Thema Projects, Sustainability

Autor: smartvillage
Veröffentlicht 16. Mai 2022

The Evergreen Concept — Circular Together





Every year, mil­li­ons of tons of fur­ni­tu­re are dis­car­ded by con­su­mers and busi­nes­ses. Under cur­rent models of con­sump­ti­on, one sin­gle works­pace can repre­sent bet­ween 300 — 700 pounds of poten­ti­al was­te — lea­ding to 19M tons of office fur­ni­tu­re was­ted every year in the US and EU alo­ne. At smart­vil­la­ge, we’re fol­lowing the idea that the­re is so much bet­ween pre­ser­ving fur­ni­tu­re and thro­wing it away. Our color­ful and some­ti­mes “imper­fect-per­fect” loo­king design is the result of a con­stant pro­cess of reu­sing mate­ri­als, upcy­cling fur­ni­tu­re, or buy­ing an old stock that would have been thrown away. 


With THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT, we have crea­ted a new sus­tainab­le design approach tog­e­ther with strong part­ners. But with this in mind, we hope to expand our cir­cu­lar approach into a collec­ti­ve dis­cus­sion about the way we design our spaces and the ways in which we work tog­e­ther. 

This is just the begin­ning. Wel­co­me to THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT. Wel­co­me to smartvillage’s way of thin­king, and hope­ful­ly, wel­co­me on board! 








THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT is a sus­tainab­le new design approach fol­lowing the mis­si­on to turn from a line­ar eco­no­my to a cir­cu­lar one. Tog­e­ther with our part­ners, we have crea­ted one of the first agi­le works­paces in Ger­ma­ny that’s made of 100% recy­cled or upcy­cled pro­ducts and is the­re­fo­re a light­house pro­ject in terms of cir­cu­la­ri­ty. With this pro­ject, we’ll start a new era in the design of working envi­ron­ments by exten­ding the life­time of pro­ducts, using as many natu­ral mate­ri­als as pos­si­ble, and tur­ning plastic was­te into beau­ti­ful design ele­ments. Even­tual­ly, we’re dis­pel­ling the idea — once and for all — that sus­taina­bi­li­ty requi­res com­pro­mi­ses in aes­the­tics and functionality.




Becau­se the oppo­si­te is true. It inspi­res peop­le to inno­va­te and widen their hori­zons. At the same time, it hel­ps us to stay roo­ted by sti­mu­la­ting our sen­ses and streng­t­he­ning the bonds bet­ween humans and natu­re. Some­thing we need desper­ate­ly in our fast-paced and digi­tal working world.



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To ensu­re that we build works­paces that posi­tively influ­ence the pla­net, we have put lon­ge­vi­ty as the top prio­ri­ty in our pro­duct ran­ge. All our pro­ducts are either:

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Project partners involved.

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Impres­si­ons of our new room, fol­lowing THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT.




Glo­bal­ly, Haworth impro­ves works­paces with award-win­ning fur­ni­tu­re, inte­rior archi­tec­tu­re, and tech­no­lo­gy solu­ti­ons. Foun­ded in 1948, Haworth remains fami­ly-owned and has evol­ved into one of the lar­gest fur­ni­tu­re manu­fac­tu­rers in the world, ser­ving mar­kets in more than 120 coun­tries through a glo­bal net­work of 650 dea­lers and more than 7000 employees.


Why sus­taina­bi­li­ty mat­ters to them 

As they stri­ve to be a sus­tainab­le orga­niz­a­ti­on, they’ve set ambi­tious sus­taina­bi­li­ty goals for 2025: Designing new pro­ducts using cir­cu­lar design princi­ples, fol­lowing a clear ZERO WASTE approach, and rely­ing on 100% sus­tainab­le wood resour­ces as well as 100% rene­wa­ble energy.


Why they have joi­ned THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT


THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty to sup­port a more cir­cu­lar busi­ness model, pur­sue second life opti­ons, and make it easier for cus­to­mers to uti­li­ze alter­na­ti­ves and use recy­cled furniture.”


Haworth's furniture has been saved from the bin.
Haworth’s old show­room fur­ni­tu­re has been saved from the bin.

