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october 019
written Michelle Heath


“Our house is on fire.”

These strong words belong to Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old environmental activist from Sweden. She’s not wrong; the climate crisis is very real and very much a crisis.

There are plenty of things that we can do to help curb this disaster and even avoid it. Many methods are worked into our everyday actions like recycling, riding a bike or using reusable shopping bags, but there are other means of helping to reduce our impact on the earth.

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Following 5 design companies and their work also contribute to a healthier planet:

Environmental responsibility is something that Denmark’s NORMANN COPENHAGEN values highly within their design studio. Sourcing materials from responsible manufacturers and continually pushing the boundaries of what materials and design are capable of provides Normann Copenhagen the opportunity to design work that is both innovative and timeless.

The Jalousi Sideboard is a combination of all of Normann Copenhagen’s strengths. Pulling inspiration from the way a watch and conveyor belts move using equally sized components; the movement of the Jalousi door is industrial and technical but also elegant.
With this piece, Normann Copenhagen has designed something that is both complex and simple. With their continued commitment to environmentally responsible materials and processes and their socially conscious approach to design, Norman Copenhagen is adding meaningful design to a world drowning in quantity and not quality.

Since 1949, Denmark’s FREDERICIA, illustrates that design must ‘grow old with dignity and grace’. With a portfolio of works that are practical, elegant and minimal, Fredericia’s designs inherently possess a flexibility to work within various design styles and periods of time. Fredericia has extensive environmental incentives that apply to each material and process of manufacturing through to shipping. There is also a strong commitment to the people they work with, knowing that environment impacts people no matter the place. Fredericia knows the value of their commitment to the environment and their people; the proof is evident in their longevity within the design industry. The Magazine Table, designed by Jens Risom, embodies all of Fredericia’s values. The use of a singular material and its simple construction allow the Magazine Table to gracefully exist within a space. The soft lines and the familiar wood texture give the design approachability and a sense of familiarity. With such attributes, Magazine Table is a something that will find its place in any setting and definitely age gracefully.

NORMANN COPENHAGEN    Jalousi Sideboard Dark Blue, Designed by Simon Legald

NORMANN COPENHAGEN

Jalousi Sideboard Dark Blue, Designed by Simon Legald

FREDERICIA    Magazine Table (Model 6500), Designed by Jens Risom (Originally designed in 1949)

FREDERICIA

Magazine Table (Model 6500), Designed by Jens Risom (Originally designed in 1949)

 
THONET   top_ S 64 Cantilever Chair - buttom_ Tubular Steel Desk S 285, both designed by Marcel Breuer (Originally designed in 1935)

THONET
top_ S 64 Cantilever Chair - buttom_ Tubular Steel Desk S 285, both designed by Marcel Breuer (Originally designed in 1935)

Designs that stand the test of time have an incredible impact on the environment because they eliminate the need for new material and manufacturing.

THONET has provided the design world with countless design pieces that have continued to be relevant and sought after even today. The S 285 desk and the S 64 chair by Marcel Breuer are some of those pieces that were such prolific pieces at the time of its creation and continue to be icons of quality, class, and strength. Breuer’s designs were important contributions to the history of both architecture and furniture.

His minimalist use of materials and decoration allow the S 285 desk and the S 64 chair to move with time rather than to stay rooted in its Bauhaus era conception. Their thin profiles provide them with a subtle presence within a space while its steel and wood construction gives it the robustness to last. It is unclear if Breuer anticipated his design would continue to be so significant well into the 21st century but his intention of a design that would last has succeeded tenfold.

 

Louis Poulsen’s Snowball pendant is another prolific design that has maintained its prominence within the design industry.

LOUIS POULSEN   PH Snowball Pendant, Designed by Poul Henningsen (Originally designed in 1924)

LOUIS POULSEN
PH Snowball Pendant, Designed by Poul Henningsen (Originally designed in 1924)

LOUIS POULSEN strives to not only design beautiful lights but to also ‘shape light and create spaces.’ It is design-driven by more than aesthetics, beginning to enter the emotional and psychological realms of people. This allows a deeper connection and a greater value is placed on pieces which in turn encourages a lasting relationship.
When a design is so thoroughly perfect, the need to replace it becomes less and even non-existent. Good design forces a reduction in consumerism, which affects the need for more ‘stuff.’ If design continues to provide such a strong presence our desire for more becomes less and that is truly good for the environment.

 

Consisting of just two components, Poiat’s Lavitta Chair is a classic in the making.

POIAT, a Finnish design studio, is led by three main design principles: simplicity, functionality, and lasting quality. Those principles are clearly seen in the minimalist design of the Lavitta Chair. Two pieces of wood with soft curves create a beautiful chair but also a sculptural piece of functional art. The design is free from gimmicks and trends, able to hold its own place in the design world as they adapt and grow with people and time. Good design is so much more than craft and sales targets. Good design needs to be relevant, practical, and beautiful beyond expectation.

This longevity is what will aid in the climate crisis. When the need for fast fossil fuel consuming design is eradicated, so too will the crisis. Now more than ever, the words of Vivienne Westwood are relevant, ‘buy less, choose well, make it last ’.

POIAT   Lavitta Lounge Chair, Black

POIAT
Lavitta Lounge Chair, Black

 




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