Fyrn (pronounced “fē, yərn/,”) designs and manufactures everlasting furniture, offering an alternative to the use-and-discard culture that is common today. To produce efficiently in California, the team leverages a system of patented parts and manufacturing equipment designed and engineered in-house. The company’s initial series, named Stemn, emphasizes the strength of metal and the warmth of wood and upholstery, pairing patented sculptural brackets with North American hardwoods.
Materials & Ingredients
North American Hardwoods, anodized aluminum brackets, stainless steel, and VOC free oil matte finish.
Packaging & Delivery
The Stemn system was designed to ship flat, minimizing the carbon footprint during transportation. The packaging is fully recyclable and compostable material, with the exception of a few small velcro ties, which we recommend are kept for reuse by our customers. We also facilitate fully assembled delivery of furniture that is blanket wrapped for transportation purposes, avoiding the excessive cartoning of fully assembled furniture.
Quality & Value
Fyrn Stemn is a patented system of durable parts and pieces, making repair and refurbishment easy and inherent to the design. We believe that once the resources have been used to make a piece of furniture, that it should stay in use into perpetuity. Considering repair as part of the design process and supporting part replacement is a critical element to longevity. Additionally, we just launched the Fyrn Exchange as a platform to centralize the resale of previously owned Fyrn furniture, and make it more accessible to more people.
Rather than designing a set of products and then figuring out how to produce them and then figuring out how to reduce the waste in producing them, the Stemn system began by thinking about how to produce a product with minimal waste. Much of the aesthetics of the furniture fall out of meeting this criteria, along with efficiently producing in small spaces. There is very little discarded wood created in the production of our furniture. All of the excess aluminum that is produced while milling our brackets is collected and recycled. We make every effort to reuse any packaging (corrugate, plastic bags, etc.) that is received as part of shop supplies. And finally, our packaging is designed to be recyclable and compostable. With all of that said, we still create waste, and continue to look for ways to minimize it wherever we can.
Local Supply Chains
We make our best efforts to source materials as close to our production facility in San Francisco as possible, and with very few exceptions entirely domestically. We utilize a few key partners in the East Bay, as well as the Midwest.
Here again, we have focused on a system of design and manufacturing that requires a smaller footprint than traditional furniture manufacturing. The parts and piece system allows us to use less space for storage both during and after completing production. Outside that we try to use common sense practices to turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
We believe the most sustainable choice we can make is to create a product that never goes to landfill and support it into perpetuity. One way we ensure this to be the case, is to stick to the design parameters of the furniture, and avoid customizations that make long-term part replacement and service more difficult or impossible.
Goals & Aspirations
Our greatest aspiration is to convince people it’s worth investing in quality furniture and objects that last. Contributing towards changing patterns of consumption is our top priority. We believe this can be accomplished through sharing the stories around where our materials come from, who is producing the furniture, and how it is different than many of the choices available today.
Certifications & Memberships
We are founding members of the Good Future Design Alliance.
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