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MOEBE was formed in 2014 by architects Martin de Neergaard Christensen, Nicholas Oldroyd and cabinet maker Anders Thams.
MOEBE designs everything in-house and brings their designs from idea to the final product. Their products are designed with modularity in mind, they are component-based and can be assembled, repaired and recycled with ease. They strive to reduce their designs to their most simple forms.
MOEBE products are created so that they can be repaired easily. So that should a part break, then only the piece that is broken needs to be replaced rather than the product as a whole.
Whilst MOEBE products are designed to last, it's important to accept that needs can change. Much of the furniture built in the early part of the 1900's can still be found today, but why don't we keep it? Quality is often great. The thing is that how we use our furniture and what we find beautiful is not the same now as it was then. So whilst MOEBE products can be repaired and maintained indefinitely they can also be easily stripped to their individual parts and recycled.
MOEBE treat the design of their packaging as important as their products. The packaging is cardboard-based, with no lamination. It protects the products through the rigors of shipping, and once its job is complete can easily be recycled.
MOEBE products all consist of separable parts, ensuring that they can be packaged in their most reduced form, thereby, cutting down transport volume to an absolute minimum.
MOEBE like keeping their producers close. That's why more than 40% of production is based in Denmark. It's also why 95% of their total production takes place within the EU. Keeping producers local helps to minimise transport from production to their primary sales market in Europe. Which just makes sense. But it's about much more than that. It’s about how they produce. MOEBE care about how the workers who produce their designs are treated. All humans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. And they care about how they affect the environment around them.
Placing the vast part of their production in Europe supports these beliefs. They always hold suppliers up to their stringent standards, and producing in the EU means that there is furthermore a strong legal framework supporting when making sure that people and environment are treated right.
Certification is an important part of what MOEBE do. All their wood is European. It is sourced from suppliers who ensure a sustainable harvest and reforestation paying respect for the environment. This is an important step towards more sustainable products.
The main part of their wooden products are made from FSC® and PEFC® certified wood. You can find more information under each product.
MOEBE products are designed with modularity in mind, they are component-based and can be assembled, repaired and recycled with ease. MOEBE strive to reduce their designs to their most simple forms.
The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.
The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.
This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.
Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.
How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.
This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.
How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.
At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.