Why not office furniture made of solid wood from local wood instead of chipboard or plywood furniture? Why not showpiece furniture made from local wood that is close by instead of chipboard furniture with chipboard or plywood panels made from tropical wood of unknown origin?
Show wood of the short distances!
A lot of office furniture today is made of plastic or, if wood is used, it is mostly chipboard furniture with coatings.
Is solid wood furniture made from local woods really more expensive than chipboard furniture of roughly the same quality? If you factor in the follow-up costs, better-quality office furniture always pays off. Who buys twice more expensive. And offices should also have a pleasant working atmosphere and representative character.
Yes, furniture made from local wood also makes a statement. But WOOD FROM HERE also finds a necessary statement. And...
... anyone who is in conferences or meetings a lot knows how boring those same offices and conference rooms are with plastic tables and chipboard tables with plastic stickers ... completely interchangeable. And then the bad room air together with the often used cheap plastic floors ...
A cheap office desk where the top layer flakes off in sensitive areas after a while, is that really a figurehead for municipalities? It would be better to put up a sign like "Yes, these beautiful wooden tables really didn't cost much more". or "Yes, these beautiful wooden tables actually cost a little more, but it was worth it for our climate and our region".
Solid wood furniture or high-quality panel furniture with a corresponding top layer of thicker veneer can also be worn down, repolished or restored very easily, and this is very much in line with the trend of a new circular economy.
Imports to Europe are increasing
Imports of sawn timber, veneer and veneer plywood panels to Central Europe for furniture construction are increasing continuously. The material flows are becoming longer and longer, even if a lot of European chipboard furniture is manufactured in Poland. Value creation is increasingly being shifted outside of Europe. At some point the cheapest chipboard furniture for offices will no longer come from Vietnam, but from Vietnam. Vietnam is already the second largest furniture exporter in Asia after China. It has grown into one of the largest timber processing centers in all of Southeast Asia, and fast. As a result, Vietnam also had to grow as a timber importer. About 70-80% of the wood needed for the furniture industry is imported into Vietnam. FLT estimates that at least half, but possibly up to 80% of these timber imports come from illegal sources.
For more information, see the link: Tropical woods from the Greater Asia region - take a close look .
Especially in furniture and interior design, imported woods are often used, especially many tropical woods. Around 70 types of tropical wood are processed in Germany. About 33 of these are endangered species according to the IUCN (e.g. meranti, ramin, teak). More than 30 others come from uncertain sources. According to the experience of the timber industry, control of tropical timber imports is almost impossible in many countries and the large tropical timber transshipment centers in Asia (China, Indonesia).
Let yourself be inspired by our local woods. As the person responsible in your community, find your favorite local wood. Why buy office desks in a run-of-the-mill catalog that look exactly the same as they will last?
Most of these woods could be replaced by local woods for technical and visual reasons.
Flyer : Endangered tropical wood species
Why tropical wood for the German market?
We have about 60 native tree species as an alternative! Holz von Hier wants to contribute to bringing the beauty and diversity of local wood back into focus. 60 beautiful native wood species grow in our forests! We don't need tropical wood. Birch can be used instead of ramin or limba, elm instead of aningré, robinia instead of teak, walnut instead of rosewood, sycamore maple instead of Canadian maple, smoked oak instead of wenge, to name just a few. Local woods make every room and every piece of furniture an experience. Innovations such as thermal wood and smoked wood replace tropical wood both optically and technically. Technical processes such as "smoking" elicit unimagined color variants from domestic woods that have a few advantages over dark tropical wood. Woods such as domestic thermal wood can replace tropical wood in every application in wet areas.
Link to tree species profiles under municipalities with forest
Find out more about: apple, pear, beech, Douglas fir, yew, oak, ash, chestnut, field maple, spruce, gray alder, hornbeam, pine, cherry, cornel, larch, lime, whitebeam, poplar, sycamore, robinia, horse chestnut, red oak , red alder, sloe, black pine, service tree, Norway maple, fir, bird cherry, rowan, willow, stone pine, plum, etc.
More information under Offers for municipalities
In our DESIGN BOX (link to the offer), HOLZ VON HIER and the BDIA (Federal Association of Interior Architects and Designers Germany) show successful examples of office furniture made from Central European types of wood, which are not only ecological and beautiful, but also have a cost structure that is comparable in quality to furniture from can keep up with the pole.
In the Design Box, experts will design cost-effective office furniture tailored to your municipality from local solid wood from short distances (with HVH certificate), if possible even with wood from your own forest (for municipalities with a forest). The designs can then be implemented with local companies or in the Holz von Hier network.
Yes, office furniture made from local wood of the short distances is a statement!
A statement for climate protection, biodiversity and regional value creation.