REALISING A CIRCULAR DESIGN

Every day there are companies that decide to renew their interior or replace their furniture. Furniture is old, worn, no longer suffices or the colour no longer matches the rest of the interior. In a linear economy we usually discard products after use, in a circular economy we choose to take a different path. We take a look at which products and parts we can reuse.

Watch the video to discover what circular furnishing means.

REUSE OF PRODUCTS

Vepa is firmly en route to a waste-free factory. In the series “Sustainable Solutions by Vepa” we demonstrate how we innovate, think and above all act sustainably. We replace harmful resources with sustainable alternatives, manufacture under excellent working conditions, look for new ways to use our residual materials and create solutions for redundant, broken or discarded furniture. That is how we make sure that the trash bin stays empty.

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INVENTORY TOOL

Before we start furnishing, we make an inventory of the existing situation. This helps us to get a clear overview of the amount and condition of the existing furniture. We use a specially developed app. Based on the inventory we will determine which pieces of furniture can be reused, repaired or redeployed and which parts we can use to create new furniture.

CIRCULAR DESIGN PLAN

The inventory is the basis of the circular design plan. This plan outlines which furniture we will reuse and in what way. Our goal is to reuse the existing furniture as much as possible. Sometimes all it takes is a small adjustment to existing furniture – a new paint colour or new upholstery for example – to create suitable furniture for a new work environment. And sometimes an adjustment isn’t even necessary. Together with the client we will turn the circular design plan into specific actions and we will get to work with those. We have furnished quite a few office buildings in this circular way.

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REVITALISATION OF CHAIRS

A recent circular example is the revitalisation of 237 Arper Catifa chairs. The upholstery of the chairs was worn, but the frames didn’t require replacement yet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to re-upholster the chairs. The upholstery, foam and seat were glued together and therefore inseparable. Next, we investigated the option to place new seats on the existing frames. With a specially designed adapter our Felt seat fits perfectly on the existing Arper Catifa frames. And the beauty of it is that all 237 chairs were revitalised on-site.

REVITALISATION OF EXISTING DESKS

Not only chairs, but also desks are suitable for revitalisation projects. We have recently revitalised dozens of sit-sit desks to sit-stand desks. An adjustment to the frame made the desks more stable, and employees can now also stand while working. The added partition walls – made from our own textile waste – provide additional privacy and better acoustics in the office. It goes without saying that all materials have been reused as much as possible. Desk tops, legs and sockets have been reused without making any adjustments.

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