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Background
The lack of design, the wrong material use, deforestation, the non-existence of "Systems thinking" and not analyzing the complete life of a product in the furniture industry has driven people to have to buy cheap pieces that sometimes do not last more than eighteen weeks.

There are different factors that contribute with this issue. The poor material choices such as MDF, veneers that do not come from controlled forests, and paints with VOC's affect not only the environment but also the person that acquires them.  The human factor could be approached from both sides of the process, the creator of the product on one side, and the buyer on the other one.  Processes and tools that the manufacturer uses to create a piece of furniture could be very damaging if the correct safety measures are not taken. As for the buyer, inhaling injurious materials could cause disease on the long term.

  Consequences.  Some of the consequences of furniture disposal.

Consequences. Some of the consequences of furniture disposal.

 

The usual process starts in the factory. The product is created and sent to the store where the final consumer can buy it and take it home.  How do we close the cycle? How do we stop the consumer from throwing the product away? 

  Assembly.  Perspective View.

Assembly. Perspective View.

  Composition.  Four pieces offered separately, FSC approved and easy to manufacture assure that the user can build easily the product. If any of the pieces gets hurt, it can be easily changed without having to get another complete desk. Few screws are needed to put it together.

Composition. Four pieces offered separately, FSC approved and easy to manufacture assure that the user can build easily the product. If any of the pieces gets hurt, it can be easily changed without having to get another complete desk. Few screws are needed to put it together.

  Assembly.  Exploded view

Assembly. Exploded view

  Versatility . Different views give different feeling and decreases the chance of changing the desk.

Versatility. Different views give different feeling and decreases the chance of changing the desk.

  Versatility . The main surface can be offered in an infinite amount of colors and patterns.

Versatility. The main surface can be offered in an infinite amount of colors and patterns.

Process

When the user requires a new piece, Customer Service would recollect the used pieces and recycle them.

  The "Cradle to Cradle" framework is an approach that is not only concerned with the manufacture of the product. It is a system that involves the product from beginning to end and proposes a never ending process where the amount of disposal is reduced to a minimum.

The "Cradle to Cradle" framework is an approach that is not only concerned with the manufacture of the product. It is a system that involves the product from beginning to end and proposes a never ending process where the amount of disposal is reduced to a minimum.

Based on this proposal, an unlmited amount of furniture could be designed, the desk is only the beginning..