Begin van het jaar zijn we verhuisd. Alles stap voor stap, en een nieuw huis inrichten is zo gemakkelijk nog niet. Sterker nog, nu we een koophuis hadden, wilde ik een tijdloos design, waarin ik door middel van accessoires mijn stijl kon blijven doorvoeren. Steeds maar weer. De basis moest goed zijn en aangezien we ons bewust zijn van ons koopgedrag, wilden we ook kijken naar duurzame meubels. Toen stuitten we op TAKT CPH: duurzaam design uit Copenhagen.
We kozen voor de lichte variant Cross Chair stoelen die hele gemakkelijk in elkaar te zetten zijn (ze komen in flat pack!) met een lederen cognac kleur zitting. Je hebt ze in allerlei kleuren en samenstellingen, dus neem vooral een kijkje. Plus, er moest natuurlijk een interview komen, want ik vind dat dit soort merken een podium verdienen; merken die nadenken over de toekomst, mens, natuur en design. Het interview is in het Engels, maar het is prima te volgen!
Where does TAKT stand for?
TAKT is the furniture company rethinking the way to design, build and sell furniture. We believe in bringing high-quality design to more people in revolutionary, sustainable and transparent way.
At TAKT we look to the future with our sights set far beyond furniture. Simply because society needs new ideas about how to make quality goods accessible for more people, and we need to do it in a sensible way that doesn’t adversely affect life on the planet.
The word “TAKT” comes out of a Danish saying “Takt og Tone” which means “just do things right – behave well”.
What does furniture mean to you?
The traditions and concepts that lies at the heart of Danish furniture design are functionality, beauty and inclusivity. This is just a strong tradition. Good design is in constant conversation with the past, present and future. Because of this, we can still relate to design that is designed well before our time and plays an important role in the Danish heritage.
In what way TAKT makes a difference?
Contemporary furniture design should be a place where the past meets the present. At the same time, it must point forward towards what is yet to come. We’re inspired by and learn from classic furniture design and the ideology behind it as we set out to design new works that are uniquely of our time.
Let’s take the chair as an example – a well-loved piece of furniture by many Danes. The ones we now know as classics were formed through conversations like this – one designer’s work is always informed by others. And while we continue to learn from the old masters, from their approach to materials, to their subtle ability to infuse a piece with character and presence – we must do so in a way that is intrinsically our own.
We experience how there is a renewed interest in craft taking place. This slow means of production is in contrast to the globalised, high-speed markets of seasonal collections and mass-produced products, often devoid of human touch. We see the skilled craftsperson as the link between designer, product – and industrial production process. When introducing new design products – in this case a chair, the key to the experience of quality is the translation of craft to modern production methods and the harmony that maintains recognition and presence.
Why is it so important to create more consciousness around furniture?
Modern design must not only consider the form of a product, but the holistic approach, more consciousness and full life-cycle overview; Natural resources from manufacturing, shipping, user experience to repairing, reusing and recycling. As a start-up you can start to do it “right” from scratch and drastically accelerate change as for many other companies, an environmentally friendly approach can easily become a CSR “add-on” rather than something that creates real impact. We strive to make a real impact and hopefully others will follow.
What do you keep in mind for the design?
We’re To TAKT, contemporary furniture design should be a place where the past meets the present. At the same time, it must point forward towards what is yet to come. We’re inspired by and learn from classic furniture design and the ideology behind as we set out to design new works that are uniquely of our time.
Is there something we should know about the future of furniture?
- Generally, everyone should consider what impact their purchases have on the planet. Whether it’s food or a piece of furniture.
- Consider the longevity of your furniture. Buy good quality that is long-lasting – both physically and visually. Aesthetic sustainability. Choose genuine materials that age with grace.
- Consider whether the piece of furniture has a generic use, e.g., can one use the chair next to a table but also in the kitchen or as a bedside table?
What is your point of view about sustainability?
Everybody knows the challenges we are facing, this also in the furniture sector – which is a sector with limited focus on sustainability and almost no recycling. Furniture is mostly seen as durable design objects that in best cases gain value over time either supported by emotional durability getting inherited through generations or simply increased by actual value. However, often it happens that the furniture must leave room for the benefit of something new – and on top of that furniture is often produced by a mix of materials without any view or outlook for the actual lifetime.
Why is esthetic so important these days?
No matter of how well and conscious made design products are created they need to be esthetical pleasing for you to fall in love. On top of that you need to “do good” why e.g. our products are designed through TAKT’s Eco System Design principle and shipped as flat packs to ensure that CO2 emissions are minimized. Moreover, you’ll hopefully get a delightful and sensory experience when assembling your piece of furniture that makes you enjoy the esthetic detail even more. Lastly, The European Ecolabel is a fundamental part of our business, as this vouches not only for the sustainability of the materials used, but also for the consideration of the lifetime environmental impact of the products.