Viewport Studio set out to dramatically reduce the energy and resources required for producing domestic furniture, while still creating enduring pieces that will be loved and used in everyday life. The result is Essential, a furniture range that has been sourced, developed, and manufactured from discarded timber within a 10 mile radius of its production location.
This project questions the existing production cycle of commercial furniture and redefines what is essential to design, produce, consume and use at home. Essential merges responsible material sourcing, critical design thinking and key manufacturing, to create beautiful furniture for daily use.
Essential was voted ‘Furniture Design of the Year’ at Dezeen Awards 2020, winning both the public vote and the jury award.
Photography: Benjamin Swanson