Built to last for generations
More and more people are viewing sustainability as a matter of course. There is a clear trend towards sustainable solutions as people turn their backs on the throwaway society. For us, this is nothing new. We have taken a sustainable perspective on making handmade carpenter’s kitchens since 1982 – from organic materials and in an uncompromising quality that lasts for generations.
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 over 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. This is our fundamental stance on and understanding of sustainability.
Carsten Michelsen was once asked what he wanted for the product, and he replied: “That future archaeologists find the remains of a Multiform kitchen in a kitchen midden”.
Our uncompromising quality lasts across generations, and so does classic, timeless design. A Multiform kitchen is not thrown away when a family moves. It gets used again by a new family: that’s how it is with true classics.
“We believe in quality and lifelong durability in a world of consumption.”
Anita Barner Ibsen,
Head of Marketing
The direction we take
We believe that our significant contribution to sustainability is about making a guarantee of quality and lifelong durability in a time when more resources are being used than the plant has time to produce. In addition, we make daily decisions that sharpen our sustainable profile.
We have lasting partnerships with leading suppliers that share our wish to make progress in regard to sustainability. It could be suppliers that get the electricity for their production from wind turbines or solar panels, for example. When we take on new suppliers, this is partly on the basis of an assessment of sustainability initiatives.
What we do
We always select the best materials. We use honest and durable materials for our kitchens. The finest wood from European forests comprises a large proportion of our product. It is of high quality and does not require transportation over long distances. Wood is the world’s most climate-friendly and environmentally-sound raw material, partly because it’s CO2 neutral.
We work continually on projects to improve our environmental profile. Finding a strong, water-based lacquer is one of our focus areas. We test wear resistance to ensure that we fulfil our goal of being environmentally friendly while retaining our uncompromising quality.
At our workshop in Kibæk we manufacture all our carpenter’s kitchens using green electricity from Scandinavian hydroelectric power plants. Throughout the entire process, we are conscious of our use of resources and sort all our plastic, cardboard and wood for recycling in order to keep our impact on society to a minimum.
Behind every single unique kitchen from Multiform is a team of skilled cabinet makers 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.
Framework for our business
We have described our business practices in a code of conduct.
There is a close connection to the UN’s sustainable development goals. We are focused on working 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).
Sustainability is and will continue to be a strategic focus area for Multiform – just as it is in the Ballingslöv Group, which is our owner.