Furniture and Spatial Design/Interior Architecture

Durability through variation

How can the design of furniture for the home market help to reduce waste and consumption? 

What was the problem you wanted to work on/find a solution to?

Norwegians’ average lifetime consumption of furniture is more than six tonnes per person, which is ridiculously high. I wanted to study how to best reduce furniture waste from the home market. I looked at the big picture as regards how we view the use of furniture over time, how furniture is produced, and our attitudes to re-use and materials recycling.

What has the process been like?

The process has been very interesting, but challenging. I have tried to work in parallel on research and physical solutions in the form of models, mock-ups and workshop testing. I have worked with materials and production processes that I knew very little about, which has made the process demanding, but very rewarding.

How have you chosen to solve this task?

I have chosen to limit myself to one focus area – storage needs. I have taken an average household as my point of departure as regards long-term use, with the changes and needs that entails.

How do you envisage the project being further developed in future?

A big part of the concept behind the module-based solution that I present in my exhibition, is that it should be possible to develop it further and adapt it to other functions and expressions. I hope that several of the solutions I have worked on can have transfer value to other areas and products.