Democratic meeting places: How sharing stories can bring us closer together
The International Day of Democracy is a yearly opportunity to review democracy in our country, cities and neighborhoods. International days such as this are occasions to address global problems and to celebrate achievements.
How do you build the world’s most environmentally friendly furniture factory?
In June we launched our plans for building the hypermodern factory; The Plus. But The Plus is so much more than that. We actually have five goals for the project, you might call it our manifesto: The first goal being that we will build the most environmentally furniture factory in the world.
The city of the future and World Population Day
Our population is growing, and along with it, urbanization is picking up pace. 70% of us are estimated to live in cities by 2050. In 1989, the UN made the 11th of July a day for the billions of us living here.
World Population Day is an opportunity to pause, a day to consider our direction, responsibilities, and actions. It is a day to rethink, redesign, and redefine our future. What would a future with inclusive communities in sustainable cities on a healthy planet look like?
Vestre plans to build the world’s most environmentally friendly furniture factory in Norway
Vestre is proud to present its latest project, The Plus. We plan to build the world’s most environmentally friendly furniture factory at Magnor in Norway. This is the largest single investment in the Norwegian furniture industry for decades. The factory, which has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the world-famous Danish firm of architects, will be a global showcase for sustainable and highly efficient production.
Our Vision Zero: Furniture with ever-lasting life. Even for discontinued models.01.07.2020
Vestre has a Vision Zero. According to this vision, we will not produce a single product which cannot last for ever. This is also how we are fighting the throwaway society, one piece of furniture at a time. Through good design, critical material selection, advanced surface treatment and a little maintenance every now and again, ever-lasting furniture is in fact very much an achievable aim. We also supply spare parts without any time limits – if we do not have them in stock, we will make them for you.
Edible and easy-care planter favourites for landscape gardeners01.07.2020
Summer is here and many people are asking us about planters. We have consulted Sigurd Boasson from Svein Boasson AS to help you choose plants which people will appreciate and are easy to grow. Sigurd is a landscape gardener specialising in using planters to create attractive outdoor spaces.
Expanding our UK office23.06.2020
Vestre has several offices across the world, and we continue to expand our Vestre family. Recently we’ve hired two new colleagues to our London office. We know that COVID-19 has put a huge strain on many businesses around the world, but it is Vestre’s culture to focus on long-term opportunities and what is best for both people and planet.
Vestre’s three proposals to the government for getting the economy back up to speed after Covid-1925.05.2020
In May, Norway’s Minister of Finance Jan Tore Sanner and Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø invited ten business leaders to a meeting to get their ideas on the Norwegian economy after the coronavirus pandemic. Vestre’s CEO Jan Christian Vestre was among those invited. He presented three specific proposals that could quickly stimulate demand, increase investment in mainland Norway and boost exports. Norway is not the only country to experience major economic challenges as a result of the pandemic, so Vestre’s proposals are also relevant for other countries’ governments. The proposals are presented below.
Smart City Bins04.05.2020
For far too long bins have been emptied without even being half-filled, costing both you and the planet more resources than necessary. Norrsidans and Vestre have now done something about this. We are launching a thoroughly tested, user friendly system that can be pre-installed with your new Vestre bin or even implemented into existing ones, saving you both time and money.
Earth Day – every day22.04.2020
Earth Day happens every year on April 22 and this year for the 50th time. Earth Day is a way to shed light on the biggest challenge to the future of humanity – climate change. We are going to use this Earth Day to tell you some of what we do to meet our climate crisis, while at the same time emphasizing that it is ours. It is everyone’s, and it requires a shared responsibility and a joint effort – and not just a days’ effort, a lifetime one.
From marine plastic waste to high-end products30.03.2020
Vestre wrote earlier about the project “From Beach to Boardroom”, which has also received support from the Norwegian Retailer’s Environment Fund. We can now follow up the story with some great news. The project has become a fully-fledged company called “Ogoori”. Ogoori will work to clean up a half-century of plastic waste floating in the ocean.
"Best stand" at Stockholm Furniture Fair 202017.02.2020
At this years’ Stockholm Furniture Fair, Vestre won the honorable award for Best Stand for our sustainable stand design. The exhibition, which was designed by Note Design Studio, reflected our commitment to sustainability, and all materials in the stand were carefully selected for the ease of recycling or reuse.
This year's new products03.02.2020
At the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020 we will be presenting this year's new products. There will be some completely new series, and some additions to series that have been seen before. What they all have in common is that through their attractive design they will help to make sustainable, sociable meeting places for users round the world.
Vestre featured in Forbes09.01.2020
In a great piece by Forbes on the art of sustainable development and how to use it as a competitive advantage, they use Vestre as a case study: «Vestre are leading the industry with their positive example in rethinking their approach to business.» We proudly encourage everyone with an interest in the field of sustainability to read the article below.
First we took Manhattan...09.01.2020
And we actually did. In 2010, Norwegian architects Snøhetta were awarded a contract to redesign Times Square in order to turn the iconic site into a social meeting place accessible to the public, and in late 2016 Vestre were lucky enough to partner with them for the project.
Vestre launches new website25.11.2019
Vestre has launched a new and improved website, designed to simplify your working day as a landscape architect, landscape gardener, contractor, etc. The new website includes BIM, multiple download formats and 3D models that let you see the desired product in the given timber and colour. The website was designed by Snøhetta, the renowned architect firm, in collaboration with Værsågod and Bimbear.
From beach to boardroom03.07.2019
With increasing producer responsibility, less plastic is going astray. Ope, IVAR and Vestre have jointly established the project From beach to boardroom as a tangible measure on the part of the business community to address the challenges associated with plastic in nature.
“Peace bench” as a symbol of diplomacy and dialogue to be unveiled at UN headquarters27.06.2019
Following a commission to design a “tool for dialogue,” design firm Snøhetta, aluminum supplier Hydro and Vestre have joined forces to create a “peace bench” for the Nobel Peace Center, titled The Best Weapon. To be unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Nelson Mandela Day, July 18th.
No future for companies that do not take responsibility for their surroundings06.05.2019
The pilot project “The Maintenance Team” has emerged as a direct result of the collaboration with the Church City Mission. The project is a further development of the Church City Mission's work-offer for people without access to ordinary working life.
Vestre certifies with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel03.05.2019
A little over two years ago we could announce that Vestre were the very first manufacturer of outdoor furniture to have a city bench certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.Today we happily announce that additionally four of our top selling ranges all receive the same certification. Previously our April bench was the only product to have the Nordic Swan Ecolabel certification. Now the entire April, April Go, Bloc and Stripes series join the ranks of certified products. Vestre is with this well on it’s way to becoming the world’s most sustainable furniture company.