Environmental Responsibility- a sustainable object evolves out of a lot of different aspects - it’s not just a question of the material itself whether a product is more or less sustainable.
It all started when Nicola Stattmann asked us to create a chair. Nicola embodies Stattmann Furniture, a furniture collection which is locally produced, 100km around the company itself.
For us, the environmental responsibility is one of the most important aspects of the design process. When it comes to such an approach it's always important to look at the product and the whole production process holistically. The CURV chair is mostly out of the mono material solid wood. Even if this material is the closest product next to a grown tree, it doesn’t necessary mean that it is sustainable. The process, the wood went through is really deciding. One could get solid wood from far away with a lot of pesticides, and then the material even if it is a sustainable one suddenly isn’t sustainable any more.
Another important aspect is to look precisely at the details, the chair’s stopper are made out of natural caoutchouc and the dowels which are often out of steel are made out of cotton within the CURV chair. In the end the wood’s finish is also really deciding. Stattmann Furniture uses biodegradable water-based stains which are sealed with a biological wax applied by hand.
Next to all hard sustainable facts, one of the most important things for us is visual sustainability. Visual sustainability describes the fact that you don’t throw an object away before it’s not completely worn. Our aim was to create familiar aspects, which have a modern character at the same time. We are searching for a formal presence within a special character by avoiding a spacial dominance within an assembly. In the best case the result is, that one doesn’t get tired of looking at it, because these aspects create something interesting, which is the best base for a visual sustainability.
The half-life of a product is the most deciding point when it comes to environmental responsibility. When you only use a product for a very short time, it can be designed as sustainable as possible but it never will be.