Dunlopillo is major brand in bedding and has specialised for over 70 years in the manufacturing of latex and alveolar foam mattresses. Our factory is located in the Paris region at Mantes-la-Jolie.
For several years now, we have been considering implementing a holistic environmental approach and we have chosen the CTBA to advise us on this. We wish to learn more about the different negative impacts our activities have on the environment so that we can then reduce them. We plan to go beyond eco-design products and aim to bring about permanent changes to the 350,000 mattresses and 110,000 bed bases we produce every year in terms of our sourcing of components, production and delivery.
The results in terms of energy use, water and waste management are already impressive.
We have also initiated a product-oriented approach so as to include considerations of environmental protection from the first steps in design with the objective of reducing of reducing the environmental impact while maintaining quality, usability and the practicality of the products. They will be even better tomorrow.
 
Benjamin GUIGUE
Marketing and Product Director, Dunlopillo

Salon du Meuble de Paris, Paris Porte de Versailles - France (20th-25th January)
www.salondumeuble.com

Salon « IMM » show, Cologne - Germany (15th-21st January)
www.immcologne.de

« Planète Meuble » show, Paris Le Bourget – France (25th-29th January)
www.planete-meuble-paris.com

 

« Maison & Objet, Now ! et Scènes d’Intérieur » show, Paris Villepinte - France (26th-30th January)
www.maison-objet.com

 

Salon « Idéo Bain » show, Paris Porte de Versailles - France (5th-10th January)
www.ideobain.com

 

Salon « Ergonoma » show, Bruxelles – Belgique (7th-9th February)
www.ergonoma.com

 

« Stockholm Furniture Fair » show, Suède (7th-11th February)
www.stockholmfurniturefair.com

Salon « Expofil » show, Paris Villepinte – France (20th-23th February)
www.expofil.com

Salon « Première Vision » show, Paris Villepinte - France (20th-23th February)
www.premierevision.fr

Salon « ZOW » show, Bad Salzuflen – Allemagne (26th February-1st March)
www.zow.de

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If the 20th century was one of enormous progress, it was also one which indulged itself in every excess. It is a fact that, tomorrow, we will have to produce better rather than more. The stakes of what has come to be known as sustainable development are high for future generations. It is worth reminding ourselves that this injunction to the entire chain of production includes not only conservation of the environment but also social aspects based upon complementary skills and an economic aspect whose principle is the sharing of wealth. Although this watchword meets no resistance from the general public, the resistance from the producers and retailers in-between is high given that these measures inevitably increase costs. The current proposals for environmental taxes will partially dispel this reluctance, but, if the directors of the companies concerned do not commit themselves, we will not reach our goal. Yet it is urgent. We have no choice. We must go for it – it is the direction of history. And this process will need every specialist, whether designer, engineer or marketing expert. These political decisions could arouse reactions of obstruction and hampering but this would be all the more difficult to understand in our sector, because our job deals the living environment, i.e. the well-being of our fellow men and women. Many such initiatives have already taken off. Not only the particular positioning we have dictates that we should lead this process; we must also ensure that we turn developing excellence in this area into an asset. Another advantage we have is a structural one: most of the companies we work with are small and medium-sized and they have a greater capacity to adapt than the majors. Furthermore, the fact that many of them are craftsmen supports this concept: it suits them so well. And finally, the material wood, which is used in most products, is of itself a huge advantage for sustainable development as it is the only material that stores CO2.
These advantages should not hide all the efforts that need to be made on formaldehydes, foams, varnishes, etc. Between what exists and what would be ideal lies what is possible, one of the presidential candidates has said. But, for once, let’s seize the opportunity we have in front of us.

Philippe Jarniat,
Consultant on development/ VIA

Salon du meuble :
10 events on the theme of innovation
Just as every year, we invite you to come and see us at Porte de Versailles between the 20th and 25th of January 2007. Besides having our respective stands, we will also be taking part in several events. For more information, please consult the programme.
 
