Our ancestors had a natural sense of practical aesthetics. They used materials sparingly and the objects were made to last. Wood-work was always developed to the highest quality and everything was done in balance with nature.
We cannot go back to those times, but we can learn and extract elements for our past. The use, longevity and manufacture of wood are areas in which we apply that inherited wisdom. The challenges posed today are the packaging and transport of products ecologically. We monitor and analyse our processes all the time, learning to develop with responsible solutions. Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of our products.
All of this together will guide the design.
Our most important argument for responsibility is the longevity of products. Clearly it is ecologically better to use a long-lasting product than several that are less durable. Achieving longevity and timelessness is not an easy task because time is the only measure of it. However, it is possible to achieve it in several ways.
Sustainability discussions often focus solely on material recycling. It’s important, but it is just as important to think about the process holistically, from the optimal use of materials to their life cycle. The diverse ecological properties of wood cannot be overlooked either.
Manufacturing always consumes energy. It is therefore important that nothing unnecessary is made, but that the products are necessary and durable. We make our products in batches, which means a product consumes less energy. In this way, its carbon footprint remains smaller compared to the production of individual products.
Transport always consumes energy and generates emissions. An essential factor in reducing this is efficiency of transport; more products in each shipment, reducing the carbon footprint. We pay special attention to this from the very beginning of the design.
The world is changing all the time. New information, materials and manufacturing methods are constantly being created, and conditions change quickly. In addition, new tools and programs will be introduced to monitor and develop responsibility. Design is not an island in itself but should adapt to the changes in the world around us.