Sustainability concerns us all. It is important for our planet and is also becoming an important driver in the home furnishings industry.

Design is a key factor in determining the life cycle assessment of any product. This also applies to furniture and furnishings. What opportunities do we have to make facilities more sustainable and where is the added value for the end consumer? These are the essential questions that we will explore together in this professional workshop.

The workshop is aimed at furniture manufacturers, furniture designers, interior architects and product designers who would like to find ways of designing and producing products that are as sustainable as possible for themselves and their companies. For this purpose, the entire life cycle of the product is considered, from design, material, production, transport, trade, assembly, use and recycling.

For this purpose, the moderator and trend expert Katrin de Louw (TRENDFILTER) has invited well-known speakers to give short impulse lectures:

Ursula Geismann, Managing Director of the Initiative Furnier+ Natur e.V., will provide information and inspiration on the subject of “Wood is not just wood – interesting facts about the most sustainable of all raw materials”.

And Nils Bader, founder and managing director of the Green Product Award, will explain in his keynote speech “Green Product Award- Our evaluation criteria for the jury’s decision-making process”.

Best Practice: Furniture Footprint

In this workshop, Tim Köhnken, Sustainability Management & Product Development at Zeitraum GmbH, will present a particularly interesting best-practice example. He developed the concept of “FURNITURE FOOTPRINT” for the company and is in charge of the ongoing project, which is about constantly evaluating and optimising the company’s own products in terms of sustainability.

In the workshop, a change of perspective will then take place in the afternoon and the added value for the consumer will be sought. What arguments does the trade need to sell organic products? What arguments can best encourage a purchase at the point of sale if the ecological product is more expensive than the conventional one? The professionals work out solutions in groups, because the concentrated know-how of the participating professionals has to be combined!

3G: Admission for vaccinated, recovered or with daily negative Corona rapid test

Safety first: Any participant who is not vaccinated or recovered will be required to submit a daily Corona rapid test with a negative result. Despite our 600m² forum, we limit the number of participants to a maximum of 22 people and connect the speakers online. Distance is maintained and the forum has been disinfected in advance and is well ventilated. Disinfectants for surfaces and hands are also always available.

The results of the workshop will be made available to all participants afterwards.

Location: FURNITURE FUTURE FORUM, Uhlendiekstr. 88, 32257 Bünde

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021; 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Price per participant: 490,-€ plus. statutory VAT

Organizer: TRENDFILTER- design future for furniture and materials

Moderation: Katrin de Louw

(450,-€ pro Person zzgl. MwSt. Netzwerkpartner erhalten 10% Rabatt)