SOURCE: Sekisui Voltek

May 14, 2007 13:53 ET

Boston's "Big Dig" Inspires Designer to Create Chair With Unique Foam Materials

LAWRENCE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 14, 2007 -- Sekisui Voltek, LLC is helping Justin Gologorsky by donating materials, including Minicel® L200 foam, to construct a prototype of Tumble -- an interactive seat that playfully suggests to be flipped. Each position yields a different sitting experience: flat, curved, inclined, and the amusing rocker. Constructed with a tunneling polypropylene frame wrapped in crosslinked closed-cell polyethylene foam, Tumble is lightweight and durable, made for interior or exterior use. Color is customizable.

With an architectural background, Gologorsky looks for 'beauty' in the built environment and lets it evolve into a project. The idea for the shape of the chair came to him while he was driving through Boston's "Big Dig" and spotted a concrete box beam. The inherent structural shape of the beam provides stability to the chair. The idea for the materials came to him while in the pool, using a swimming buoy. The Minicel® L200 foam enables Gologorsky to select a single material to accomplish issues of color, form, cushion, lightweight, and durability.

"In my design, I like to let the materials be the end result," he says, noting the simplicity of the Tumble.

The Tumble prototype is evolving into a production item with an anticipatory full scale launch in autumn 2007. This past January, he exhibited the piece at the International Furniture Fair in Cologne, Germany.

"The first thing people do when they see the chair is touch the foam," says Gologorsky, who remarks that the foam is one of the main attractions of the interactive and playful chair.

Minicel® L200 is an extremely fine-celled, chemically crosslinked foam in bun form that is ideal for a wide variety of applications where a thicker foam is required. It combines a smooth aesthetic feel with superior physical and chemical properties, and is available in a wide range of types, colors and densities.

Sekisui Voltek is a global leader in the development of crosslinked, closed-cell polyolefin foams for various applications, such as automotive components, appliances, telecommunications, consumer equipment, and toys, as well as leisure and sports equipment.

Sekisui Voltek offers three main product lines: Volara®, Volextra® and Minicel®. Within each of them, Sekisui Voltek can modify elements like resin selection, additives, foaming technologies, crosslinking parameters, density, and thickness to achieve the performance parameters customers need.

For more information about Tumble, contact Justin Gologorsky by e-mail at or by visiting his website, which includes more products, at

For more information about Sekisui Voltek, contact the company at 100 Shepard Street, Lawrence, MA 01843. Phone: (978) 685-2557. Fax: (978) 685-9861. Or visit their website at

Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a part of the worldwide network of Sekisui companies, is a global leader in the development and production of crosslinked, closed-cell polyolefin foams. For over 35 years, Sekisui Voltek's innovative foam solutions have been used for a wide variety of applications within the transportation, tape and healthcare, building and construction, sports and leisure, and general industrial markets. Sekisui Voltek has three primary foam processes; Volara® -- irradiation crosslinked polyolefin foam in roll, and laminated sheet form, Volextra® -- an extrusion coated Volara® composite and Minicel® -- a chemically crosslinked foam in bun form.

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