Changer d’ère
Visitors to this exhibition will follow an interactive course lined with fun activities that provide an introduction to eco-design and to the changes everyone can make to his or her behaviour and consumption patterns to reduce their impact on the environment.
The exhibition runs from 17th October 2006 to 12th August 2007.
Cité des Sciences – La Villette in Paris and on www.cite-sciences.fr/changerdere
 
www.ameublement-durable.com
By creating this website for the general public, the French furniture industry has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable development. It offers a resource, networking and information hub, as well as a newsletter (to register).
Des cas concrets valorisent les bonnes pratiques du secteur.
 
Massaud
The VIA is dedicating a monographic exhibition to Jean-Marie Massaud. As if in a state of weightlessness, the designer displays the different facets of his creative universe: furniture, objects, architectural and forecasting projects.
The exhibition runs from 2nd January to 8th April 2007. Preview on 24th January.
VIA Gallery – 29 av. Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.
www.via.fr
 
« A habitat for all »
When you turn on the mixer tap with your elbow because your hands are full, you are benefiting from the same kind of comfort as your aunt who suffers from arthritis.
The showroom flat at 15, rue des Frères Chappe in St Etienne is an interesting example of design for all, made using simple and quick ergonomic modifications (raising the height of the electric sockets, adaptable furniture…) or services (integrated home automation, medical monitoring…). This experiment proves that it is possible to come up with a habitat that is as much adapted to a healthy adult as it is to a handicapped or aged person. With an ageing population, sustainable design will have to take these issues into account.
15 rue des Frères Chappe, 42000 St Etienne
 
« DNA Eden »
This exhibition ignores every taboo and opens up a whole new area of design: drawing the living.
At a time when the climate is overheating, allergies are increasing and pandemics are appearing, is developing GM maize or an anti-allergic cat incompatible with the principles of eco-design?
Isn’t genetically modifying cereals to avoid later use of fertilisers and water shortages a way of anticipating the future? But what might the impact of an abuse of this technology be? A genetic Hiroshima? It goes completely against the notion of sustainable development, which is one of compromise in which the precautionary principle can be as destructive as it is protective. The debate is on…
Biennale internationale du design 2006 – St Etienne
 
Tokyo Designer’s Week 2006
30 Oct. to 5 Nov. 2006

After years of political and economic crisis, Japan is bouncing back. In this regard, like New York, Tokyo constitutes a trend barometer. Buildings are going up everywhere. Everyone is waiting to see the new Issey Miyake flagship designed by Tadao Ando, 21_21 Design Sight, the future temple of their labels. And speaking of labels, Tokyo has one of the world’s highest concentrations of luxury tags: Prada, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès, Comme des Garçons, …
 
Intérieur 2006
13th-22nd October 2006
www.interieur.be

Intérieur is a true compendium of upmarket contemporary creations for the home and remains a major meeting-place where international and Belgian design rub shoulders harmoniously and with a certain bravado. Leading Belgian lights such as Obumex (01), Tribù (02), Extremis (03), Bulo, Aquamass (04) or Vange use their designer signatures - and in particular those of local creative talents - as a source of addied value.
 
SIAL 2006 – The Global Food Marketplace
22th – 26th October 2006 – Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre
www.sial.fr


SIAL the Global Food Marketplace, was held for the 22nd time over 5 days at the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte, north of Paris. With more than 5,300 exhibitors and more than 140,000 visitors, this meeting-place is an absolute must for specialists and for those passionate about food matters. One of the strong points of the SIAL is without doubt innovation, the search for the factors driving product development and consumer trends…
 
Vérona + Bologna
Abitare il tempo, Verona, 21st-25th September -
www.abitareiltempo.com
Cersaie, Bologna, 26th-30th September - www.cersaie.it

Last September, Italy put on a great display with two high-quality specialised exhibitions, each in a particular domain and in its home city: upmarket decoration in Verona and ceramics for architecture in Bologna. There is no competition between the two cities, indeed much the opposite: they complement each other well both in terms of their markets and their dates. Account of a visit.
 

