Sustainability and manufacturing
Wood is renewable, reusable and bio- degradable. Svenskt Tenn has worked with wood since the 1930s and the material is also one of the most dominant in the company’s production today. But for wood to be a really good material from an environmental point of view, it should come from responsibly managed forests. All of Svenskt Tenn’s furniture suppliers and their wood suppliers are subject to the EU’s Timber Regulation, which has strict rules for the wood trade. This is to deal with the global problem of illegal logging and to counter trafficking in illegal timber and wooden goods within the EU.
Alongside the EU Timber Regulation, there are a large number of voluntary certification schemes for forest management and forest products. One of the most well known is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. FSC is an international organisation that promotes environmentally responsible forest management, but unlike other certifications, it also takes social and economic aspects into consideration. Svenskt Tenn wants to support FSC, and in the company’s purchasing rules for wood, we urge our furniture makers and their wood suppliers to manufacture our products in FSC- certified wood if possible. We also make sure to keep up the dialogue with our suppliers on this issue.
Gemla furniture factory has chosen to be at the forefront in terms of natural and environmentally friendly materials, and the energy used in the factory derives exclusively from green, renewable sources.
This is how furniture is made at Gemla
Gemla is Sweden’s oldest furniture factory and a number of Josef Frank’s chairs are produced here, stool 1034 in mahogany as well as the mirror with mirror frame. A number of people are involved in the process whereby the furniture undergoes everything from planing, sawing and milling to polishing and trimming.
The manufacturing process begins with the carpenter carefully choosing timber of the correct dimension and quality. The rough, unplaned plank is subsequently dealt with by hand, with each detail being carefully formed before everything is brought together into a finished piece of furniture. In recent years, Gemla has also begun introducing modern CNC milling machine in some of the components, allowing a large number of processing elements to be carried out after each other.
After being put together, the furniture is polished. If it is to be dyed, it is then sprayed with several layers of lacquer, with an element of polishing in between. Any upholstering constitutes the final part of the manufacturing process, before the furniture is packaged and delivered to Svenskt Tenn.
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.