Breathe Easier With Low Toxicity Furniture

Creating a sustainable workplace has become vital to the reputation of an organisation, it’s almost no longer a choice, but instead, a necessity. With an overwhelming call across the globe to go green, it’s simply bad for business not to integrate sustainable initiatives into organisational planning.

For interior designers, project managers or business leaders looking to help drive sustainability in the workplace, a good (and healthy) place to start, is with low emissions furniture.

Consider the workplace; the actual size of the space, the number of employees, every piece of furniture needed to promote productivity and comfortability while also keeping a company’s brand in mind for stylistic purposes. Each piece of furniture integrated, will release substances into the air. While this isn’t necessarily something to fear, as almost everything does this, synthetic materials, or those treated with synthetic substances can be especially harmful as they contain Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). What are VOCs? We’re glad you asked!

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a large family of chemicals that contain carbon and hydrogen. They can be released into indoor air from a number of sources, including workplace furniture (flame retardants and formaldehyde being quite common). While some VOCs are more toxic than others, the health risks associated will depend on the levels you are exposed to, the length of time you are exposed, and your individual sensitivity to toxicity. Because your risk increases with exposure, and employees are logging more hours in the office than ever – introducing low emissions (or low VOC) furniture into the workplace just makes sense on so many levels.

Whether you work in an office, shop, run your own business or manage a major corporation, taking care of the environment is easier than you think. Creating a more sustainable workplace by providing optimal air quality can result in a healthier and more productive place to work, a lighter ecological footprint, a boost in staff morale and increased growth for your bottom line.

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Inside the Designer’s Studio – Caren Elliss

Meet Caren Elliss and find out what excites this Adelaide based designer responsible for the successful Splinter Stools discovered at Workshopped14 by Luxmy Furniture CEO, Priyanka Rao.

1) Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an Adelaide based designer that has a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree (honours). I have spent 2 years training with The Jam Factory and I have recently started my own studio.

2) How did you get into design?

I had started to admire the design of everyday ‘things’ and found out that the designing of these things was called Industrial Design. So I applied to University, got in and in my 3rd year I did a 3 month internship in Mexico where I was put on some furniture projects and my love of designing furniture began.

3) What gets you excited?

New fresh design and resolving design issues. Going on holiday and having new cultural experiences (learning).

4) What turns you off?

People passing off being mean as being competitive.

5) What would you be if not a designer?

My childhood dream was to be a designer and creator for Lego. I was told that I would have to move to Sweden, to the younger me this was too great of a move. However, I still think this is my dream job.

6) How would you describe your workspace?

Currently my studio is still under construction (I moved to my own studio earlier this year, still getting it completely ready). However, it’s usually part design/prototype area and construction. So drawings, partial mock ups and final designs waiting to be resolved. Oh and a spattering of colours.

7) What’s your favourite City and why?

Would have to be a tie between Mexico City and Berlin, Germany. Mexico is completely overwhelming and amazing. So many people, so many cars and just very different to Australia. My favourite zone in Mexico City was Zona Rosa. People are very happy and there’s dancing in the streets. You will be walking past and a stranger will just grab you and start salsa dancing with you. Amazing and lovely people!

When I travelled to Berlin, I was in awe of the history and the re-construction that was taking place. It has been quite some years that I had travelled there (the Berlin wall had only come down a year earlier) and East Germany was getting re-vitalised and construction was in full swing, it was an amazing time in history and I was there to be a part of it. I found the people lovely and very welcoming especially around Christmas time.

8) What advice would you give to a younger you?

Be very, very determined and keep going. Personal happiness is worth more than anything.

9) What sound or noise do you love?

Love the sound of birds chirping outside my studio

10) What sound or noise do you hate?

When the router grabs end grain on your work piece

11) What’s your favourite word?

Lotus

12) What’s your least favourite word?

Funky or Rustic

13) If you have to wake up in someone else’s body, who that person would be?

Hmmm, not sure. I wouldn’t mind spending a day in Marc Newson’s body. I’m in awe of his design skills and would love to be involved in some of those design meetings.

 

 

The Splinter Stools were recently showcased at Sydney Indesign 2015 and the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

 

Sydney Indesign – Event Wrap Up

So much happened at our showroom during Sydney Indesign 2015.

From a fun and exciting photo booth to an engaging and meaningful DQ talk (hosted by Luxmy Furniture) where we discussed the future of authentic design and the problem of replicas on the Australian market, to an amazing wrap up party that brought those 2 days to a perfect end.

Our guests started the Saturday Indesign morning with insights and ideas on how we move forward to solve the problem of replicas that is eminent on the Australian market. Our panel consisted of House Rules judge Joe Snell, award winning designer Charles Wilson, Senior Design Examiner for IP Australia Oliver Bennet and a few more special guests. It was an one hour light-hearted discussion where different concerns were raised and diverse points of view were discussed, making it interesting and memorable.

Our photo booth was heaps of fun!

As part of The Project for Sydney Indesign, the Hill Street Precinct exhibitors (including Luxmy Furniture, Workshopped, Arthur G and Euroluce) teamed up with Design by Toko to create a visual protest on replica furniture. This was called the Hill Street Bonfire and was built by the students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Sydney Indesign’s Wrap Party rose the Whitehouse Institute of Design roof. Big names of the Design scene were reunited around the dance floor on the “The Industry’s most iconic bash”.

Luxmy hosted the Pre-Wrap Party in our pop up space:

Thank you to all who visited our showroom!

The Luxmy Furniture team.

Hill Street Bonfire

The Hill Street Precinct Project came together as part of Sydney Indesign  and as a collaboration of 4 amazing teams from Workshopped, Euroluce, Arthur G and Luxmy Furniture.

Like an unison of like-minded people seeking to make a valid statement on the problem of replicas, we’ve teamed up with the creative minds from Design by Toko and with the assistance of the Whitehouse Institute of Design, created a provoking statement in the shape of a 3.5 meters tall ‘Bonfire of Replicas’.

“It takes thousands of dollars and a huge amount of creativity and hard work to produce original design. After all the prototyping, tooling and marketing expenses involved in commercialisation, it is heartbreaking to see works from our collection and fellow local businesses ruthlessly ripped off with no respect for the designer or manufacturer involved in bringing that product to life. It’s time to take a stand!” says Priyanka Rao of Luxmy Furniture.

You can still visit the sculpture until the 23rd of August at 2 Short Street, Surry Hills – Sydney, NSW.

 

Future of Authentic Design

As part of Sydney Indesign, we will be hosting a DQ Round Table for a balanced and positive discussion on the problem of replicas and the solutions going forward.

Our star studded panel will consist of House Rules judge Joe Snell, Award winning designer Charles Wilson, Senior Design Examiner for IP Australia Kylie Murray and a few more special guests in a discussion moderated by Design Quartely Editor Sophia Watson.

Get your tickets today and join us Saturday the 15th of August at Whitehouse Institute of Design at 10am.

See you at Sydney Indesign!

Two Tones Pablo Chair

How beautiful the 2 toned Pablo Chairs look on this great project for Teleflex?

We absolutely loved the results and were very pleased with all positive feedback:

“The Pablo was the perfect fit as it was on a short lead time, could be powder coated and most importantly have 2 tones upholstery. We were very impressed with the consultative approach Luxmy adopted for this project.

Luxmy guided us and the designer towards a solution that would not only be technically suitable and fit within the lead time but that also added onto the design intent.”, says Raphael Bicard from Workarena.

 

A big well done to: Our clients at Workarena and to designers Erin Donelley and Kristelle Fiori from WMK and Construction managers / Project managers (Ed Lau) from MPA.