Massproductions founders created a slow furniture company that looks not only at style and functionality, but how furniture will last in the long run. The company is sustainable from the design to the production to the shipping. And their 4PM chair takes this idea to the next level, creating a comfortable chaise lounge chair with connected foot rest.
“We are in no rush here at Massproductions, because being slow is not necessarily a bad thing,” the designers said. “At Massproductions, we take pride in thinking twice before releasing a new piece of furniture onto the market. Even if that means that we develop only a few products every year.”
Massproductions created a new service called the Face Lift Network, a recommended group of upholsterers in 12 different markets. The idea is to encourage customers to find help locally for their furniture repairs and keep them from throwing away usable furniture.
As a result, Massproductions created a series called The Crown Jewels. They took eight worn Crown Armchairs and commissioned four artists to reinterpret and restore the chairs. The company will continue to partner with artists to create art pieces out of used furniture, showing the value and beauty in repurposing old furniture.
In late 2020, Massproductions began to account for the CO2 emissions of their full product line. This process is a partnership with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology “to develop a tool for identifying the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of our furniture. Three aspects of the production process were identified as emission contributors: materials, electricity and transport,” according to their website. Massproductions continued this work together with the Danish company MALBAR to fully green the entire production line.
What could take this one step further? Founder Chris Martin wanted to create a comfortable chaise lounge that fits in a public environment, without unnecessary upholstery that would eventually need to be replaced. Martin chose to upholster only the headrest, leaving the rest of the chair in an ergonomic shape that would still provide comfort.
The 4PM chair comes in Douglas fir and cherry. It also has both curved and flat surfaces, with a narrow footrest portion to allow the user’s feet to fit comfortably off the sides as needed.
The footrest is also horizontal to serve as a seating area of its own or as a table surface. It’s a multi-purpose design that creates a long-lasting seating option for even heavily-trafficked areas. Easy to clean, you won’t have to throw it away after a few years of heavy use. The leather headrest is adjustable and held in place by an enclosed steel weight.
So whether it’s for your own home or a public space, the 4PM chair or any of Massproductions’ products will create a sustainable furniture option.
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