KWERK Slow Furniture

sustainable business concept by Dorothea Herm, Charlotte Lumbroso-Pinard and Steffen Herm

With Kwerk. Slow Furniture. we want to create a counter-trend to fast and cheap consumption of furniture. Kwerk is an innovative online platform offering both new and used furniture of high-quality from selected manufacturers. Through an intelligent financing model, which fits the individual needs of the people, we facilitate the purchase or temporary possession of sustainable furniture. We want to help people to experience quality and sustainable consumption without having to completely change their lives.

With a simple return option, we always ensure that the furniture stays in circulation and finds its way back to our platform. They can be used longer and by more people.

Thus, we not only act as a pure furniture distributor, but also as a multiplicator for sustainable consumption.

 

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THE UPPER CYCLE

sustainable consumption

The inhabitants of Berlin trash 50.000.000 tons of furniture every year. Around 80% of this litter consists of wooden panels that have been parts of shelves, closets, cupboards etc.

During my annual Research Studies at the University of Arts I have been working on an upcycling concept for discarded panels of wood and timber in combination with a rental business model. Different methods of research such as surveys and interviews helped me to isolate the potentials within the field of furniture renting/leasing. 

The shelving system Hurst is made out of wall units from the 70s. Designing processes is essential during this project to be as cost-effective as possible. Size and format of the system underlie the average size of the raw material, connecting devices are standard goods. 


 

PROJECT INTERSECT

volume, colour and surface

Basic geometric frames are combined with triangular surfaces. Together they form colourful and clean objetcs. Intersecting surfaces create new colours and colour combinations, depending on the spectators position and perspective.