RCA graduates propose new Strata system as a way to extend the lifecycle of furniture

Royal College of Art graduates Katrine Hesseldahl and Victor Strimfors have designed a modular sofa made from three distinct layers in an attempt to combat furniture waste.

The sofa is part of a broader manufacturing model called Strata, which the pair imagined for their masters programme in Design Products. The system divides furniture up into a skin, middle and base layer.

By allowing owners to swap out just the layers that are most likely to need changing – the cushion and covering – the duo hopes to offer a more sustainable alternative to throwaway home-ware.

“It’s about less material going into and out of the system,” Hesseldahl told Dezeen. “We really want to have less bulky waste.”

Hesseldahl and Strimfors were prompted to design Strata after reading a report that highlighted...

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Big Shots raises £23k for furniture charity

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing Industry charity, has announced that its latest fundraiser Big Shots has raised around £23,000.

The annual clay pigeon shoot fundraiser, which is now in its 23rd year, was once again held at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on 8 June 2017.

A total of 33 teams, made up of representatives from across the furnishing industry, took part in this year’s fundraiser, which was sponsored by Furniture Village as well as the other companies that supported Big Shots through sponsorship or a donation to the auction and raffle.

They were: Amazing Venues, BrightHouse, Cabinet Maker, Cheffins, The Clare Family Trust, Colourfast, Creo, Celtheath, Davy’s of London, Fare of London, J H Haskin & Son Ltd, Knoll, Peroda and ViSp...

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