Car­pets have been the pas­si­on of OBJECT CARPET for 50 years. Made in Ger­ma­ny, uncom­pro­mi­sing qua­li­ty is pai­red with a spe­cial design. The ent­i­re ran­ge of OBJECT CARPET’s floo­ring stands for lon­ge­vi­ty and robust­ness. All car­pets allow archi­tects, com­pa­nies, and pri­va­te cli­ents to add crisp and vibrant accents in spe­ci­fic zones of a buil­ding. Con­ver­ting zones of sale, public are­as, or mee­ting loca­ti­ons into aes­the­tic spaces that offer some­thing bey­ond their function.


How sus­taina­bi­li­ty mat­ters to them 

Did you know that OBJECT CARPET has deci­ded to bring only cir­cu­lar pro­ducts to the mar­ket by 2024? This means 100% recy­clab­le design car­pets with no eco­lo­gi­cal foot­print. Unwind your sen­sua­li­ty, take a deep breath and rely on sus­taina­bi­li­ty. smart­vil­la­ge and OBJECT CARPET laun­ched their offi­cial part­ners­hip and we’re on a com­mon path towards sus­taina­bi­li­ty and extra­or­di­na­ry inte­rior designs for future workplaces.


Why have you joi­ned THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT


Joi­ning THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT and the­re­fo­re con­tri­bu­ting to a sus­tainab­le and future-pro­of work­place design is a gre­at mile­stone for OBJECT CARPET. Cir­cu­lar thin­king is the com­mon ground for all pro­ject part­ners and for OBJECT CARPET a long-term mindset.”



VANK is a team of archi­tects, engi­neers, and craft­s­men. They design and pro­du­ce ori­gi­nal fur­ni­tu­re, modern chairs, and tables, who­se aes­the­tics and func­tio­n­a­li­ty go hand in hand with an expres­si­ve line. Their cur­rent chal­len­ge? Tech­no­lo­gi­cal­ly advan­ced acoustic solu­ti­ons. Fol­lowing the mot­to “Art ever­y­whe­re”, their core design rejects imi­ta­ti­on, regres­si­on, and out­da­ted forms.


Why sus­taina­bi­li­ty mat­ters to them

VANK fights for an envi­ron­ment free of toxins and pol­lu­ti­on and aims for cli­ma­te neu­tra­li­ty. By con­trol­ling the ent­i­re pro­duc­tion pro­cess, VANK opti­mi­zes its resour­ces and redu­ces the amount of was­te — ensu­ring to meet the needs of the genera­ti­on of today without limi­t­ing the oppor­tu­nities for future genera­ti­ons to bene­fit from the same resources.


Why they have joi­ned THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT


Joi­ning THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT for VANK means, that we’re set­ting the initi­al spark of a who­le indus­try trans­for­ma­ti­on tog­e­ther with other ama­zing part­ners on board.”



Sin­ce 2012, sty­leGREEN has been pro­du­cing ver­ti­cal design objects made of real, natu­ral­ly pre­ser­ved plants and mos­ses. sty­leGREEN is an inter­na­tio­nal­ly estab­lis­hed brand that crea­tes a modern bio­phi­lic design and sets indus­try stan­dards by lay­ing gre­at empha­sis on the hig­hest qua­li­ty, pas­si­on, and atten­ti­on to detail in their work.


100% natu­re, 0% care! 

sty­leGREEN uses only natu­ral mate­ri­als for its moss & plant pro­ducts and hel­ps archi­tects, desi­gners, com­pa­nies and pri­va­te indi­vi­du­als crea­te extra­or­di­na­ry spaces all over the world – all with the help of tru­ly sus­tainab­le products.


Why they have joi­ned THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT


We deci­ded to par­ti­ci­pa­te in THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT becau­se our work is based on the Bio­phi­lic Design con­cept, which is roo­ted in the fact that human bein­gs need natu­re in their lives in order to feel good. And the best place to start is whe­re we spend most of our time — indoors!“

Our beautiful, 100% sustainable room!
Here you can see VANK’s pro­to­ty­pe of the RING collec­tion, Organoid’s wall decor on the colum­ns, OBJECT CARPET’s tex­ti­le floo­ring, and StyleGREEN’s plant pictures.

