Both designers and industry have a great responsibility to ensure that all design objects are produced responsibly in relation to people and material consumption. The consumer culture is facing a fundamental change, where we must learn to consume and produce differently and with greater care. Where the generations after World War II lifted the material prosperity of the many, we must now save the planet!
As a consumer, you are often met with empty phrases about sustainability. It is an industry where there is a lot of greenwashing, and it can be difficult to understand where you as a consumer can make a difference and thus contribute to a world with more sustainable design.
The great commodity of the future is trust. You must be able to trust that the product you buy is properly produced, the materials are recyclable and that the people who have participated have had proper working and salary conditions.
TAKT believes that this trust is absolutely crucial and that is why we use the EU Ecolabel as a certification on all our products, which ensures that we live up to a standard.
On all our furniture there is a third-party approval that acts as the consumer’s assurance that what we say also live up to international standards for sustainability.
Throughout history, architects and designers have regularly set criteria for how to ensure both good architecture and good design objects. If we go all the way back to the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius, the world’s first architectural theorist, we find the earliest design principles. Vitruvius believed that every building should stand on three legs; Firmitas, Utilitas and Venustas. Durability, usability and beauty. These principles are very general, but in their basic understanding they are fully valid today, more than 2000 years after they were written down.
In the late 1970s, Dieter Rams became increasingly concerned about his own contribution to a world of more and more objects, asking the question: “Is my design good design? “. His answer was expressed in 10 principles of good design.
Later, Muji expressed their design values in 6 principles of how to design.
We see great value in establishing design principles. They can act as positive resistances and help unleash creativity in a focused way for designers and help ensure that the right problems are solved. Furthermore, TAKT has a strong focus on sustainability and certification with the EU Ecolabel which demands a series of outcome requirements. Here our design principles help to achieve the goal.