Design is the tool we use to meet the end goal, but understanding who made the product and where is also key, as is whether it is of contract quality.
Manufactured to “contract quality” means the product has been produced with features and techniques that make it more robust so as to extend its natural working life. In hospitality, a desk lamp (for instance) would be engineered to withstand the rigors of daily use and everyday maintenance.
The opposite to this is a linear economy, where we find low-quality, low-priced products that cannot be maintained, and so have a “built-in” destruct button, i.e., they are designed to have a shorter working life. This keeps the cost low, but limits its use to the home market.
Baulmann Leuchten produce contract quality decorative lighting and mirrors. A family business, they manufacture 100% in Germany and have done so for over seventy years. Since their inception they have followed the principles of a circular economy by designing decorative lighting and mirrors to be serviceable i.e., they can be maintained to extend still further their working life.
Baulmann “design out waste” by manufacturing products only as required, they do not oversupply. Where a design allows, they will utilise materials that can be recycled at end of life. Baulmann also operate a direct distribution chain which helps lower end costs and, reduce carbon emissions.
Attention to the origins of a product by taking an ethical view of its manufacturing credentials will help to lower the long-term maintenance costs of a hotel. It will also help to protect the environment.
Baulmann will be showcasing innovative and ethically produced products and innovations at the next Hi-Design in Tenerife. Why not come along and see what we have to offer.