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EVOLUTION AND MILESTONES
There have been a series of changes, modifications and
milestones reached since Pankowska started her project
For one, since the onset, the upholstery tiles have gone
through at least four major modifications. There was
even a version of tiles with magnets, which did not work
out, Pankowska says. “Through testing, the design has
evolved to where it is today, and I am sure will continue
One of the biggest milestones was finalizing the uphol-
stery tile design for a patent, which up until that point
has been kept a secret for at least six years. As soon as
the patent – which is currently pending – was filed the
designs could be made public.
“This upholstery tile idea is so much fun I didn’t want to
compromise its sustainable mission with someone making a cheap plastic knock-off,” Pankowska explains.
IfI t ' s B r o k e , F i x I t R e f o r e s t D e s i g n c r e a t e s a r e p a i r r a t h e r t h a n r e p l a c e f u r n i t u r e o p t i o n . F or Ewelina Pankowska, design is a puzzle that fuses creative expression with function. And as much as she loves art and its expression, the driving force behind her work has always been tackling physical and environmental problems. Recognizing that the furniture industry is responsible for approximately 15 percent of Earth’s deforestation, Pankowska’s company Reforest Design is addressing these nvironmental concerns through its furniture design, material and manufacturing. The result of Reforest Design’s vision is a furniture line with a signature modular system that can be applied to all upholstery styles. The idea for Reforest Design was inspired by the plethora of damaged and discarded furniture that Pankowska encountered during her days studying Environmental Design Architecture at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. “I’d walk city streets and couldn’t help but notice all the different breeds of cast-off urniture,” she notes. “A majority of the furniture found on the curb was upholstered. LEFT Reforest Design has an upholstery tile archive with 1000s of designs from artists all around the world. RIGHT Each upholstery tile has mortises and grooves, allowing for easy sliding between furniture frames, with a removable key for locking everything into place.
sources | PRODUCT EVOLUTION | By Rachel Kats | Images courtesy of Reforest Design