For more than 30 years, American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of international wood promotion in Europe, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for American hardwoods. AHEC has created creative design projects such as Legacy, The Smile and MultiPly for international platforms such as the London Design Festival, the Milano Design Week or the Madrid Design Festival, to show the great potential of this sustainable raw material and provide valuable examples of inspiration.
AHEC has pioneered Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) modeling for hardwood, an approach that has since been adopted by other industries. LCA measures a number of impacts: primary energy demand (from renewable and non-renewable resources), potential global warming, potential acidification, potential eutrophication, and potential creation of photochemical ozone.
RIVA 1920 is an Italian company that has been producing design furniture in solid wood with low environmental impact for more than 100 years. Over the years more than 130 famous architects and designers such as Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Karim Rashid, Philip Starck, Terry Dwan, Patricia Urquiola have designed for the company. Handcrafted production with solid wood, low environmental impact, total flexibility and special woods are the values and pillars that still support their production today.