 
Eco-design : a reasoned approach to everyday issues
Perhaps you’ve asked yourself before how the wardrobe in your bedroom was made. In which country? By what kind of process? And did all these choices have an impact on our environment? By attempting to answer these questions, we change our position as a consumer into that of a consumer-activist and citizen who is conscious of how high the stakes are for us to reduce our environmental impact on the planet. For both companies and designers, eco-design is a key element in this change of direction to reduce our negative impact on the environment.
 
Eco-design – or how to get back to common sense
Furniture manufacturers who have taken the plunge insist that making one’s production line environmentally friendly is perfectly feasible. Designers have a key role to play in this collective rethink, through their choice of materials, the use of the product, etc., although they will have to work twice as hard in order to respect technical imperatives, often by trial and error.
 

 
« Metawell »
Metawell® is a lightweight aluminium panel with a corrugated core that is bonded to one or two cover sheets. Thanks to its corrugated structure, Metawell has high mechanical resistance and high dimensional stability, which makes it interesting for use in environments with large variations in temperature or in vehicles (e.g. ships, rail).
Even if the extraction of aluminium uses a large amount of energy, this product’s lightness and its great durability recommend it for uses in eco-design.
www.metawell.de
« Textile 3D »
Pressless is a company that produces 3D 100% polyester textiles. Demonstrating good air circulation and high resilience, as well as being easy to use, these three-dimensional woven fabrics are an excellent alternative to the PU foam generally used as stuffing.
Light, single material and recyclable, they are ideal for use in the context of eco-design.
www.pressless.de
« AFT Hemp Fibre »
Hemp fibre is an excellent substitute for glass fibre for reinforcement purposes. It weighs less, costs less and is easier to recycle than glass fibre, as its reinforcing properties are never altered. A wide range of polymers (PP, PE, PVC, ABS…) can be reinforced by cellulose fibres such as those of hemp. The exclusive process developed by AFT makes it possible to obtain optimal mechanical reinforcement of plastic parts, whilst making them lighter and easier to recycle.
This proves that a renewable material can be used to improve technical performance.
www.chanvre.com
 
« Tectan »
This panel is made by recycling Tetra Pak packaging material: the cartons are washed, dried, shredded and heat-compressed without added glue. The polyethylene film lining the original Tetra Paks acts as glue. The resulting panels have a multicoloured appearance with aluminium “sequins”. It is very dense and can be used as a table-top, shelves…
www.tectan.de
“The eco-design handbook »
This is the standard reference work in English on the subject of eco-design and includes several hundred design and architecture projects which are relevant for eco-design: reduced material use, simplified processes, energy efficiency gains …)
What’s more, at the end of the book there is a list of interesting websites, manufacturers of materials and numerous explanations on the topic of eco-design.
A must-have!
New edition 2006, Alastair Fuad-Luke, Thames & Hudson
     

« What’s happening to the grass? Reflections on the Global Garden »

This book reveals the thoughts of the internationally renowned gardener Gilles Clément. The question he raises here is how to integrate oneself into living flows, to make the most with them and the least against them, to accept migrations, to encourage what is in-between, to give oneself time…
Although they talk about gardens, these very timely thoughts also carry political import. The book’s significance extends far beyond that of a single sector.
Open the door to find the garden – a good place to think about the future of our society.
Gilles Clément, texts edited by Louisa Jones. Actes Sud
   

Design, an instruction manual: yesterday, today, tomorrow

Although mainly devoted to furniture, Elisabeth Couturier’s book nevertheless looks at the various expressions of design today, using images and historical reminders to back up her arguments. The book includes a list of selected designers, with a detailed presentation of each.
Published by Filipacchi – 30 euros
 

Domus

Taschen has brought out a new edition in 12 bound volumes of the Domus magazines that appeared between 1928 and 1999. This journal created by Gio Ponti reflects the architectural and design landscape of the period. There is an accompanying CD containing an index.
Directed by Peter and Charlotte Fiell. Published by Taschen – 500 euros. /
www.taschen.com