For the environmentally conscious homeowner, it’s not just the build and energy choices that offer challenges in attaining sustainable living. Finding furniture that mirrors the same values of their home (such as sustainability, quality construction, cutting edge design) can lead to much consideration. Sydney-based NOMI recognised this as unique opportunity to create something new.
Henry Gresson, who came from a background in the tech world, and Tomek Archer, the inaugural recipient of the QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award for Architecture and Interior Design, worked together to rethink how furniture is designed, built, and sold.
NOMI's founders realised that all the great furniture pieces they loved were in boutique stores and offered at extremely expensive prices. They were intrigued by the difficulty of finding quality, sustainable furniture in the mid-market. Thus NOMI was born, an online furniture retailer selling customisable and quality flat pack furniture at affordable prices. We spoke with the team at NOMI to learn more.
What have you learnt over the first few years NOMI furniture?
We’ve learnt a lot over the past couple of years. Most rewarding has been the response people have had to the ability to customise their furniture online - it’s been a pleasure working with our clients and helping them customise their dream piece and take ownership of the furniture that goes into their space.
We’ve also learnt that sustainable, local design is something that the market does care about. The NOMI platform is about celebrating authentic design, and we’ve been excited to learn that we’re not the only ones out there who are passionate about supporting Australian designers.
NOMI’s furniture is shipped as flat-pack furniture. Not many people make the association between flat-pack furniture, sustainability, and style. Can you tell us more about how NOMI is changing this stereotype?
Flat-packed furniture does not have to be synonymous with the temporary: there is no reason why something that comes flat-packed cannot be an investment piece.
NOMI is challenging the stereotype on a number of levels. NOMI pricing opens up the possibility of removing ‘stepping-stone’ pieces that people buy before people invest in their long-term, dream pieces. These temporary pieces inevitably end up in a landfill and are a huge waste of resources. Also, by keeping our pieces flat-packed, our transportation carbon footprint remains low too.
What design considerations are made when making your pieces sustainable?
Change is inevitable: through spaces; of spaces; of styles and tastes and trends. It’s important to purchase furniture that can make these transitions with you so that your table or your chair or storage units are still relevant down the track, and don’t need to be replaced. The way we design our pieces is to ensure that they can move with you.
On a more specific level, NOMI furniture is also made using materials that have the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification, and we also have a British Standards Institution (BSI) ISO14001.
These certifications certify that the materials we use are responsibly produced raw materials and that our business practices have put an effective environmental management system in place. By covering both our materials and our business practice, we hope to demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainability.
The Wall 2.0 with these considerations in mind, it’s designed specifically to be able to respond to a change - built up of smaller units, made from sustainable materials, and has the ability to be reconfigured with your requirements. These things have a great impact on sustainability and quality.
The team at NOMI continue to work hard towards sustainable design solutions. To view their range, and to learn more about how you can design your own, visit the NOMI website.
If you’re thinking about sustainable options at your place, you don’t need to stop with the furniture; by opting for a green energy plan you can help offset your household’s impact on the environment.