THIS architect duo from Jaipur creates sustainable furniture using recycled honeycomb paper!
In an attempt to provide sustainable and modern furnishing options, Hexpression, a Jaipur-based startup is making furniture using composite honeycomb paper. Established in the year 2018 by architects Abhimanyu Singh and Shilpi Dua, the firm has crafted a range of unique furniture sets in its journey of over 2 years. Aligning with its objective to promote sustainable living, the company also delivers interesting options for ready-to-assemble green homes.
Creating foldable & portable furniture using the new-age raw material
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The main idea behind this venture's inception was to express ideas through honeycombs, which are hexagonal in shape, as the name Hexpressions suggests. According to Shilpi Dua, an architect, retail, service designer and the Chief Operating Officer of Hexpressions, the foldable quality of this furniture ensures ease of portability. One can fold a table into a book and keep it on the shelf. While folding and opening, it creates various patterns which add to its artistic feel.
Besides being light in weight, these products have a durability of 5 to 10 years as well, informed Dua. According to the makers, a small piece of 1.5 by 1.5 feet of honeycomb can carry about 1.2 tons of weight. Along with their strength, these furniture sets are also claimed to be water-resistant. "It will remain intact until it is not in contact with water for a long time. Otherwise, if there is a splash, you can simply wipe it off as it is water-resistant paper," said Dua.
Honeycomb COVID beds to the rescue!
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In the past, this couple has donated beds made using recycled honeycomb paper to the Jaipur district administration for COVID centres. Abhimanyu Singh, the CEO and co-founder of this startup said, "These beds can be easily installed within two minutes. They weigh only 10 kg but can bear a weight of up to 300 kg,"
Providing greener alternative, one home at a time!
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Apart from making furniture, Singh and Dua have also use recycled honeycomb shells in construction. With zero carbon footprint of its own, this alternative is not only environmentally friendly but also very economical. Notably, it accounts for nearly half of what a traditional construction would cost. This technique is also time-saving as it only takes them two weeks to set a studio apartment up. Through this inventive product, Hexpressions is providing a greener alternative, one home at a time!