The category of Scandinavian chairs with plastic shells has enjoyed dazzling success over the last twenty years. These are lightweight chairs, often less expensive than all-wooden chairs, and particularly comfortable thanks to the natural elasticity of the shell and the ergonomic design.
The term 'plastic' is a misnomer, hiding a multitude of often highly innovative materials, including recycled polypropylene, sometimes mixed with fragments of wood or plastic from post-consumer waste. Aesthetically, plastics offer the advantage of being able to combine a wide choice of colours. Shells are often available in versions with or without armrests, and can often be upholstered - whether in the form of a simple fixed seat cushion, padding covering the entire interior or full upholstery.