The message of sustainability is at the core of the project and will explore how the designers can champion a beautiful and sustainable material; hardwood. The designers will be using a mix of three underused species – red oak, maple and cherry – which combined account for more than 40% of all standing hardwoods in the American forests.
The American hardwood forests are not a planted resource, so what exists in the forest is there because nature intended it. Over-reliance on a narrow selection of timbers ultimately results in supply stress on the forest. So in order to design sustainably, there is a responsibility to use all of what nature provides.