Orga­no­id® is an inno­va­ti­ve com­pa­ny that pro­ces­ses real Alpi­ne hay, blossoms and lea­ves into won­der­ful scen­ted, natu­ral sur­faces for bio­phi­lic inte­rior design. The natu­ral pro­per­ties of the unt­rea­ted raw mate­ri­als impro­ve the room cli­ma­te and the feel-good atmo­s­phe­re. The Orga­no­id® sus­tainab­le sur­faces are pro­du­ced cli­ma­te neu­tral­ly in Tyrol, Austria.


Why they mat­ter about sustainability 

All sus­tainab­le sur­faces are pro­du­ced cli­ma­te neu­tral­ly in Tyrol, Aus­tria. But that’s not all. Their electri­ci­ty is gene­ra­ted ent­i­re­ly from hydro­power and their Alpi­ne hay is recei­ved at fair pri­ces exclu­si­ve­ly from local far­mers. By using Orga­no­id® pro­ducts, you redu­ce emis­si­ons: 1 kg of hay binds around 0.45 kg of CO₂. Orga­no­id® uses raw mate­ri­als that can no lon­ger be pro­ces­sed in con­ven­tio­nal pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses. The­re­fo­re, lef­tover mate­ri­als such as cof­fee pow­der, moss or spelt husks find an inno­va­ti­ve app­li­ca­ti­on in inte­rior design – upcycling.

Why they have joi­ned THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT


Tog­e­ther with our cus­to­mers and part­ners, we want to bring sus­tainab­le inte­rior design clo­ser to peop­le. Natu­re should be inte­gra­ted into the archi­tec­tu­re of the room in a simp­le and mea­ning­ful way. With THE EVERGREEN
CONCEPT, we will move into a gree­ner future together.”




Haworth's conference system at THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT

Me — Lively Guest — and my patch­work fami­ly of other chairs and tables pro­vi­de sophisti­ca­ted ergo­no­mic solu­ti­ons and well-being for peop­le in semi­nars, mee­tings, con­fe­ren­ces, or event loca­ti­ons like smart­vil­la­ge. Tog­e­ther with “Pla­nes Flip Flop Tables” – our part­ners in crime — we are not just pie­ces of con­fe­rence fur­ni­tu­re, but a com­ple­te con­fe­rence sys­tem. Sin­ce my who­le fami­ly of chairs has been made from long-las­ting, high-qua­li­ty mate­ri­als (~90% is steel and dura­ble plastics), I’m con­vin­ced that we’ll have a long life expectancy.


Did you know that my recy­c­la­bi­li­ty is up to 84%? By using recy­clab­le mate­ri­als and redu­cing ener­gy con­sump­ti­on for trans­port, “Pla­nes” also bears tes­ti­mo­ny to Haworth’s dedi­ca­ti­on to the envi­ron­ment. Pla­nes was pro­du­ced in a zero-land­fill manu­fac­tu­ring site in Ger­ma­ny and can be easi­ly dis­as­sem­bled at the end of its use­ful life. Pla­nes tables con­tain 59% recy­cled mate­ri­als and are cer­ti­fied for their con­tri­bu­ti­on to a healt­hy indoor air environment.

Saved from the bin 

My color­ful fami­ly of chairs and tables were part of Haworth’s show­room fur­ni­tu­re a few years ago, and were then, des­pi­te a few quirks, han­ded over to Berg­hain to extend their lifecy­cles. Sin­ce we’re the result of a fur­ni­tu­re res­cue ope­ra­ti­on, it’s not sur­pri­sing that we’re not fit­ting tog­e­ther per­fect­ly. Any­way, we add cha­rac­ter, don’t we? 😉



A carpet made out of fishing nets for THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT.
A car­pet made out of plastic was­te and fishing nets for THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT.

Hi, I’m AMY! I bring a lively ambi­an­ce and a feel-good atmo­s­phe­re to works­paces through tex­ti­le floo­ring. Through a sua­ve mix of mate­ri­al and pat­terns as well as dar­ing color com­bi­na­ti­ons, my design beco­mes the sta­ge for the unusu­al. My super­power? The hig­hest acoustic effec­ti­ve­ness. Unli­ke con­ven­tio­nal car­pets, I’m qui­te sen­si­ti­ve and all­er­gic to many things. The­re­fo­re, I was crea­ted with 100% recy­cled ECONYL® yarn from AQUAFIL and my WELLTEX® backing is free from PVC, Latex, and Bitumen.


