9 Products That Show Simplicity is a Virtue
Technological advances and calls for sustainability have manufacturers embracing design with fewer ingredients and slower production.
A dramatically pared-down coffee table illustrates a trend toward furnishings with few parts and natural materials. Called Plint, it takes its frugal form from a collaboration between award-winning designer Cecilie Manz and TAKT, a one-year-old Danish manufacturer that makes quality flat-pack furnishings in sustainable and transparent ways.
Three of Plint’s four parts (a wood surface and two side planks) are preassembled with leather hinges, which enables inexpensive shipping and no-tools-required assembly. The ingredients, wood and leather, are as green as they are restrained; planks are Forest Stewardship Council–certified (FSC) oak or pine, EU Ecolabel–certified, and intentionally machined as a kit of replaceable parts to extend the product’s life. Even the hinged seams are carefully considered: They’re supplied by a Swedish tannery called Tärnsjö Garveri, which distinguishes itself by using a chrome-free, vegetable-based tanning process.
But simplicity is the table’s chief virtue. “A small plinth is a type of furniture I often return to,” Manz says, “as it’s highly functional and self-explanatory to use.” It’s a model of basic versatility and craftsmanship, which a growing number of product designers seem to be following.
You may also enjoy “A Home in L.A. Has an Introverted Facade, but Exuberant Interior”
Would you like to comment on this article? Send your thoughts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register here for Metropolis’s Think Tank Thursdays and hear what leading firms across North America are thinking and working on today.