Lulu Pennell


Bean Chair

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Bean is created entirely from spent coffee grounds and post-consumer recycled plastics. By incorporating spent grounds, the chair maintains a very subtle coffee aroma, enhancing the eating experience through the sense of smell. The material also gives the chair a natural brown color without having to use any dyes or pigments. This neutral earth-toned color can easily pair with many different interiors. Bean was designed with simplicity so it could be injection molded and mass produced. The form of Bean is heavily influenced by its manufacturing process, serendipitously creating a softness to the form that allows it to easily release from the mold.


Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each year, and growing. However, there is little use for coffee grounds after they have been brewed, and often they are discarded into the trash and sent to landfills where they produce methane gas that contributes to global warming. Bean was designed based on zerowaste principles, creating a story of sustainability and environmental responsibility that rewards its users every time they sit in it.