Sustainable practices in furniture design: A literature study on customization, biomimicry, competitiveness, and product Communication
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Forests. 11(12): 1277.
This research considers the ecosystem services associated with furniture, one of the leading types of secondary wood products manufactured internationally. We review and synthesize the literature surrounding the sustainable design, use, and disposition of wood furniture and related products in global markets. We consider emerging and innovative design strategies for wood (in biomimicry, for example) as well as topics that have been gaining traction in recent years (i.e., green supply chain management and eco/environmental labels and related market communications). An overarching theme is to consider how firm competitiveness can be influenced, or even enhanced, by green practices in design and associated communications with consumers. With a trend toward increasing customization in the secondary wood product marketplace, the role of design might be changing. However, design remains a critical product development function in modern markets, and designers are well-positioned to influence sustainable material utilization and improve furniture product use and lifespan.
KeywordsSustainable design; secondary wood products; furniture; green manufacturing; ecolabels; eco-design; biomimicry.
Bumgardner, Matthew S.; Nicholls, David L. 2020. Sustainable practices in furniture design: A literature study on customization, biomimicry, competitiveness, and product Communication. Forests. 11(12): 1277-. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11121277.