What needs to be done to make reuse even more widespread?
We reuse in all our projects, and every client really is on board. So it’s already widespread in that way. Even so, there are still challenges. For example, we don’t know what’s on the market when we start on a project. Something that would make the whole process a lot smoother is a system where suppliers can label everything they’re selling. That way we could easily check the furniture’s chain of custody and know the environmental impact straight away. That would also be useful for inventory, when a product is being reused.
How do you currently work with reuse in interior design projects?
I think that the job has evolved a lot from how it used to be, and it’s an exciting challenge! We manage the project, plan the logistics, manage the costs and coordinate everything. We have to ascertain the level of ambition early on, and then set common goals with the client. A clearly defined process is crucial to a successful reuse project. I work far more hands on, I’m at the site, touching and feeling the furnishings in a way that isn’t done in a conventional project. It demands more of me in the creative process. It calls for flexibility and being prepared to make changes along the way.
Why are you so passionate about reuse?
For me, reuse is necessary, but it’s also fun and challenging! Also, as a representative of my profession, I need to feel proud that I’m doing what I can to slow down consumption.