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The strength of concrete is fully demonstrated by the elegant new chair designed by Omer Arbel and launched at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. The 8.0 chair is a prototype of a new collection of indoor/outdoor furniture being developed in collaboration with concrete manufacturer Lafarge and Formglas, a fabrication company. The chair is produced using a high-strength concrete called Ductal that offers six to eight times greater strength than traditional concrete. So far Ductal has only been used for infrastructure and construction projects. Arbel's intention is to explore the potential of the material for furniture.

The high strength of Ductal means that the chair has a very thin profile and a tenuous-looking cantilever for the seat. This gives the chair a fragile elegance that belies its strength. For further details visit www. omerarbel. com

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