25 May 2024, 11:25
By Furniture News Jul 14, 2022

Winner: The Furniture Awards 2022 (Sustainability category)

The Furniture Awards are bestowed on the industry's champion suppliers at the January Furniture Show each year. Organised by Furniture News in partnership with the event, the awards aim to recognise the businesses leading the way in various categories.

This year's Sustainability category winner was Signature Kauri.

This category recognises businesses that champion sustainable practices and demonstrate the will to make the world a better place. 

Winner Signature Kauri excavates preserved kauri trees from New Zealand’s peat bogs to create unique tabletops, before restoring each site to its previous condition. The business offsets the carbon created in its products’ delivery through reforestation.

“Signature Kauri was founded with sustainability at the core of everything we do, at every stage of the process and for every customer,” says MD Daniel Sagar, who lived in New Zealand for a number of years, then started shipping furniture upon his return to the UK. 

“In recent years the use of resin in tabletops has become increasingly popular,” he continues. “This adds a unique look to each piece, and enables something which might typically look traditional to have a more contemporary appearance. We’ve recently started using a black resin in our products, and when paired with the right shade of golden brown, this can create something truly special.”

Visitors to Signature Kauri’s stand at the show will have noticed the breathtaking resin-infused dining table, a clear sign that this business is one to take note of. 

“Receiving the award was amazing,” says Daniel. “It helped with additional discussion on the stand and a few people definitely sought us out directly due to the win. It has also helped clarify internally why I constantly push for new ways to improve on sustainability, and will continue to do so!”

The judges said: “There’s a wonderful story behind this beautiful product which would really resonate with consumers.”

Pictured, from left: Furniture News' Paul Farley; Signature Kauri MD Daniel Sagar; and the portfolio director of Clarion Events’ Retail Division, Zoë Bonser

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