Planet, People & Product, Humanscale leads the Way in Sustainable Design for Clerkenwell Design Week 2022
Humanscale, the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work-life, has announced its participation in Clerkenwell Design Week 2022. The move reflects Humanscale’s ongoing desire to encourage architects, designers, building project and facilities managers to re-appraise how they design for people and planet.
At Humanscale, every internal decision is evaluated to minimise the impact to the Earth. To date, 26 Humanscale products have been certified net positive by The International Living Future Institute – meaning any time they are made, the planet is measurably better off. Smart Ocean and Liberty Ocean chairs utilise material from discarded fishing nets, pulled directly from the ocean. The nets are transformed into plastic pellets and then used to manufacture the chairs. In the interest of transparency, the materials for each product are listed on the Declare Product Database and proudly displayed in Humanscale showrooms.
Visitors to the Showroom will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the brand’s design heritage whilst gaining an up to date look at the company’s ground-breaking work around environmental stewardship. Products at the Showroom include NeatCharge, Humanscale’s innovative cable free charger for mobile devices which will be launched at Clerkenwell Design Week
Humanscale has teamed up with Square Mile Farms who put urban farms into the heart of cities where people live and work. In the showroom there will be two of their farms providing Humanscale visitors with fresh, healthy zero travel miles produce. At the end of the three days the farms will be harvested providing herbs for end of the festival drinks.
A dynamic programme of events is scheduled to take place in the Humanscale Showroom, 200 St John St, EC1V 4RN, across the 3 days with speakers from the UK and the USA. A range of topics from sustainability, wellbeing and design are to be dissected:
2 pm Tuesday 24th May – Kicking off with Jane Abernethy, Humanscale’s Chief Sustainability Officer, being live streamed from the US, talking about Designing for People and Planet.
3 pm Wednesday 25th May – Building Inside Out – Outside In, a panel session chaired by renowned journalist Helen Parton, looking at the sustainability of buidings from the ground up and in. The panel includes Martin Gettings – Head of ESG Europe from Brookfield Asset Management, Tariq Abbas – Associate Director at HDR and Lydia Randall – Head of ESG at BDG architecture + design and Sarah Ratcliff, Chief Executive Officer at Better Building Partnership amongst others.
3 pm Thursday 26 th May – Mad About the House founder Kate Watson-Smyth hosts a panel looking at Sustainable Design for the Home. The panel includes Financial Times journalist Roddy Clarke, interior designer Simon Hamilton, “Green Grad” Harry Peck, who makes furniture from ocean plastic and Elizabeth Margles, Chief Marketing Officer, Humanscale.
12 pm Wednesday 25th May – Humanscale’s Sustainability Ambassador, Hani Hatami will be taking part in Closing the Loop, looking at what the furniture industry is doing to marry a circular vision with the reality of a sector which thrives in part, on fashion and change. The panel discussion will take place in the purpose built autorium, Spa Fields, 91 Skinner St, London EC1R 0WX with James Mair – Viaduct, Marc Richard – Roger Lewis, Dean Connell – Knotel, Hani Hatami – Humanscale. Chaired by Elspeth Pridham – The Insider.
Reflecting the shift to hybrid working, there will also be two areas where consumer users can view and try products. Visitors to the Humanscale showroom who want to upgrade their Work From Home set-up will be eligible for a 20% discount and faster lead times on products ordered during CDW.
“The showroom will be a hive of activity during CDW and provide visitors with unlimited access to Humanscale’s full range of award-winning office solutions and offer the opportunity to hear leading industry experts on wellbeing, sustainability and ergonomics in the workplace and home office space.” Pakize Nasuh, Managing Director, UK