From Paris to Barcelona, designers join forces to create a high-end eco-responsible workspace to drive the change
· Fern·, the new eco-design brand specialized on sustainable projects of deardesign studio reveals Mansartis project in Paris, Place Vendôme. It is a high-end eco-responsible workspace distributed in 300 m2 and designed with upcycled and recycled materials.
· The new Mansartis project illustrates the social demand for sustainable solutions while offering healthy environments for companies and their employees.
· Sustainable workplace solutions require an eco-design process to create social, environmental, economic impacts. Mansartis project exemplifies this dual need by providing a high-end project with 70% of materials deemed eco-responsible. The Mansartis workspace proves that eco-design can become the new norm.
Our Approach to Eco-design
Research and development process for the Mansartis project began with natural landscape explorations throughout Provence and Catalonia. While seeking inspiration from the land and local craftsmanship, materials to upcycle or recycle were searched in new and innovative ways. Journeys took the team from quarries to landfills to coastlines in search of materials that could take on a second life. Through this project, eco-design tools were implemented. From creating design and production teams and partnering with material recovery entities, a strict checklist was used to ensure the best eco-design outcome.
Specifications of the Mansartis Project at Place Vendôme
To ensure employee wellness, the creative team designed the office space as a blend of open space and private space. Fostering collaboration in brightly illuminated areas adds to wellness, as do ergonomic furniture and healthy-construction materials.
Upcycling & Recycling
The Mansartis project has upcycled and recycled materials at its heart because the furniture were designed with recovered steel and oak, Cradle2Cradle MDF, and recycled plastic. The oak was upcycled from old SNCF train floors and all working surfaces of the tables are derived from post-industrial plastic waste. Two of the designs — the AU Box and FD Desk — act to blend seamlessly with oak and drywall plenum frames lining the wall. The interior design was fitted with original FSC sourced oak parquet, recycled carpets.
The designers team worked with the expertise of craftsmen to produce office furniture and spaces with high-end finishes. Although the Mansartis project used recovered & recycled materials, the results are anything but raw or common. Each part of the design draws out restrained simplicity and innovative mobility. Along with maid-to-measure furniture, Cradle2Cradle and EU eco-certified materials were incorporated to bring the seating, flooring, textiles and accessories in alignment with eco-design principles of the project.
This project saw 70% of its materials come from upcycled and recycled sources. Benefits to employees can include flexible work spaces, functional environments, natural lighting, healthy-construction materials, and a serene colour scheme to encourage innovative thought.
For employees, stakeholders, and companies, eco-design workplace solutions can:
· Minimize environmental impact by upcycling and recycling materials to reduce waste, pollution, and landscape degradation.
· Optimize social impacts by disseminating the importance of eco-responsibility to all company stakeholders and by providing for the health and wellness of employees.
· Drive economic benefits by improving employee loyalty and commitment and by increasing productivity while at the office.
Sustainability as a Necessity
Sustainable development is a business necessity and an innovative eco-design process allows to address it. In addition, eco-designed projects can be a driving force for the integration of eco-responsible practices, but also a solution that permits to answer company's employees and customers expectations with regard to its CSR commitments. By offering eco-responsible workplace solutions, companies will be better placed to strengthen employee commitment and to attract new talents.
Fern· firmly believes in a collective action for creating sustainable spaces, and invites businesses, individuals, and investors to work together to achieve an eco-positive future. Their commitment to zero-impact has never been stronger, and they continue promoting this new paradigm of sustainability. The objective of the two companies is to make eco-design the new norm and to enlarge a community of work teams that share this same vision.
In order to achieve this purpose, Fern is merging with deardesign studio to combine complementary expertise and allow the team to expand and to improve the eco-design process but also to support clients in the development of sustainable strategy.