Does Using Trash Mean We Should Be Cheaper?

At Pentatonic, we love trash. That much should be clear by now. It forms the basis of the unique materials that we use to make our products. The things we design and build might have started their lives as rubbish, but it doesn’t mean that getting to the final product is cheap. Going from discarded plastic bottles or smashed smartphone screens, to tables, chairs, and glassware is a complex process.


AirTool components in production

Advanced manufacturing

The biggest influence on the prices of our products is in the manufacturing that goes into each one. The manufacturing techniques used to make our products are usually found in the aeronautics industry, high-end consumer electronics as well as bleeding-edge fashion design. This means that the people we choose to work with are experts operating at the very top of their field. Okay, here’s one example. The people responsible for creating the legs for the AirTool tables and chairs spend the rest of their time designing bumpers for companies like BMW. They’re masters at figuring out how to make products that are strong, ultra-lightweight, aesthetically appealing yet highly functional. When you sit on air AirTool chair you’re sitting on something that was created with the same expertise as a luxury car.

Finest fabrics

For our fabrics, we’re working with the very best. We’ve produced fabric for our cushions in one Italy’s finest houses of couture. The fabrics are woven on century-old looms, where they’re keeping company with designs that are on their way to luxury labels like Fendi, Kenzo, and Rag and Bone. Here, the fabric is woven by hand, with the highest level craftsmanship and care applied to every roll.

The value of buy back

Engineering and manufacturing rigour is one thing, but our products also have an extra value baked in. Each one comes with a dollar value applied to the material that doesn’t depreciate over time. Our guaranteed buy-back system means that we’ll happily pay a pre-agreed price for any item you want to return to us. This is our commitment to only selling things that can one day be broken down and reincarnated into new things. The material will always hold value to us, and to you.

We’re in uncharted waters here. Our materials and techniques are completely new. Our focus on creating products within the circular economy model is complex and challenging. And it can be expensive. But we’re pushing ahead anyway. Because we’re looking forward to ushering in a more sustainable society that has completely rethought it’s relationship to waste.