REX (HET TWEEDE LEVEN VAN REX, DE EERSTE NEDERLANDSE STATIEGELDSTOEL)
Circuform gives industrially designed furniture a circular life and has re-released Ineke Hans’s design from 2011. The result is REX: a sustainable and completely recyclable chair that can be returned for a guaranteed deposit of twenty euros. This further development of the very first Dutch deposit chair encourages a different way of consuming; not throwing away after (re)use, but returning it. The returned chairs are checked, cleaned, repaired and sold again. Broken chairs are shredded into raw material for new production. REX has already been acquired by various museums, including the Vitra Design Museum, Museum Boijmans Rotterdam and the Design Museum Gent.
The concept of paying a deposit usually applies to products that would otherwise end up as waste. With REX, Ineke Hans challenges a world in which a chair is a disposable product. What courage to reintroduce this design, with a surprising vision of the afterlife of furniture. Compliments for her decisiveness and perseverance. It delivers a relevant upgrade: the colour differences make the elements recognisable, a refreshing way of making clear that you can take a chair apart and repair it. With good reflection on the first design, she has developed a product that, in all respects, is based on what is already there.