Maker Spotlight: Luonto 0
Luonto specializes in minimalist Scandinavian design, from easy-to-use sofa sleepers to modular sofas that maximize use in limited spaces. Luonto first began producing sofas in 1964 in Kurikka, Finland. True to Scandinavian design Luonto offers a broad range of choice that bridges functionality with sleek lines of a modern esthetic. We like to think their sleeper sofas are sleepers without the bulkiness of a typical sofa sleeper. Each sleeper has enough storage for a mattress pad, sheets, a duvet, and a few other things, maximizing usability without sacrificing style. They also offer modular arena chairs, perfect for apartment living, easy to move, easy to rearrange.
Aptly named ‘Nature’ in Finnish is one the most forward thinking sofa manufacturers we carry. From cradle to the gate they make conscience decisions from design, sourcing of materials, to the long-term impact of the furniture on the environment of homes and the world.
Each frame is made of solid Nordic spruce were all excess wood not used is recycled into pellets, generating about three thousand pounds of pelletized fuel each day. This is used to heat their factory, local apartments, and even a school. The water based glue used as well as the fire-retardant-free cold cure foams are sourced from inside the European Union. The way the materials are produced minimizes off-gassing during the life of the furniture. Most materials are sourced within the European Union, decreasing the amount of fuel needed to get to Luonto’s factory. Nordic spruce is a major export of Finland, and since 1928 the government realized it needed to be cultivated and harvested sustainably. 99% of all of the fabrics and leathers offered by Luonto are produced in the EU. At each stage of production, workers sign their work on the bottom of the frame. Less than 2% of all pieces fall short of in house quality control before being shipped for delivery.
Luonto is all about recycling and using as much of all materials as efficiently as possible. All non-patterned fabrics are laser cut for maximum use, the scraps are sent to local felt producer to be recycled. The felts produced are then purchased to be used in frames. Foams are cold cured and made to specifically for each frame, any excess foam is recycled and used for padding on low wear areas. Jute strapping, auxiliary fabric, and linen felts are all grown from natural products. Dacron used is produced by a North European recycler who recycles about 4.5 million plastic bottles per day. The Dacron is a PET product that protects the foam from the upholstery. No chipwood is ever used in a Luonto frame, all wood is kiln dried in-house to make sure the moisture content is perfect for producing a long-lasting frame.
You can find most of there products here online, for a full catalogue please come into the store.
There are two categories of lead times for Luonto products.
- Instock items come with one or two fabrics and come in only a few types of frames. Lead Times are about 2-3 weeks.
- Custom ordered items have access to a full range of choice for each frame, access to 150 different fabrics, different choice of legs, and different firmness of cushions. The lead time also increases to around 12 weeks.
Yes, Lounto offers custom options in different sized frame (Sofa, Apartment Sofa, Loveseat etc.), 150 different fabrics and Leathers, foam firmness, and a variety of leg options. If you have your own fabric you would like to you use, Luonto would be happy to put it on a sofa for you.
- Leland Miller
Reclaim Decor Blog: October 2016, Time Flies! 0
If you haven’t heard we’ve moved! We’re now at 2123 1st Ave in Belltown!
We knocked down a few walls and connected the spaces that Gary Manuel’s Training Salon and Buffalo Deli. You can now find a wide variety of locally made accessories as well as, three levels of our hand selected furniture.
We’ve moved for a variety of reasons but one that weighed the most was the amount of construction projected for Alaskan Way and Western Ave. With Bertha still tunneling, the Alaskan Way viaduct expected to come down after she completes her run followed by Waterfront Park renovations shortly after, we decided to move to away from the noise and disturbance associated with the construction.
Top: Picture is the total area expected to go under renovations before and after the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
With our move we departed from consignment.
Thank you so much if you bought or sold consignment pieces through us, we had a blast. If you’re looking for another consignment store, please call us, we would be more than happy to help you find one that will fit your needs.
With our departure from the consignment model, we have time to fully focus on what is near and dear in our hearts, the world and those who live in it. We are now proud to represent furniture from manufacturers whose goals align with our own. Providing us with the best made products from happy, well-compensated artisans creating products from environmentally minded materials and processes. Whether it’s a coffee table made from reclaimed teak or a sofa created using recycled foams and plastics, our goal is to provide the greater Seattle area with furniture that will last a lifetime without an impact to our planet.
What you can expect from this blog in the coming months.
- The First of every month will focus on our store. New products that have come in, what events you can expect during that month, who our featured artist is, etc.
- Another will focus on a design trend or style where and explore its history and best practices.
- The final post of each month will focus on a manufacturer, a technical aspect of decorating your home, or a specific type of product.
- Blog Sale, every blog post will have a special coupon code with every post usable at our brick and mortar store or online. This months code: 'Time Flies!' 15% off all our dining furniture no matter the manufacturer.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and business. We would also like to thank our new neighbors in Belltown. Sassafras, Flor, Sell Your Sole, Belltown Community Center, and all those working at Gary Manuel’s Salon, Thank you for an amazing welcome, we very much appreciate it!
Until next time.
- Leland Miller