The beginning of Danish design company, Skagerak, rooted deeply in Scandinavian design and belief for good craftsmanship, started in the northern harbour of Aalborg, Denmark, back in 1976 and was up until 2016 called Trip Trap.
“We know that Skagerak [ˈsɡæjɐʁaɡ] can be a little hard to pronounce; so allow us to explain what it means. From the northern tip of Denmark runs a strait connecting our little country with our Scandinavian neighbours: Sweden and Norway. That strait is called Skagerrak (with two Rs) – and historically it’s been a crucial factor in developing the Nordic region.”
Danish craftsman Ib Møller started off by building high-end staircases by wood scraps collected from local wood shops, and it didn’t take long before he left the staircases behind and started designing outdoor teak furniture instead.
Today, the family company is owned by Jesper and Vibeke Panduro, whom together live with their children in Aalborg, where they also work from. The couple work with a range of highly talented designers, creating beautiful furniture for both indoors and outdoors, and have done some fantastic collaborations with both established designers along with some emerging talent.
Skagerak creates timeless, sustainable products for the home, creating a wide range of contemporary, functional and long lasting products. Even though the brand is traditional with quite a few years on its neck, and see themselves as forever the same and unchangeable, their new and inventive ideas and designs brings modern, practical and beautiful pieces that breathes Scandinavian living at its best.
One thing on top of Skagerak´s priorities is to do their best on producing responsibly, respecting our valuable planet. They are a B-Corp company, meaning that they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performances with a public transparency, leaving everything open for the public to see, and over half of their wood is FSC-certified (The Forest Stewardship Council), who promotes responsible management of the world´s forest, with a goal to be 100% certified by 2020.
“We believe in buying less and good quality, so it lasts for generations. We also focus on getting great design and use of sustainable wood to go hand-in-hand, and at the same time we encourage everyone to start thinking more about where their products are made, what they are made off and not least under what circumstances. The quality of design should not only be measured by the quality of materials, looks and functions – true quality is only achieved if it’s made under responsible conditions; not harming people or the planet.”
Another way of for Skagerak to provide a responsible production of their designs is to follow their Code of Conduct (ethical guidelines), which they’ve developed, and is the CoC a compliance between the company itself and their suppliers, which includes an arrangement of requirements they need to follow to ensure fair labour rights and environment management. They´ve also been a member of UN Global Compact Denmark since 2010, enlisting the company to various activities focusing on a more sustainable future, such as Anti-corruption, Human Rights and more.
The 11 principles of Skagerak´s CoC:
The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Occupational Health and Safety
Special Protection for Young Workers
No Bonded Labour
Ethical Business Behaviour
Decent Working Hours
No Child Labour
No Precarious Employment
Protection of the Environment