Created by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Artek, the modular 10-Unit System is based on L-shaped units that can be combined in different ways to make a chair, a table, or a bench. The chair and table each require 10 units, while the bench requires 20. Made of UPM ProFi, a wood-plastic composite of recycled paper and plastic, the furniture can be disposed of by incineration. Black and white are the standard colors; the chair measures 33" tall, 16" wide, and 17" deep, while the table is 271/2" square. The bench is 33" high and 31" wide. artek.fi
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