We make sustainable furniture : well-designed, well-made and built-to-last.
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We founded TIPTOE in 2015 in Paris with the ambition to make sustainable furniture that would be altogether beautiful, useful and durable.
“We were dreaming of durable furniture that would have several lives alongside its owners, of affordable pieces telling stories because they were designed with care and uncompromising quality. At TIPTOE, furniture is a creative, responsible and optimistic reflection of modernity.” – Matthieu Bourgeaux et Vincent Quesada, TIPTOE co-founders
Family heritage spanning three generations
Our commitment to making durable products with flawless quality is rooted in a family history spanning three generations of entrepreneurs.
In 1947, Henri Bourgeaux, Matthieu Bourgeaux’s grandfather, started a small company specializing in metal work in the Alps mountain region near Chamonix in France. Over the years, the Bourgeaux factory has specialized in a metal working technique called “bar turning” consisting in processing metal bars into precision components.
Taking over from the founding grandfather, the Bourgeaux factory was later managed by Matthieu’s father and uncle and more recently by his older brother. Since 2015, the family factory has been one of TIPTOE’s main partners with the manufacturing of thousands of mechanical pieces each year.
TIPTOE was founded in 2015 in Paris
We started TIPTOE in 2015 by revisiting a long-standing concept of French design in a modern and colorful way: the modular table leg. With the TIPTOE table leg, we laid the foundations for the development of a broader range of beautiful, timeless, useful and durable products. Our product philosophy is that every TIPTOE piece of furniture must be well-designed, well-made in Europe and built-to-last.
We see TIPTOE as a young brand walking in the footsteps of a line of French designers who marked the history of furniture with their free and “avant-garde” vision. The first concept of modular table legs using a clamp emerged in 1972 when French designer François Arnal designed the “serre-joint T9” table leg. In 1982, Philippe Starck revisited the concept as part of a creation for French retailer “Les 3 Suisses”. In the 2000’s, Philippe Nigro offered his own vision of the clamping table leg system when he designed the T.U. table.
Our approach to sustainability
When we founded TIPTOE in 2015, we embarked on a mission to make sustainable furniture that altogether would be well-designed, well-made and built-to-last.
We believe that the world does not need more furniture. It needs better furniture.
By “sustainable furniture”, we mean furniture that is well-designed in Paris, 100% well-made in Europe and built to last a lifetime.
In order to provide real long-term solutions, we take a holistic approach to sustainability by rethinking the way we design, make and buy furniture
What is the issue with the furniture industry?
In the past few decades, the “fast-furniture” trend has become overwhelmingly mainstream: furniture has become very cheap but also disposable, made of low-quality materials and characterized by a very short lifespan.
As a result: over the 20 million tons of furniture being disposed each year in Europe and in the US, only a small proportion is either recycled or re-used.
Most of these items usually end up in the landfill or are incinerated without being repaired or recycled because these essential steps had not been accounted for as part of their design.
We founded TIPTOE to offer a long-term viable alternative to this issue while addressing the challenges of modern life.
Our solution? A comprehensive approach to sustainability
A holistic approach to design
Our approach consists in thinking sustainability as a whole and to account for it at each and every step of our products lifecycle.
With this in mind, we have laid out 5 principles for sustainable design:
Make things simple
Make more with less
Use the right materials
Build to last
Design for disassembly
These 5 principles help us tackle the design of every product with a very strong and coherent direction when it comes to sustainability.
Choosing the right materials
The choice of materials is an essential step in our mission to make sustainable furniture. Choosing the right materials from the very beginning allows us to limit the environmental footprint of our activity while ensuring the longevity and recyclability of our products.
We always use very robust materials that are either already recycled or easy to recycle. When it comes to wood, we make sure it comes from sustainably managed European forests that are PEFC or FSC labeled. Our packaging is made of at least 80% recycled paper.
In the meantime, we make significant R&D efforts to develop and increase the use of upcycled or recycled materials.
Since the founding of TIPTOE in 2015, we have decided to manufacture all our products with highly-skilled European partners.
As of today, we work with about 20 partners located across Europe based on their specialization : metalwork (France, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania), woodwork (France, Belgium, Croatia, Bulgaria) and recycled plastic (Belgium, France, UK, Holland).
Our family factory founded by Matthieu Bourgeaux’s (TIPTOE founder) grandfather and based in France near Chamonix has been one of our main manufacturing partners since the very beginning.
Accounting for logistics early in our design process
When it comes to reducing the environmental footprint of one company’s activity, mastering logistics is a very crucial step of the value chain. All our products are therefore designed to ship in flatpacks and in the least number of packages. This self-imposed design constraint directly leads to reduced CO2 emissions during storage and shipping.
Moreover, our product assembly and packing processes are carried out in partnership with centers providing care and assistance through employment to adults with disabilities. These centers based in France are called ESATs (“Etablissements et Services d’Aide par le Travail). Their aim is to favor social and professional integration of adults with disabilities through employment by adapting tasks to each person’s disability. In an ESAT, work is adapted to the worker rather than the other way around.
Furniture built to last
Making sustainable furniture must equate to making robust furniture that will last for decades alongside its owners. Making sustainable furniture means making furniture that will remain functional and timeless year after year without ending up in landfills, in the nature or in the oceans.
The quality of our materials and the thoroughness we bring to our designs ensure that our products are particularly long-lasting. In addition to our commitment to make truly robust furniture, each TIPTOE product goes through several meticulous testing phases to guarantee their longevity.
Design for disassembly
Managing the end of a product’s lifecycle is too often neglected during the initial design phase. At TIPTOE, we design every product with disassembly, reparability and recyclability in mind.
This is why all our products are composed of very few materials and very few components that are all interchangeable. As a matter of fact, this ability to disassemble products overtime makes it much easier to repair or recycle them when the time comes.
Indeed, being able to separate the components or the materials of an item (wood from metal for instance) plays a key role in facilitating its recycling.