The Breakout Grant Finalist: Furniture Collection by Kouros Maghsoudi

Launched in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN’s Design Days, the 2021 Collection by Iranian-American Kouros Maghsoudi is a carbon-neutral, sustainable, postmodern collection inspired by Iranian and Middle Eastern motifs, traditions, and culture. The collection promotes sustainable practices, the New York economy, and Iranian culture.

The 2021 Collection is made from entirely sustainable, VOC-free, and locally sourced materials. The table, for example, is made from FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) MDF and plywood sourced from NYC-based lumberyards. The MDF used on the table is 92% pre-consumer recycled content, which includes manufacturing waste that would have otherwise been sent to a landfill. The chair in the 2021 Collection is 3D-printed with corn-based plastic, uses a recycled aluminum armature, and hemp-based infill. Lastly, all fabrication energy use is offset with carbon credits, ensuring that the line produces zero carbon emissions.

Not only are Kouros’ pieces fabricated in Brooklyn by a BIPOC-run business, but the material is also locally sourced from New York lumberyards and hardware stores. With a ubiquitous negative portrayal of Iran, many often overlook the art and culture produced by the Persian population. While the furniture is not explicitly using Iranian motifs, the pieces are lightly inspired by Iranian culture and traditions. The line sheds a positive light on Iranian design and hopes to bring Iranian culture into people’s homes through playful contemporary furniture pieces.