“Have you ever walked past a nail salon?” asks Michael. “The smell! Those are some serious chemicals.
“Well, being inside that warehouse was like that to the power of three. Without aircon,” he adds.
The experience started Marc and Michael thinking about the health and wellbeing of people who worked in those conditions day in, day out.
We discontinued that product and began asking more questions.
Like many construction professionals, the pair had assumed the products they were using were safe and well regulated. After all, they were being used in schools and could be purchased over the counter at hardware stores.
It turned out some of these readily available products contained chemicals that could be harmful with long exposure.
“Our trust was challenged,” Michael explains. “We discontinued that product and began asking more questions.”
Since then, Schamburg + Alvisse’s focus has been on creating timeless collections that thoughtfully incorporate sustainability at every turn. From the design to the manufacturing and the potential for endless reuse.
The duo’s latest design is no exception.
Inspired by Tokyo’s laneways, EDO pays homage to the city’s “sophisticated blend of technology and tradition” with angular lounges that rise like quirky buildings, arm rests that feature discreet charging docks and meeting nooks that resemble intimate tea houses.
It’s not to be in one season and out the next.
But don’t be fooled, the collection is no mere fashion statement.
“We want people to feel good in it,” Michael explains, “but it’s not to be in one season and out the next. It’s designed to be Zen, almost invisible, quietly doing its job.”
The understated nature of the collection means you can imagine seeing in an office 10 years ago or 10 years into the future. And to make it so, each piece is built for easy disassembly, movement and repair.
Its materials are also thoughtfully selected to minimise impact on both the environment and people’s health: from the FSC sustainable timbers to the GECA certified foams.
Signing with Zenith Interiors has allowed Marc and Michael to take their ethical products to a global market.
“Kind of like a Trojan horse of sustainability,” says Michael, the partnership has enabled them to demonstrate that ethical and environmentally friendly products can be popular and profitable.