AIT columne GOOD & NICE
Sustainable furniture and building materials – presented by InteriorPark, platform for sustainable architectural design
What’s that shimmering so nicely in black-and-white on the wall? Well, am I actually standing in a forest? No, I am in the middle of a cafeteria with waver-thin birch bark attached to wooden panels on the wall. They are Tuohi panels, the comparatively uncomplicated Finnish word for birch bark. With their structure where no section resembles the next, they turn the surface into a unique work of art. A real eye-catcher! The panelling gives the room a natural look and absorbs sound, which is very useful particularly in restaurants where the noise level at times rises to an unbearable degree.
Whenever one thinks of Thonet, immediately one sees oneself enjoying cream cake on the coffee-house chair designed in 1859, the company’s classic item of furniture. Also likely to become an evergreen is now the Sofa 2002. With its bentwood frame, it takes up the company’s origins in a modern way. Freestanding, it cuts an excellent figure and, not only therefore, is the perfect item of furniture for the lounges of hotels, bars or restaurants. The only disadvantage: One is highly reluctant to get up again. But also when it comes to sustainability, one is on the right track with Thonet.