If there is one word that embraces the idea of sustainability better than any other it has to be quality. It’s a simple concept, especially considering the traditional ways products were made to last prior to humanity slipping into a wasteful throwaway culture. Studio Seitz puts the concept of quality at the center of its mission statement. As a result, Studio Seitz’s eco-friendly furniture is built to last many lifetimes.
Two aspects of Studio Seitz furniture rise to the top of the eco-friendly ladder — quality materials and craftsmanship. As the company proudly proclaims, “The Seitz collection is produced with our family of skilled craftsmen whose unparalleled passion is passed down from the generations before them—so that our furniture can be too.’’
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Choosing quality items is a value often forgotten in modern society. However, one quality product eliminates the need for replacements over the lifespan, thus protecting the environment from unnecessary pollution and waste.
Studio Seitz furniture is made from real wood, such as European Ash sourced from FSC-certified forests. Similarly, the company relies on aluminum (the most recyclable metal), natural cork, recycled brass, glass and stone, whenever possible. These quality, long-lasting materials are selected by Studio Seitz with the hopes the furniture will proudly be handed down for generations to come rather than being prematurely diverted to the landfill.
In addition to consciously-sourced materials, Studio Seitz furniture is made using enduring, traditional craftsmanship that has been taught for generations. For example, Swiss craftsman Adalbert Fässler embellishes the pieces with traditional metal stamping practices, a timeless practice handed down through six generations in his family. Similarly, carpentry and joinery specialist Urs Mätzler continues the traditional practices the company started in 1888. As a fourth-generation craftsman with the Mätzler joinery company, he represents the antithesis of mass production. Thomas Seitz leads the precision machining team for Studio Seitz products as a fifth-generation craftsman.
Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson
Wow, that all sounds great. One thing to look into more deeply: touting the use of aluminum just because it’s “the most recycled material” (which isn’t actually the case) misses the realities of the impacts of virgin aluminum production, which are horrific, as well as the extreme amounts of electricity needed to process and form it. So, even though a significant percentage of aluminum used by manufacturers has been recycled, overall, the negative impacts of its use are still greater than other materials. One thing manufacturers can do is to find sources of 100% recycled aluminum, to at least eliminate the impacts of mining (tailings make up 97% of mining wastes when mining bauxite), processing and forming sheets or ingots. A second thing is the make sure that fabrication facilities are using renewable energy (which doesn’t include large hydro).