Erik Hoedemakers
Decay is the winner of the award OVAM Ecodesign PRO — Product in development. It is an entirely wooden dining room chair from the SWAMP collection, preserved in an environmentally responsible manner.

The legs and back are scorched and the seat is mould and dry treated, thereby avoiding the use of carcinogenic substances. The chair also has a tropical look about it, whereas the timber is locally sourced. The chair is then treated with a natural oil. The use of materials is reduced to a minimum and the dimensions are based on the size of the baseboard. The modern wood joints, consisting of milled rectangular beech pegs, ensure less machining and are stronger in this design than traditional joints. The light weight of the chair reduces transport costs and increases its ease of use.

Erik Hoedemakers received a cash prize of EUR 2,000 for this design.