Cooloo, a Dutch materials development company, relies on recycled materials to create long-lasting, versatile furniture with a variety of uses. 

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An array of Cooloo chairs, two coffee tables and one long bench

The company works with like-minded manufacturers to place materials within the interior design and furniture realm. Most recently, these collaborations could be seen as part of the Salone del Mobile 2022, an exhibition of all that is new in the industry. On display within the Masterly — the Dutch in Milano section of the show, Cooloo proudly promoted the potential of recycled and clean materials as a replacement for traditionally wasteful and dirty textile production. 

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A showroom with four blue chairs, a long brown bench and two white coffee tables

Using new technologies and a dedication to sustainable materials, Cooloo creates flexible textiles for a variety of applications. Showcased at the Salone del Mobile 2022 is a collaboration with Kullar, a young Dutch design brand equally focused on environmentally-friendly furniture for homes, offices, healthcare, education and hospitality spaces. The furniture was designed for the transformation of the Peace Church in Tilburg, Netherlands. In addition, the pieces are minimalist by design, with simple assembly and a circular process called CNC milling.

Thread displayed with fabrics and clear bottles filled with items

Cooloo’s display introduced the local waste materials it uses in its textile solutions, allowing visitors to see and touch products made from leather, cork, jeans and other materials. Each innovation is focused around the principles of circular design, not only from the materials sourcing perspective, but in the production of products intended for use in high quality interior design products that are durable and long-lasting. The idea is to put materials into the world that are not only made from recycled materials, but that are suited for repair, refurbishment and further recycling in order to endlessly extend the product life. 

A gray sofa with a footstool in the same color

Furniture can be refinished with new materials rather than disposing of them. To further this action, Cooloo recently launched a furniture lease program, which allows customers to enjoy the furniture then return it when their situation changes. Cooloo then refurbishes the pieces, as needed, to enhance the lifespan and avoid waste

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