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Marcelo Alegre reveals the making of the TNK 500: Sustainable Engineering and Creativity

Marcelo Alegre reveals the making of the TNK 500: Sustainable Engineering and Creativity

JULY 2012 | 2 minutes

Advanced engineering and creativity are completely compatible with sustainability. Marcelo Alegre, designer for Actiu TNK 500program, revealed in FADfest 2012 the making of the new chair.

The presentation took place in a ceremony in which Actiu was the collaborating party, during the celebration of FADfest 2012. Fadfest, is an annual event in which FAD celebrates excellent creativity, recognises the work of  professionals and businesses, and brings the culture of design to an audience identified with discilipline.

“Working with Actiu always implies a good working methodology, which starts with an analytical phase in which innovation arises from the observation of our closest surroundings” explains Marcelo Alegre.

TNK 500 is accredited via Red Dot  Product Design Award 2012, as one of the best designed products at international level highlighting a series of functional, technical and technological details, with a timeless and elegant shape.

Amongst the systems that TNK 500 incorporates, the evolutionary double syncro mechanism to control the return of the back is highlighted, patented by Actiu. The primary function is to control the speed of the return by means of a gas cylinder. The second system controls the locking of any position and return control when the user is detached from the back.

The ergonomics of this product have been one of the most studied features, making the TNK 500 comfortably respond to the mobility needs of all types of users, adapting smoothly to any position and minimizing the effort of users to maintain and vary positions, all in a natural way without the need to make manual adjustments.

Actiu environmental policy opts for the use of recycled materials which do not constrain operability and durability of its products. The materials used in the fabrication of TNK 500 chairs such as aluminium and plastic are totally recyclable. Furthermore, the incorporation of technological production systems minimize energy resources used in the manufacture of each component, getting the maximum use out of materials in order to eliminate losses and minimize the generation of waste.