Many companies, manufacturers and consumers alike are looking to reduce the carbon footprint and find a more direct, and ecological method for furniture production and distribution.
The problem with this, throughout the age of industrialization, was not always ideology but functionality and cost. Today, this is more accessible for your average person looking to find affordable furniture pieces. One company cashing in on the current trend, is the Australian firm Ingrain Designs. They conjure up, and manufacture custom-made furniture concepts, tailored to client's’ specification requests.
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Igrain’s wares involve clever dining tables, coffee tables, television/media stands, floating vanities for the restroom, bar seats, and additional accessories for safekeeping.
Custom pieces last longer than your average piece of furniture, and cater more to an individual’s sense of style. They also result in a stronger emotional attachment for the buyer, because it’s their idea, brought to life. Ingrain Designs rep Ben Purchase had some inspiring comments about the process.
“Custom made is more affordable in the long run and people are cottoning on to the longevity you get out of a custom piece. We’ve seen a rise of handmade, and a growing concern for the environment. We’re more conscious now of where our furniture is coming from: how it was made, what it’s made out of and who made it.”
What’s great about a business approach like this is it incorporates locally sourced, recycled timber companies to acquire the building materials, and does not involve keeping middlemen around for no reason. This saves shipping time, increases efficiency, and reduces truck emissions.
Purchase also spoke about the design process: “Everything we make is custom made. So people can walk in and completely adapt a design based on their dimensions, desired timber type (lighter or darker toned boards) and configurations (e.g. how many drawers, doors), or we can work with customers to design something completely different. And we love the creativity and flexibility that gives us,”
An American company making similar strides in creativity, and sustainability, is France and Son. They also buy quality materials directly, manufacture well-designed pieces from the warehouse, and provide lasting customer service beyond the initial point of sale.
Here are some things to consider, when brainstorming ideas for custom furniture:
1. Have some kind of direction, when discussing your idea with the designer/manufacturer. This gives them a better idea about pricing and timing for the completion. It’s like going to a tattoo artist. You present them with some kind of illustration, and they take it to the next level.
2. Have an understanding about the size and scope of the project, so you can make sure that your custom piece will actually fit in your home!
3. Make sure your designer of choice is capable of recreating the design or style you’re looking for. It will look better at the end if they are working in familiar territory.
4. Be patient! Custom pieces take some more time to get all the specifications correct.
5. Find out about other services the designer/manufacturer offers. You may be able to get multiple projects done at once, for a bargain.