Elaborate your thoughts on environmentally conscious design
NH: Both Christina and I have been teaching design students for many years. We taught our students about material efficiency and made them aware of social and environmental responsibility. Being designers ourselves, we have a huge role to play.
Therefore, contemplating a design process, we focus on achieving minimal environmental impact. We focus first and foremost on a product’s longevity on three fundamental parameters; design, function and durability.
Even though we drew the very first lines 15 years ago, the Four Cast chair is still going strong. This testifies to the chair’s longevity on all parameters. Four years ago, we launched the FourSure® chair, and we are incredibly proud of this chair because it is the first chair in Scandinavia to achieve the EU Ecolabel.
CS: Basically, the whole product lifecycle, is taken into account. From the extraction of the raw materials to production, packaging and transport, right through to use, disassembly and end-of-life.
NH: Both chairs have been specially designed with focus on disassembly and recyclability in mind, ensuring re-utilisation of materials and components. The unique casted cradle and plastic lock replaces the need for an embedded metal knot. This makes the assembly and disassembly of the product easy and quick. This assembly method is pivotal in today’s throwaway society because it provides the ability for replacement of components meaning the chair can be renovated instead of disposed of. The chair is also available fully upholstered, or partially upholstered, which is straight forward to dismantle.