To build a truly sustainable company (and make the biggest difference) these are the principles we're following. They will evolve through experience and we will continue to share our learnings and progress. Please feel free to ask questions, challenge us or call us out. We are here to learn!
We are aiming to
1. design longevity into everything we make
2. choose the best quality construction at every turn
3. create finishes that become more beautiful over time
4. pursue simplicity in everything we do
5. reduce waste by only making what is needed
6. eliminate the need for physical sample pieces and associated showrooms and travel
7. hold minimal materials stock
8. pass on making skills and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion
9. consider nature with every purchase
10. promote regeneration and degrowth
A restored Matthew Cox oak fotheringhay table re-finished and ready for a new home.
We are committed to developing a sustainable company that can support the full lifecycle of furniture made to last over 100 years, as well as the custodians of that furniture, and the people who make and restore it.
Becoming fully sustainable means devoting our attention to a dizzying number of tasks but we believe our greatest impact is in making furniture to last generations, both materially and aesthetically. 100 years is our benchmark. We often handle furniture and lighting this old, so we know that by using similar materials and techniques we'll ensure longevity. And with the benefit of hindsight and technology, we continue to push the boundaries of what's considered possible.
Quality is imperative and takes constant effort. We also strive for simplicity. Simplicity in design means furniture or lighting that transcends fashions, geography and time. This often takes even greater effort than quality but it's powerful.