Cultivating a Circular Economy
Refurbishment of a 2006 Erik Jørgensen Corona Chair, designed by Poul M. Volther.
Each year in Australia, the equivalent of 800,000 three-seater sofas, 1.65 million dining tables or 3.4 million coffee tables, are thrown away. Cultivated is a program designed to offer an alternative to disposable culture, honouring the integrity of authentic furniture and lighting which has been designed with consideration and manufactured with care.
Every piece of furniture has a story, and that story usually begins with a creative, considered and often cutting-edge idea from one curious and talented designer.
The idea is developed, designed and prototyped, often over a period of several years, to perfect quality, functionality and aesthetic.
From oak and ash to metals to fibres, fabrics and stone, raw materials are sourced and gathered, becoming building blocks for the new design.
From carpenters to fabric makers to metal workers, experienced manufacturers and creators bring the design to life using a breadth of skill and knowledge.
Enduring meetings, moments, milestones and memories, the product is lived with and worked with, often for years and maybe even for lifetimes.
Seemingly end of life products are refurbished by local craftspeople, who impart the same skill and knowledge as the original makers to bring the design back to life. Meanwhile creating a sustainable circular economy for authentic furniture and lighting.
When the product reaches the end of its life it is often thrown away, with raw materials wasted, landfill expanded, and green-house gas emissions increased.