Modular Furniture Austria

The idea is to increase value-added in regional wood processing addressing/targeting new markets with an attractive and diligently-crafted multi-purpose furniture made of wood from certified origin coming from forests in areas around protected National Parks. 

 

Modular furniture from National park regions

Timber construction firehouse Steinbach (Region Eisenwurzen) Author: G. Gerald

Modular furniture from National park regions

Langscheidtalm Region Eisenwurzen Author: G. Gerald

 

Biogeographical Region

Central, continental

Ecosystem Services

Tourism and Recreation, biodiversity, timber

Initial Pioneer Innovations

Network approaches

Innovation Stage

Articulation/ consolidating

 

  • What is the innovation about?

    The idea is to increase value-added in regional wood processing addressing/targeting new markets with an attractive and diligently-crafted multi-purpose furniture made of wood from certified origin coming from forests in areas around protected National Parks.

    The innovation focuses on a consumer demand driven design, production, and marketing of high value furniture goods, and its possible impact on remote areas with high land use shares in forestry and high ecological standards. Collaborations between designers and carpenters, carpenters and traders as well as with regional development agencies have been initialized.

  • What makes this innovation a good example?

    Forest-rich areas may use their natural resources for creating value. Especially the consumer-demand related parts of the value chain have been thoroughly explored and developed, especially fostering cooperation between traders, carpenters, and designers.

    A broad range of results have been achieved: 1 market study, 5 design high school (CH, IT, LV, SE, UK) contests, 20 design drafts, jury assessments, 2 exhibitions, workshops with carpenters, press conferences, and publications.

  • When was the innovation established, and by whom?

    This innovation was initiated and established in the context of the project “Modular furniture from National park regions“ (2011-13); funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European program „Europäische Territoriale Zusammenarbeit, Grenzübergreifendes Förderprogramm Interreg Bayern–Österreich 2007 – 2013.

    This project was developed and led by STUDIA Schlierbach. Other direct partners were the “Möbel- und Holzbaucluster (MHC)”, located in Linz / Upper Austria, and the C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V. (Netzwerk Forst und Holz), located in Straubing / Bavaria in the vicinity of the German National Park Bayerischer Wald.

 

News and Events

Kick-off meeting InnoForESt

27 November 2017 / associative partner

Around 45 experts from the forestry sector representing 17 institutions gathered for the first time in Berlin to welcome the InnoForESt, a H2020 Innovation Action project.

Project Steering Committee

14 May 2018 / Conference, Seminar

Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting in Bratislava.

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