Input interior and Trygg-Hansa join forces on reuse
Reused furnishings are the focus for several new construction projects in Malmö. Reuse provided the starting point for the entire interior design concept at E.ON’s Nordic headquarters, and, on completion, the new Malmö City Courthouse was furnished with 2,500 used products. Trygg-Hansa has now also taken final delivery of newly renovated furniture for its office in Hyllie.
Tens of tonnes of CO2 emissions. According to estimation values, that is the environmental saving achieved by Trygg-Hansa as a result of opting to reuse large parts of its interior furnishings instead of buying new. The move to the Hyllie district of Malmö involves the co-location of four offices with a total of 1,200 employees.
Everything from desk frames and conference chairs to acoustic panels and storage solutions have been reused. A considerable proportion of the interior furnishings has also been reconditioned, refinished and reupholstered.
Choosing reuse over new interior furnishings has to do with responsibility, and the resulting benefits are a key deciding factor, according to Trygg-Hansa.
“Trygg-Hansa is a company aiming to be at the forefront of its industry, and it is important for us to make mindful, sustainable choices. It is about taking responsibility, and we made this issue a priority when it came to planning and furnishing our new office. We are delighted with the end result, and have received a lot of positive feedback from employees about the project,” says Helena Åkerman, Facility Manager at Trygg-Hansa.
“Numerous options were available when it came to freshening up Trygg-Hansa’s existing furniture. This project provided an opportunity to update colours to ensure that all products would work with the new interior design concept,” explains Olle Källström from Input interior, which has served as turnkey supplier for interior furnishings and associated services.
Efforts to minimise CO2 emissions encompassed all furniture, and any interior furnishings not used at the new office have been reused at Trygg-Hansa’s offices in Stockholm and Umeå. More than 300 products have also been matched with new owners through Greenified and been given a new lease of life elsewhere in the Nordic region.
“Greenified has proved an enormous asset on this project and has enabled new circular furniture flows. It is a useful and smart tool for projects big and small,” continues Olle.
As far as Input interior is concerned, the fact that Trygg-Hansa, E.ON and the new Malmö City Courthouse all chose to reuse interior furnishings on a large scale is down to there being the possibility to do just that. The interior design company has seen a major shift in attitude in recent years and recognises Region Skåne as an important player.
“Region Skåne was quick to set new, more stringent sustainability requirements for procurements, putting the region at the forefront of efforts. Both in terms of fossil-free deliveries and more sustainable products. Requirements have now been tightened throughout Sweden, and we are seeing interest in reused and reconditioned furniture growing all the time,” concludes Olle.