CRITERIA

   

 

Just a couple words about us to start with, if you haven’t heard about our furniture and our philosophy. Two words, which best represent us: design and ecology. Think of them together, because together they make for excellent design. Always striving to embody sustainability, using resources in a responsible way, with respect for nature and human labor. Nowadays, sustainability has become a common idea, and we are happy about this. We started thinking about it back in 1996. And we would like to show the results of our far-sightedness.

The wood we use comes from European and Bolivian forests, both of which respect the same standards regarding the commerce of wood, with the guarantee that the lumber is produced so that the forests can regenerate.
The design phase rests on this awareness and the control of the production phases which serve both as the starting point and the crowning achievement.
Our furniture is designed to be essential and functional, even minimalist.
Most of our pieces are fully jointed, with the joints in full view, which underline the way they are assembled. Some designs are not even jointed, but the elements are simply placed one on top of another, like our solid wood bookcases, made of two modules plus shelves of different dimensions. We strive for the greatest simplicity and the greatest lightness. It is no surprise that we started with plywood, designing 10kg bookcases which can support 300kg.
Today our catalogue includes furnishings for every room, from the living room to the study to the bedroom to the kitchen, as well as TotemBuild, to construct entire environments including partitions, walls and stairways, out of plywood. Since 1999 we have produced a line for children and preschools. These products are stackable, light-weight, easy to assemble, and be used to create enclosed or open environments, depending on how the elements are arranged and the different materials.
We continue designing and thinking up new ideas, inspired by our passion for function and sustainability.
Take a look, and leave us your comments! We appreciate them!

Eco-friendly furniture rulebook (according to us)
Everybody talks about natural, sustainable or ecological furniture these days, often without even specifying what makes them so, trying to appeal to the increased sensibility of consumers to these topics, as a marketing strategy.
In our opinion, the criteria to define what makes a piece of furniture eco-friendly are numerous and rigorous.
These are the ones we uphold:
1. Eco-friendly furniture has to be made of natural materials, not necessarily recycled ones. Although recycling doesn’t use up natural resources, they are not quality materials and they are not produced respecting environmentally friendly standards.
2. Eco-friendly furniture is high-quality and has to be long-lasting: its long useful life generates less waste, with real benefits for the environment.
3. Eco-friendly furniture is made from well-managed forests, where the cutting is planned.
4. Natural furniture resects the communities of people who live in forest regions, and have often lived there for centuries, for whom the forest is a source of richness and a necessity for survival.
5. All of our furniture can be disassembled for transport and storage and the packaging is minimal so as to reduce waste.
6. We avoid using screws and metal elements that wear down over time, making the joints and the furniture weak. Our furniture is designed to be assembled and disassembled time and time again, without the joints losing efficiency.
7. Everything we design is meant to be used for a long, long time.
8. Furniture should be transformable, according to the size and shape of the space it is placed in. This is why many pieces are modular: bookcases can be modified and enlarged or reduced by adding or removing modules; children’s furniture transform so that they can be used for a longer period of time; drawers and containers can be recomposed or added to in order to create new items.
9. Our furniture is lightweight because the materials we use are lightweight. But their construction makes them very strong and robust, able to support 30 times their weight.
10. The materials are recognizable. The surfaces can be colored or polished, using natural finishes or oils, without altering their appearance.

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