At Multiform, sustainability is part of our DNA. Our kitchens are characterised by timeless design, carefully selected materials and an uncompromising finish, all rooted in traditions of proud craftsmanship. Multiform is the kitchen classic that lasts for decades – just like the very best furniture classics.
A long service life minimises the consumption of natural resources. The same can be said about our everyday efforts to use sustainable solutions. This is the case for everything from the certification of wood to the consumption of energy and even sorting of waste.
Built to last for generations
Many people today think about sustainability when buying long-term consumer goods such as kitchens and furniture. We see more and more families investing in classic kitchens made from natural materials that can last for generations. There are many who would rather save up for a hand-crafted kitchen for life than buy one that lasts for 5 to 10 years. This is both encouraging and essential in a time when we are using more resources than the planet is able to produce.
The global agenda, of course, is about consuming resources with care. Our contribution is to continue creating classic kitchens of exquisite quality that are simply too good, and too beautiful, to be replaced after a few years. We want to help consumers buy less but choose better. That is the best approach to avoiding waste.
This has been our mindset since 1982, when Multiform was formed. The founder of Multiform, Carsten Michelsen, had a vision of designing a kitchen classic that, in line with the Danish furniture designs of the 1950s, could last for generations. He created Multiform’s Form 1 kitchen in 1982: a kitchen classic that’s very much alive and well – as is his vision.
“A Multiform kitchen is built to last. Built for everyday. Built for living. For an entire lifetime.”
Anita Barner Ibsen,
Each kitchen is created with nature in mind
All Multiform kitchens are tailor-made and produced in Denmark at our workshop in Kibæk. Here, experienced cabinetmakers create every kitchen from the ground up using proper craftsmanship methods: All wood and veneer is sorted by hand, all drawers are handmade and dowels, pins and dovetail joints are used to ensure that the timeless design is underpinned by exclusive craftsmanship.
Multiform kitchens are predominantly made from wood, one of the most climate-friendly and environmentally sound raw materials in the world. Trees play an important role for the climate, both globally and locally. There are two ways in which we can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We can produce less carbon emissions. We can also remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it. Trees can both remove and store carbon dioxide and put it to work as they grow. They collect carbon dioxide from the air and store it as carbon on the forest floor, for example.
The sycamore maple wood for the handmade drawers comes from a small, family-run sawmill in Austria and is harvested exclusively from European forests. To achieve the lightest colour and most uniform structure, the wood used for Multiform’s drawers is felled only during a few weeks of the year, following a period of frost. Out in the forest, maple can grow up to 30 metres tall, with a diameter of 150 cm. The tree grows slowly and will typically be around 120 years old when felled. It has a beautiful white colouring, with distributed fine pores and thin growth rings.
Focus on climate – in the home too
When we buy wood, we always ensure that it complies with the EUTR legislation. The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) is the EU regulation intended to combat the trade of illegally felled wood and wood products. Pursuant to the regulation, it is illegal to market illegally felled wood and wood products, and companies are subject to a number of requirements.
The materials used in our cabinets are PEFC-certified. PEFC is the largest forest certification scheme in the world when it comes to sustainable forestry and works with unwavering dedication to promote sustainable forestry across the entire globe. The purpose of the PEFC certification is to safeguard the forest environment. Here, the climate, as well as the animals and plants have been considered, and, as a minimum, the forest must be able to reproduce itself. The forest certification scheme also covers people who work in, live in and off the forest with regard to rights, safety and health.
When we buy chipboard and MDF boards, these are in compliance with TSCA05 (The Toxic Substances Control Act). We place the strictest possible requirements on our procurements and this means, for our customers, that the materials release the least amount of formaldehyde possible.
We have lasting partnerships with leading suppliers who share our wish to make progress in regard to sustainability. This can include suppliers who obtain the electricity for their production from wind turbines or solar panels. Selection of new suppliers takes place partly on the basis of an assessment of sustainability initiatives.
As an example, we have selected a supplier for a new waste system for all kitchens. This allows us to provide our consumers with better waste sorting options. The new waste system is made using recycled plastic and, when it needs to be replaced, it can be recycled again.
Continuous progress at all times
We specifically work with sustainable principles as a natural part of our working day. By exclusively using green electricity from Nordic hydro-power plants and, for example, changing to LED lighting in the workshop, Multiform reduced its carbon footprint by 35% from 2018 to 2019 alone.
We are addressing new areas. By developing a new water-based paint for all surfaces and by optimising the distribution of our kitchens, we are reducing our carbon footprint by a further 62% in the year 2019/2020. Our goal is to become a completely carbon neutral business by 2022.
“We are always conscious of our ressource consumption to ensure a minimal negative impact on the environment.”
Anita Barner Ibsen,
At Multiform, we are working towards a number of ambitious goals, both internally with regard to our employees and externally with regard to the environment. These are described in our strategy, as well as in our Code of Conduct.
With regard to the sustainable development goals, we undertake focused work with the following goals: Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), Goal 13 (Climate Action) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
Behind every single unique kitchen from Multiform is a team of skilled cabinetmakers and craftspeople. This is why good working conditions, ongoing skills development and respect for the individual are natural focus areas at Multiform. Only the most skilled team can create the very best results.
Please find the group sustainability report 2019 here.