Did you know that my yarn is lar­ge­ly gene­ra­ted from dis­car­ded fishing nets from our oce­ans? Com­pa­red to con­ven­tio­nal yarn, the pro­duc­tion of ECONYL® redu­ces water con­sump­ti­on by 15% – and green­house gas emis­si­ons by up to 80%. You see, the magic some­ti­mes lies in the unseen. 😉



VANK's accoustic solutions for THE EVERGEEN CONCEPT.
VANK’s acoustic solu­ti­ons for THE EVERGREEN CONCEPT.

Guess who has been nomi­na­ted for the Ger­man Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Design Award 2022 and made it to the finals? That’s us! We’re VANK’s 100% recy­clab­le rPET and BIO panels, con­stant­ly fol­lowing the mis­si­on to pro­vi­de the per­fect sound absorp­ti­on on walls or in beau­ti­ful­ly desi­gned pho­ne booths. In our manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess, con­ven­tio­nal oil-based poly­ure­tha­ne foam was repla­ced through a resour­ce pro­du­ced in line with the princi­ples of the cir­cu­lar eco­no­my. One of the inno­va­ti­ve resour­ces is the so-cal­led rPET – made of recy­cled PET bot­t­les. Super cool, isn’t it?


Inclu­ding pro­to­ty­pes in the workplace

It is rumo­red that we are his­to­ri­cal­ly signi­fi­cant. We – the pro­to­ty­pes of the RING collec­tion – can be found at smart­vil­la­ge. So, we may not be the opti­mi­zed pro­duct, but we are still far too good to not be used or even be thrown away. With us, VANK crea­ted ano­t­her collec­tion com­ple­te­ly in line with the Crad­le-to-Crad­le princip­le. Chapeau!




Hi the­re! We are real pie­ces of natu­re that don’t requi­re a green thumb. We can be used as a sty­lish wall deco­ra­ti­on and acoustic pro­tec­tion for crow­ded works­paces like smart­vil­la­ge. Our 100% real mos­ses and plants are cul­ti­va­ted on cer­ti­fied farms in Euro­pe and har­ve­s­ted by hand.


To have a bit more grip, our part­ners in crime – FSC-cer­ti­fied wood fiber frames – sup­port us during our long life­time. Would you belie­ve that we don’t need any care? No water, no soil, no gar­de­ner, no not­hing. Our natu­ral­ness is retai­ned for many years alt­hough the usa­ge of che­mi­cals in the pre­ser­va­ti­on pro­cess is strict­ly avoided. Envi­ron­ment­al­ly packa­ged and arran­ged by hand, we’re hap­py to have found our final desti­na­ti­on for spen­ding the rest of our lives: smartvillage.




If you want to bond with natu­re on a stress­ful working day, you’ll be hap­py to meet me! My name is ALMWIESN and I’m made of real hand-cut and lovely pro­ces­sed Tyro­lean Alpi­ne hay. My mis­si­on? Brin­ging real natu­re indoors without main­ten­an­ce and with added value for a more plea­sant and healt­hi­er room cli­ma­te. Through raw, fra­grant, and natu­ral sur­faces, I’m hel­ping peop­le to con­nect with their sen­ses again – espe­cial­ly in a fast-paced and digi­tal working world.


The scent of my per­fu­me stems from a com­bi­na­ti­on of color­ful petals inclu­ding arni­ca, corn­flower, hea­ther, rose, and mar­gue­ri­tes. Com­ing from local far­mers, the­se fine herbs and gras­ses grow at an alti­tu­de of over 1,700 m. They are only mowed once a year and are not fer­ti­li­zed. The backing mate­ri­al is a breat­ha­ble wall­pa­per, that’s free from eco-logi­cal or other health con­cerns — manu­fac­tu­red cli­ma­te-neu­tral. I’m pro­du­ced with care so all-natu­ral pro­per­ties such as scent, color, and hap­tic of my ingre­dients are preserved.