On the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal in Santa Iria de Azoia, sustainable creative studio WOOMETRY is giving unwanted wood pieces a second life by transforming the salvaged materials into home goods and other 3D objects. Founded in March 2018 by architect Kate Bombony and woodworker Mike Beck, the design studio has recently grown to include a third team member and adopted partial automation of the production processes to allow more focus on the studio’s mission of sustainability.
Open to visits from guests, the WOOMETRY creative studio operates out of the former MEC factory, an industrial appliance manufacturing plant. The main focus of the three-person creative design studio is the production of decorative panels and surfaces from recycled wood. The modular panels are based on an isometric grid; the modules can be put together in an infinite number of combinations to create three-dimensional designs on two-dimensional surfaces. The design team has also dabbled in creating other home products such as minimalist incense holders and Ondanova surfboards made of recycled wood and processed with laser-cutting machines and CNC milling.
“At WOOMETRY all objects are made of 100% recycled wood that is rescued from the street and given a second life,” the creative design studio explained. “As a result, WOOMETRY avoids using new materials and adding more waste, as well as saving a lot of water, reducing CO2 emissions and avoids contributing to the rise in tree cutting worldwide. It’s important to keep all the production locally so that we keep our carbon trace low. We also like to know everyone involved in the process and communicate with them directly in order to be sure that the working conditions are ethical and decent.”
The team also collects and reuses discarded cardboard to package their goods for shipping rather than using new packages or plastic materials.
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