Dvelas ‘reusail’ project: new courses towards fruitful re-use

Dvelas ‘reusail’ project: new courses towards fruitful re-use

April 2017


neo~local design


Used boat sail fabric has inspired a Spanish company that re-use it for developing a line of furniture. Smart design that tastes like the sea.


Once they stop being used for navigation, boat sails become waste that needs to be managed. Or a high quality fabric to treasure, still perfectly resistant and very useful for outdoors furniture.
A true design idea: to take the challenge of properly exploiting the potential of this material and to make of it the center of a new business. Which produces a small-series collection of furniture pieces, generated by a thorough process of selection and tailoring of uses sails, that can value the peculiar traits of this special material, leaving their origin and original use recognizable.

Assembling the ‘Trimmer’ chair: the sail seat is fixed and stretched over its metallic frame.

The furniture designed by Enrique Kahle and by the others designers involved in the Dvelas enterprise cleverly probe the sail fabrics, appreciating their original functions and the sailing and sea experience they implicitly embed. This is the case of the Trimmer chair, developed by stretching a seat made of sail over a tubular metallic frame with accessories deriving from yachting wiring. Or in the apparently simple Fortuna outdoors portable deck-chair, whose milled marine plywood structure allows to unfold a carpet-seat, or to pack it away by rolling it up.

Trimmer chair: design Enrique Kahle.


Fortuna ‘pocket’ deck chair.

The collection has recently grown focusing on re-using yachting accessories – shackles, carabiners and so on – and on the logic of their original uses for rigging. A clear idea remains, that of a passionate re-discovery of objects, that contrasts the nullification of recycling, saving them by valorizing them as materials already rich of meanings, uses and of possible intuitions.

Each sail in Dvelas’ furniture is matched by an ID tag, recording its origins and preserving its history.



Marco Sironi

Designer and scholar at DADU


(Graphic) designer and scholar, focused on the idea of place, his background combines design skills and practice in literature. In Milan he has taught visual identity and basic design for graphics; collaborates with our Department (teaching Graphic and Product Design) since the beginning of the Design in Alghero venture.