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In 2016, the Municipality of Tohuin, CIEFAP (Center for Andean Forestry Research and Extension) and the Ministries of Industry and Education of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands signed an institutional cooperation agreement with the object of establishing the bases of a joint work aimed at establishing minimum parameters for the promotion of local forestry activity in the manufacture of furniture for Public Schools. Within the framework of this agreement, CIEFAP contracted Designo-Patagonia to jointly design a chair and desk set for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary educational levels.
The furniture was designed for students who pass through different school levels, hence there are three different sizes, and it’s sought to cover aspects related to functionality, comfort for users and adaptation to new teaching methodologies and pedagogy. Another point is the ergonomic accompanying the anthropometry of children and young people, their dynamics of study and their growth over the years.
The raw material for the elaboration of the furniture is Lenga wood. It is the main local renewable forest resource, it is part of the regional identity and it is feasible to be elaborated through the conventional productive means and the installed capacity.
The school furniture suffers intensive use so it is important to consider that the quality of its manufacture is a requirement for the products to achieve the required durability. The design contemplated the product is repairable in the case of breaks, systemic pieces and their linkage in such a way that they are easily replaceable.
At this moment the furniture is in production stage in Tierra del Fuego. Both products are patented. They obtained the Quality Award of the Argentine Furniture Hall (SMA-2018) and the Argentine Good Design Hallmark n°2137. It has been finalist in the category “Design and Entrepreneurship” at the Ibero-American Design Biennial (BID2018). It is also part of the permanent collection of the IDA Foundation (Argentine Design Research).