Because so much beauty can be found nearby
Arco has been in Winterswijk since 1904. We are a family-owned business and have been doing what we're good at for over a century: making tables. Tables where people work, meet, eat and live. Tables where people discuss the world of tomorrow. Because we have a clear vision of the world of tomorrow. In a world where raw materials are becoming increasingly rare and more and more people are – justifiably – asking about the origin of products, we present to you the LOCAL WOOD collection. A collection of furniture made of wood growing right here in the area of the Winterswijk factory.
The fact that we will be making all our products in our own factory in the Netherlands in 2017 is unique. This is made possible by the expertise and skill of our employees from throughout the region. Our family business is loyal to the environment, which means that you shouldn't obtain materials from afar if these are available locally. That's why we only work with wood from the Netherlands and western Germany for our LOCAL WOOD collection. Our factory is located only 5 km from the border with Germany, which is known for its woodlands. It would be a shame not to make use of so much available quality offered by our eastern neighbours.
We like to keep our production chain as short as possible at Arco. That's why we look for our partners close to home; so that we don't generate unnecessary transportation kilometres and emissions and don't waste energy. Transportation causes a major part of the environmental impact you generate as a business. By working with local wood and regional partners, we directly decrease our impact.
As a family business, we want to leave the world a better and more beautiful place for future generations. That's why we only work with partners who also have an environmentally friendly vision of the future, such as Natuurmonumenten en Stichting Geldersch Landschap en Kasteelen. Our mutual respect for nature is what unites us. Because we want our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy nature as well.
The foresters responsible for the management of the forests use their experience and expertise to determine which trees need to be felled to maintain the health of the forest. They select the most beautiful of these trees for the Arco Local Wood collection.
The felled trees are sawn into planks at a local sawmill. The wood is then left to dry until the moisture content reaches the right level.
The dried planks are delivered to the Arco factory where our expert craftsmen create handmade table tops for the Base collection. Careful selection guided by a masterful eye ensures that each table has its own unique look.
We manufacture the furniture of the LOCAL WOOD collection from specially selected trees. These trees are not from large production forests but from forests where felling needs to take place for reasons of sustainable maintenance, such as to make room for new trees. We want to use the quality of the local wood and celebrate any 'imperfections'. That's why colour differences and the unique, naturally formed knots remain visible in the finished product. With a table from the LOCAL WOOD collection, you put a piece of nature in your house – literally.
At Arco we believe that sustainable living goes hand in hand with aesthetics and enjoying life. And so we've come full circle: discussing the world of tomorrow at a table from the LOCAL WOOD collection. Sometimes it's just that simple.