Upholsterers from 12 nations are united in a listing developed by Swedish furnishings model Massproductions to assist clients lengthen the lifespan of their smooth furnishings.
Founder Magnus Elebäck mentioned the service, known as Face Lift, is basically a “pretty-looking database” that factors out beneficial craftsmen on a map in order that purchasers can discover a trusted useful resource for reupholstering their items as a substitute of discarding them.
“Less and less people are turning to their local upholsterer to take care of their furniture,” Elebäck instructed Dezeen. “They’d rather throw it away and buy something new.”
“Over time, upholstery can become worn, outdated or have stains that are difficult to remove. This does not mean that the furniture has reached the end of its life. A visit to a skilled upholsterer can give furniture a second chance.”
By enabling clients to search out assist domestically, Massproductions hopes to minimise the environmental impression of its furnishings whereas stopping the transport emissions that might be generated if purchasers from everywhere in the world had been to ship their items again to its manufacturing facility in Sweden.
“If we make the craft more visible and accessible, we hope to lower the threshold for recovering a piece of furniture,” Elebäck mentioned.
“Upholsterers are a profession that we must cherish. They take care of our furniture and give them a new life, while we save on nature’s resources.”
From right here, the goal is to develop Face Lift via word-of-mouth, with Massproductions’ community of native sellers, retailers and distributors serving to to supply certified upholsterers.
The model finally hopes to develop the initiative into different upkeep companies such because the floor therapies wanted to refinish metallic out of doors furnishings.
“With all the abuse that the weather gives a piece of outdoor furniture, you need to re-coat it after a few years,” Elebäck defined. “But a local powder-coater is not something you always come across.”
In a bid to display the chances of restoration and present clients why it is price going via the additional effort, Massproductions has additionally commissioned a solid of artists to reupholster 4 of its used Crown armchairs as a part of a sequence known as Crown Jewels.
So far, solely one of many one-off items has been revealed, courtesy of Geneva artist Flora Mottini who lined the chair in waves of sunshine blue smooth foam to create an exaggerated sculptural kind.
The seats that kind the idea of the venture had been initially utilized by a PR company in Stockholm and returned to Massproductions once they had been not wanted.
“We also did something similar in London with a restaurant in the Gherkin, where we actually took all the furniture back, reconditioned it and then sent it back,” Elebäck mentioned.
“It’s becoming more and more common that our clients want to do it that way.”
“We’ve always designed things that can be serviced or have a long life,” added Massproductions’ co-founder and designer Chris Martin. “Now we’re seeing more of our customers wanting those aspects too.”
While efforts to decarbonise the furnishings trade have historically centered on materials provide chains, a rising variety of firms, together with Vestre and Takt, are investigating take-back schemes to take accountability for the end-of-life side of their merchandise.
This is critical to assist them attain their net-zero emissions objectives in step with the Paris Agreement, with the goal of finally limiting international warming to round 1.5 levels Celcius.
Although Massproductions has not but set a concrete timeline for changing into net-zero, the model is at the moment working with Danish lifecycle screening firm Measurable to calculate its carbon footprint and can be saying its targets within the coming yr.