Insertion of Sustainable Strategic Design in the Furnishings of Micro and Small Enterprises

By Juliana Cardoso Braga, Fernando Moreira da Silva, Leonor Ferrão and Luis Carlos Paschoarelli.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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There are around thirteen thousand, five hundred micro and small enterprises (MPEs) acting in the furniture sector in Brazil, whose production is essentially made to order. The manufacturing processes are not sustainable, resulting in large volumes of waste discarded in irregular manner on the outskirts of the cities. This waste is composed, mainly, for remains of reconstituted wood (sawdust and debris from artificial laminates and MDF). The spacing of MPEs in the sector over a vast territory and the reduced dimension of these productive structures have been causing difficulties for the actions of sensitization for a change in the productive paradigm, because these small organizations are, on the whole, too preoccupied with their subsistence. Therefore, this paper intends to present alternatives in sustainable strategic design, with the objective of minimizing the waste produced by these companies, promoting transformations in society. In methodological terms, active research will be used, since it favors the exploration and the analysis of a set of interactions occurred during the process, and it allows a reflexive action with sights of reaching improvements in results. It is expected that, this work, may collaborate for the minimization of the environmental impact by the furniture manufacturer MPEs, reducing the generation of waste for part of the sector.

Keywords: Eco-design, Environmental certifications, Social design

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.175MB).

Prof. Juliana Cardoso Braga

Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism, and Design, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil

Juliana Cardoso Braga is a Professor of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism, and Design at the Federal University of Uberlândia.

Dr. Fernando Moreira da Silva

Professor, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Fernando Moreira da Silva is a Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon.

Dr. Leonor Ferrão

Assistant Professor, Departamento de Ciências Sociais e Artes, CIAUD / Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, Portugal

Leonor Ferrão is as art and design historian. She completed her PhD in History of Art at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH/UNL) in 2008. She is a permanent resercher at the CIAUD - Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design of the Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa (FAUL) where she has taught Product Design History, Design Theory, Design Criticism and Architecture History since 2001. Her Post-doctoral Project – entitled «Glossolalia: an alphabet of critical keywords on design» – is supervised by Prof. Dennis Doordan (University of Notre Dame, USA), Prof. Fernando Moreira da Silva (FAUL) and Luís Manuel A. V. Bernardo (FCSH/UNL), with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship by FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

Dr. Luis Carlos Paschoarelli

Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Communication, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil

Associate Professor in the Department of Design, and coordenator of Master and Doctor Programs in Design, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Communication of Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil.