Although some of the following trends can already be seen in our industry, it will certainly become the standard sooner or later: In the development and production of all kinds of products or even buildings, materials that can be used again and again will become increasingly important – or perhaps even the only ones still permitted. Humans are currently consuming too many raw materials – the Earth cannot keep up with the “production” of these raw materials. We at MBM are trying to meet these requirements more and more.
Today, we already use materials that can be recycled to a large extent. In product design, we pay attention to the effortless separation of materials to make the recycling process as simple as possible. Because if the process is easy, more companies, institutions and above all ordinary people will join in. We work every day to become even better at these things and to offer you products that will conserve our resources not only today, but also tomorrow. We look forward to taking responsibility for a sustainable future together with you.
Giving our “green lungs” a chance to breathe a sigh of relief
Our society is in a state of upheaval. Demands on consumer goods such as furniture are also changing. It is no longer enough to simply combine beautiful furniture with good functionality. Consumers increasingly want products made from sustainable materials that can be recycled after use and from which new products are then made again. Raw materials that we take from nature should be used for as long as possible. MBM therefore started to develop a substitute for tropical teak before the turn of the millennium, in an effort to protect biodiversity. This gave rise to the designer material FUREMA (Furniture Resysta Material). It consists of approximately 60% rice husks, a residual material from the food industry – it looks like wood, but is 100% weatherproof, lasts incredibly long and is recyclable. And because the FUREMA material is so sustainable and beautiful, we (as an innovative company in the furniture industry) have consistently made the switch to produce furniture made of FUREMA. You will no longer find weather-sensitive wood or even teak from rainforests in our furniture – we promise. It’s time for FUREMA – in fact, it’s overdue. Every minute of every day to protect our rainforests worldwide.
This is not only underlined by the presentation of various awards, but also scientifically substantiated:
Today’s furniture made from tomorrow’s material
MBM is also impressive in an international comparison: The SWAN chair was awarded the German Design Award in 2021. The award sets standards when it comes to the most innovative design developments and competitiveness on the global market. It awards prizes exclusively to projects that are groundbreaking for the German and international design landscape. With the attributes “high-quality, stylish and sustainable at the same time”, our SWAN stood out. Thanks to the sustainable and well thought-out construction using the materials of FUREMA (Furniture Resysta Material) and wrought iron, it can be completely disassembled into its individual parts. The different materials can be separated from each other in just a few steps – to be precise, by loosening just eight screws – and can thus be returned to the appropriate recycling cycles.
The art of making sustainable furniture with charm
The art of making valuable furniture from wood has evolved over more than a thousand years. A modern piece of furniture contains the experience and knowledge of carpenters that has been passed down from apprentice to master over generations. Many pieces of furniture made of wood substitutes do without this valuable wealth of experience – because the materials are not intended for processing by carpenters in the first place. Chemists and process engineers decide on the production. It’s quite different with FUREMA. Like real wood, materials made of FUREMA can be processed by carpenters. The work steps from the raw material to the finished garden furniture differ only slightly from wood processing. This gives carpenters and furniture manufacturers the opportunity to produce furniture for a new generation.