Can the use of tropical wood in Scandinavian design support the preservation of the rainforest, and at the same time introduce a new aesthetic to the Nordic style and craft?
A series of stools that combines a minimalistic Scandinavian style with a piece of sustainable and lesser-known tropical wood. The natural and unusual characteristics of the exotic wood offers an alternative to dying commonly used wood and the project challenges the idea that using local materials in design is the only sustainable choice.
Sourcing and shipping wood from the rainforest may not seem like the most environmentally sound idea, however, by creating a demand for the right kinds of wood; lesser known FSC certified species, we increase the value of the rainforest and discourage the use of over-harvested, threatened popular species. Developing a renewed interest in tropical wood also helps to prevent the spread of highly destructive industries such as cattle farming, palm oil production etc.
By using certified wood and lesser-known species, a greater economical value is generated for forest owners, whilst simultaneously lessening the overexploitation of endangered species such as mahogany and teak - a win win scenario.
The aim of the project is to show off a wide range of wood species rather than promoting one lesser-known species, which again might lead to over-harvesting. By using small dimensions and a standard processing of the wood it allows for the use of a wide variety of lesser-known species meeting the natural cycle of the forest and the different wood species it offers at different times.
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) works to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. An FSC certification guarantees that harvested trees are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.
Find further information about the FSC and access to the lesser known species database HERE.
Materials: Powder coated steel, wood, brass.
Wood species: FSC Angelim Rajado (Zygia racemosa), FSC Amaranth (Peltogyne spp), FSC Pau Amarelo (Euxylophora paraensis)
Wood sponsored by Munio Design
Dimensions: H: 440 Ø: 330