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nate – Reflecting the good.

Reflecting the good.

Good comes from
bold responses.

How do we ensure our development is sustainable? By forging new paths. Creating new connections. Understanding what motivates our customers. By ensuring that profitability and sustainability are mutually dependent, not mutually exclusive. By adopting work methods that are fit for the future.

From the idea for an exceptional wooden chair: An entire product line. It took three years of development for nate to take shape – and the results speak for themselves.

A Wooden Chair 2.0.

Good can be seen through new perspectives.

A chair that needs to reflect what animates people these days. How values and purpose reshape the way that companies or institutions think today. And, ideally, the result would be furniture that shapes spaces in keeping with all of these trends. The idea that the surrounding spaces also contribute significantly to a company’s culture and identity has become considerably more apparent.

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The nate Collection

We have asked many, many questions: on purpose and needs, values and responsibility, aesthetics and identity, new design opportunities, because "the future-oriented design of a product starts with the core not the outer shell", says Steffen Kehrle. The result: nate. The visible, outer design projects the essence of an authentically designed and sustainable product. For nate, it all started with a light, stackable, hygienic and fully recyclable wooden chair 2.0. There was a great deal more potential to uncover in its pioneering combination of materials consisting of ultra-thin shaped wood, sturdy solid wood and a frame made from 100% recycled plastic. Stools, benches and tables then followed. A comprehensive range of products was born: the nate collection.

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Good becomes possible through cooperation.

“We had the same idea that some things are changing and of how to approach the design in that case.”

Dr. Marc Brunner

It all started with a phone call. In March 2017, the phone rang at the Munich studio of designer Steffen Kehrle and Dr Marc Brunner outlined his plans for a new product. The vision was a wooden chair.

But not just any old wooden chair or one whose success would falter when examining the issue of sustainability. Design standards, exceptional usage benefits and modern production conditions were vital.

Dr. Marc Brunner and Steffen Kehrle
Dr. Marc Brunner and Steffen Kehrle discussing over a nate prototype

It was therefore no coincidence that Brunner contacted Steffen Kehrle. Atelier Steffen Kehrle implements projects with a forward-looking and holistic understanding of design. Natural, universal, customer-centric. With the challenges of our times in mind, questioning the status quo. Solid foundations when you are looking to re- imagine a wooden chair. A chair that needs to reflect what animates people these days. How values and purpose reshape the way that companies or institutions think today. And, ideally, the result would be furniture that shapes spaces in keeping with all of these trends.

This requires discussion. And discussion needs mutual understanding. So, after that initial phone call, Dr Marc Brunner and Steffen Kehrle met in person to work through their first ideas in more depth and determine a possible way forward. For Brunner, Atelier Steffen Kehrle’s perspective on wood was an important factor in the decision to embark on a mutual collaboration.

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Setting new standards

Good takes time to improve.

The frame on a wooden chair is usually glued to the other components. Atelier Steffen Kehrle and Brunner’s technical engineers were looking to achieve true innovation, however. Brunner is setting new standards with the recycled plastic frame.

“That’s just how it goes. You search for two years, you work at it constantly and then somewhere along the line, someone says: why don’t we make the part from plastic? And bang! There is the solution and suddenly everything is so easy”, Steffen Kehrle says.

Head of Engineering Michael Hauser, with his innovations and trendsetting ideas, constantly encouraged and motivated the team to change their perspective. The idea of injection moulding the frame from plastic was a major breakthrough both for the manufacture and for the uniqueness of the design. The recycled plastic frame not only achieves the design basis of soft lines brilliantly, it even highlights it. The injection moulding production process makes an unstructured design and design- related intelligence possible. The components no longer need gluing together.

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The design coordinates perfectly with the organic lines of the chairs, stools and benches. nate tables are a natural addition to the range. They create meeting points and work surfaces in offices, catering, the hospitality sector, public spaces and health and care settings.

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