ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN_ FURNITURE _ INDUSTRIAL DESIGN _ MANUFACTURING
Unhindered by categorically impaired thinking, we walk the lines between these fields and others, designing objects and spaces which are greater than the sum of their parts.
MAKE _ We create what we design.
Our state-of-the-art machine shop allows us to fabricate what we conceptually create, closing the design-build loop and allowing us to innovate at every point from schematic through prototyping right through to manufacturing.
(click to view detail on the 355 11th St project, shown behind)
LIFECYCLE _ OPTIMIZED
Swerve produces high-quality objects made to last a lifetime. Our surfaces are solid (we never use fiberboards or other cheap fillers which breakdown with daily use); our structures are engineered to remain stable with age (and children and earthquakes and...). Our woods are FSC-certified materials which have been grown in carefully-managed farms and sustainably harvested; our systems are designed for modularity --- if your needs change one year or twenty in the future, our furniture can reconfigure to match.
CYCLE _ RECYCLE
All Swerve products use aluminum, a 100% recyclable material which tops the list of reclaimed metals with over two thirds of the alloy ever produced still in use today. Aluminum is lightweight, offering 60% more structural value per pound than steel and thereby minimizing carbon expenditure for transportation and maximizing the utility of every pound. Many of our surface materials include significant quantities of recycled material, from acrylic plastics (38% recycled) to phenolic resins (using 100% post-consumer recycled paper fiber).
(click to view the Silicon Valley Tech Campus project, shown behind)
BREATHE _ NO _ EVIL
The aluminum structure our furniture utilizes is completely inert. The hard finish applied to wood surfaces is SEFA-8 certified for use in laboratory settings, is UV cured so as to be non-offgassing of VOCs, and does not necessitate the use of caustic solvents when applied. Our phenolic resins combine recycled paper pulp with resin to create an FSC-certified solid surface material which is non-offgassing and perpetually workable.
LOCAL _ AMERICAN
All Swerve products are manufactured and assembled in the United States at our Berkeley, California manufactory. We believe local is better both environmentally and economically, and that keeping manufacturing jobs and know-how domestic is a top priority. Though our furniture may be a little more expensive, it is because we have resisted the trend of nearly every other furniture maker moving production offshore. What is a cost at the offset will pay off as our product outlasts all of the competition --- hear more in founder Michael Goldin's BBC interview.
(click to view how we make product in this, our studio/factory)