This new sustainable furniture range promises to change the way we think about flat pack
These high-quality pieces that can be assembled and disassembled without tools will soon be available in Ireland.
Flat-pack furniture is often thought of as a short-term buy, whether it’s some extra storage for a rented apartment, or as a temporary fix for a few years, until you find something you really love.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Oliver Theobald, founder of Fuzl Studio, has approached flat-pack furniture from a new angle, incorporating expert craftsmanship and sustainable materials to create modern designs that are simple to build.
“Many perceive flat-pack as short-lived, cheap furniture that will eventually end up in landfill, rather than being cherished and moved from home to home.”
“A few years ago, I moved into an apartment in London and I was finding it virtually impossible to source well crafted, self assembly furniture specifically for small spaces. I had a decent budget to spend but I found many brands equated small spaces as being at the cheaper, lower quality end of the market. Along with that, many of the designs I tried were needlessly complicated and time consuming to build, made using unsustainable production methods and fast materials that favoured aesthetics over longevity.
“From speaking to friends, it was obvious I wasn’t alone, with many perceiving flat-pack as short-lived, cheap furniture that would eventually end up in landfill, rather than being cherished and moved from home to home.”
He decided to try and change this, and the resulting designs are made in the UK from sustainable materials and can be easily assembled and disassembled by hand thanks to their use of clever metal clips. If they ever become damaged, replacement parts will be available, while their oiled plywood surface can be sanded down and re-oiled to deal with any scuffs.
The Fuzl range will be available from Boünd Concept, Belfast from May 10, a homeware store founded by Tara Thallon and Natalie Davis. Below are some of the products from the range.
Made from sustainably sourced FSC birch plywood with six clips holding the design together, the seat of this chair has purposefully been engineered from slats of birch plywood which create a natural spring. They bend slightly with your weight, providing comfort without cushioning.
Available in six colour finishes, it costs €206.
Kiko dining table
Available in two lengths, this lightweight table looks elegant, and has a scallop detail on the edge which shows a touch of the craftsmanship that goes into making it. The 1.8 metre option is €2,065.
This bench (€344) can be used with the Kiko dining table, or by itself around the house, from hallways to bedrooms. Like the chair, its slatted design provides comfort when sitting.
This clever little table (€505) can be used alone in a tight corner to seat 2-3 people, but you can also combine them to create a larger table in various configurations.
Another dining table option for small spaces, the tripod-style legs are held together by three clips. It also costs €505.
Our homes have had to multitask like never before over the past year, so this ingenious design (€688) offers a solution for those of us who don’t have the space for a separate home office space.
Switching easily between a coffee table and a desk in seconds, the tabletop simply unclips from the low coffee table base which is then turned 90 degrees to form the higher desk pillar.
This one is coming soon, but promises to be a modular shelving system that can be adapted to your space, combining closed storage with open shelving.