Inch Furniture

BACKGROUND:

INCHfurniture was established in 2004 by Thomas Wüthrich and Yves Raschle. For some time already we are intensively occupied with the construction and design of furniture made of solid wood. During a longer working stay in Indonesia we got to know the technical school for wood processing. Right from the start we were convinced by the available know-how, the exemplarily managed school and the openness for inputs that we decided to collaborate with PIKA. In the meantime we maintain an intense personal contact with the school administration being far beyond a mere business relationship”

“We are devoted to wood, to design and to a different culture.When we say wood, we mean solid wood. When we talk of design, we also mean research. And speaking of different cultures, we speak of mutual exchange. INCHfurniture puts this attitude into practice: the production of our furniture is carried out by the fabrication workshop of an Indonesian vocational school for wood-work, utilising sustainably cultivated timber”

“Wood is alive and a material prone to change. We always bear in mind the characteristics of wood during the construction and the preparation of the surface finish of our furniture. As a result, each piece of furniture is made to last and gains more character as it ages. Serial manufacturing methods can only be used restrictedly when assembling solid wood furniture, as every tree grows differently and has its own colour and grain. Each single component is chosen to suit the constructional requirements and aesthetic demands. Much of the work must be done by hand, hence each piece of furniture is unique”

“Our furniture is produced at the PIKA¹ carpentry workshop in Indonesia. PIKA is based in the seaport of Semarang on the island of Java. The enterprise is structured according to a principle that is singular in Indonesia: the production workshop where the INCHfurniture items are created also trains apprentices. This firm is held in high esteem throughout Indonesia and is among the best schools of the country. Every year, around 75 apprentices are educated as carpenters, draughtsmen and furniture designers.
PIKA operates on an advanced level, is headed by competent specialists and equipped with modern machinery. The furniture fittings and metal base parts are fabricated by ATMI², a mechanical engineering school in the town of Solo. ATMI’s organisation is modelled after PIKA’s”

“In Indonesia, there are primary rain forests of enormous expanse. However, large parts of these forests have already disappeared due to ruthless clearing. Timber is very important as an export commodity for Indonesia and a vital resource for life there. If these clearings are not stopped, the country is heading for an economic and ecological catastrophe. Only a sustainable forestry that involves the local population can counteract this development. That’s why we believe the best preservation of tropical rainforest is its sustainable use.
The goal of the FSC label is sustainable forest cultivation. FSC is an organisation issuing certifications for forestry and wood-working enterprises and its members commit to strict regulations and to work according to directives that are based on social and ecological principles such as: no excessive forest exploitation, no illegal felling, involvement of the local inhabitants and promoting biodiversity. Independent controlling bodies vouchsafe the compliance to these standards. FSC-certified wood has already become widely accepted in many countries by producers and consumers alike. In Indonesia, FSC-certification is still at the early stages. It is a concern of ours to support this development by aspiring, together with PIKA, to qualify for the FSC-certification. In spite of heavy environmental damage, ecology has not yet become an issue in Indonesia. As a school, PIKA can act as a role model and put across ecological awareness to the students. We would like to support PIKA in its endeavour to become established as an FSC-certified production workshop. Ecological thinking can be rooted in the school curriculum by experts and specialists raising awareness during education. Thanks to our commitment, this process is also being supported by WWF Indonesia which provides the school with lectures and information material”

 

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