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Guaranteed (hopefully) for ever
The German company Henkel produces tubular steel furniture. Their business model is to provide high quality products that may be considered pricey but that are long-lasting, rejecting the idea that profits are only gained by high sales volumes.
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This model calls into question the usual path of growth for businesses. While many companies talk about sustainability, this company takes it a step further by manufacturing products that have a guaranteed long life span. Are quality, long-lasting products something that resonates enough with tomorrow’s consumer?
A site where services are traded in kind. You register your skill, such as plumbing and you use this to ‘pay’ for the service that you need.
Designers Sebastian Rønde Thielke and Anders Højmose have created a new time management tool called ‘daily stack’. It consists of different colored wooden blocks that are electronically connected to your computer and visualized as a widget on the desktop. Each block and color represents a different task and time period. When each task is finished a wood block is removed making the daily workload a physical entity.