MATERIALS


 

 

 

 

The choice of materials has a great impact on the final product. At AYTM, we believe that materials of high quality are one of the key elements to create long lasting products. We always strive to find the best material solution that meets our high standards in both quality and design expression. We seek to use innovative, natural and renewable materials in our products as much as possible. By using natural materials, many of our products become their own unique piece, reflecting nature.

Below are some of the materials we use:

 

Wood is a renewable resource that has long been used in the building and furniture industry. During its growth the tree absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere to grow and releases oxygen in the process. Wood is becoming a more and more important material in our products. We mainly use oak, walnut and ash in our products. In 2021 we started to FSC® certify our wood products, which helps us ensure sustainable forest management in our supply chain. Read more about it under certificates.

Leather is a material that has been used ever since for the production of human clothing and lifestyle products. It is a natural byproduct of the meat industry, which we turn into a valuable material to make beautiful furniture pieces. Animal welfare and social and environmental standards are of a high importance for us and we are glad for the business relation to our leather supplier who is also aware of his responsibility and proactively works with sustainability. We think the leather gives our products a special touch and if treated well will last for years.

The vast majority of or textiles is made out of cotton. We believe that cotton as a natural material has a much better touch and is breathable in comparison to synthetic materials such as polyester or similar materials. For us this makes cotton the go-to materials for our upholstery and textiles.

Wool is an amazing material with a long history in furniture and clothing applications. It is natural and renewable and comes with some great material qualities, which we cannot get anywhere else. For us wool is an excellent material for carpets and textiles as it gives them not only a soft and natural touch but is also very durable and acts as a natural flame-retardant, so that you can enjoy your product while feeling safe and secure.

We believe that natural materials are always the better choice, thus we only use downs and feather as filling in all our pillows. We are working closely together with our local supplier to ensure top quality. Every time we are using animal products, we are also concerned about animal welfare. Our supplier complies with all the strict EU rules regarding animal welfare and only uses feathers and downs that are a byproduct from the meat production.

Glass is a fascinating material that mostly consist of sand. Under high heat, it melts and becomes a semi-liquid mass that is shaped into beautiful pieces of art. Once cooled it becomes a solid object and can be used as a drinking glass, flower vase, or something totally different. Glass also comes with great recycling properties without a loss of quality. Often recycled glass is used to replace some of the other input materials and reduce the amount of raw materials needed.

Stoneware and ceramics are some of the oldest materials we know of. They have been used for millennials to create pottery and beautiful accessories. At the base of every ceramic is clay; a pliable material composed of minerals and water. Depending on the mix of clay there are many different qualities of ceramics ranging from bricks to porcelain. If treated with care ceramic products will last a lifetime or longer and is the perfect choise if looking for durability and longevity.

Metals are naturally occurring materials that get refined and can be used as a construction material. Metals are very strong an durable while being relatively light weight for what they can withstand. Metals are a perfect material to provide strength and stability to a table or a chair. Moreover metals have great recycling properties and can be recycled endlessly without any loss of quality.