Setting the Stage for Sustainability: Arrigoni Woods Featured in Art Basel Exhibit

For us, it was a dream come true on so many different levels. To see our product and craftsmanship featured in a joint exhibit by Art Basel and Design Miami, the global forum for art and design, was in itself a proud moment. None of us had dared to imagine the world’s most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics exploring our work in a museum-quality exhibit.

But that wasn’t even the best part.

It was the creative collaboration. We partnered with some of the greatest minds in architecture, art and design to build the platform for achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And by platform, we don’t mean goals and objectives. We literally built a platform for a series of talks that explored how to close the gap between sustainable design and responsible production.

One thing was perfectly clear to all of us:  this would be no ordinary lecture stage. It would be a case in point. Our installation would be sustainably designed, responsibly produced and absolutely beautiful. Peter Guthrie, Chief Creative Officer of DDG Investment Partners led the design team that included BDDW, Plant the Future,  Lindsey Adelman Studio, Jakob Jakob and Andie Dinkin, and of course our partners in New York at Arrigoni Woods, special thanks to Tom Korytkowski and team who organized all the milling and with his team managed the installation. Without his craftsmanship and extremely hard work, it could not have been completed!

Using the ancient amphitheater and the “conversation pit” as design inspirations, Guthrie chose Arrigoni’s spruce plywood from Admont, Austria to shape a forum that would inspire collaboration. Admont’s factory is, Guthrie noted, “one of the most sustainable factories we have ever encountered, not only using the most highly managed forests, but using the waste material to heat the town itself.”

Plant the Future collaborated with Lindsey Aldeman Studio to create a centerpiece of suspended glass orbs with orchids and Spanish moss to underscore the forum’s purpose of sustainable and responsible design. Spanish moss acts as a natural “swamp cooler,” absorbing moisture through its leaves and reducing air temperature through the evaporative process.

Tyler Hays, founder of BDDW, showcased his firm’s rustic-meets-modern aesthetic with new furniture designs that celebrate the simplicity and honesty of good, solid craft and locally sourced materials. Guthrie noted that Hays sourced clay he dug from the property behind his Philadelphia studio.

The drawings and paintings from Andie Dinkin wrapped the forum with a sense of community and global significance. Her unique and “somehow familiar” imagery depict the world unified along one horizon line. Jakob Jakob contributed Dinkin’s work, giving us a beautiful reminder that we are all connected and responsible for sustaining our communities.

At Arrigoni, we have always believed that natural wood speaks volumes when thoughtfully integrated into the design vernacular. Of course, this is coming from a company that is truly passionate about wood. The opportunity to collaborate with this dream team of design professionals gave our passion real purpose.

The fact that we depend on healthy, well-managed forests is obvious to us given the nature of our business. The exhibit with Art Basel and Design Miami gave us a stage sharing this with others. Far more than raw materials, the forest supplies us with the very air we breathe. It is a source of beauty, art and inspiration as well as protection and refuge. It invites us to eexplore and create, giving us everything we need to thrive. We must only act responsibly to sustain it.

The forum “Design Talks: Building Legacy” ran from November 30 – December 4th, but its impact will hopefully be seen and felt for decades to come. You can rest assured that all of us at Arrigoni Woods will never forget.