TF URBAN commits and assesses the impact of its products

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TF URBAN commits and assesses the impact of its products

Urban furniture
/ 5 January 2024

TF URBAN, Atelier Emmaüs, and the studio Aurel Design Urbain have adopted a regenerative approach to contribute to creating a more sustainable, balanced, and environmentally friendly economic system.

These two new upcycled and sustainable collections, entirely produced in France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, elegantly blend recycled steel with high-quality upcycled wood, providing a virtuous solution for outdoor space design

Social and environmental impact

The production of the Re-bau and Re-néo collections incorporates reclaimed materials, revealing their initial brilliance by giving them a second life. From the specifications stage, the decision to use reclaimed materials was made: oak parquet flooring from sports facilities was chosen and diverted from being discarded. This initiative aims to create aesthetically appealing pieces while breathing new life into noble materials that were destined for disposal.

The Re-bau and Re-néo collections symbolize a commitment to a society that promotes inclusion and respects the environment, adopting more virtuous and sustainable manufacturing methods, while also having a positive impact on society. This project provides employment opportunities for individuals in vulnerable situations

fauteuil Re-bau mobilier urbain upcyclé. A Roanne
banquette Re-néo mobilier urbain upcyclé.

Eco Impact rating

Eco Impact, an independent organization, has analyzed each life stage of the Re-bau armchair and the Re-néo bench through 71 criteria. Both products have been awarded a B+ rating.

This score certifies a controlled environmental impact and a positive social impact of the products, highlighting several virtuous criteria:

  • Raw materials :

Use of recycled and upcycled materials

  • Transport :

Consideration for optimizing trucks for distribution transport

  • Durable & recyclable :

Availability of spare parts, repairable and fully separable product. Benefits from a high recyclability rate.

  • Working conditions :

100% French manufacturing and assembly chain. Committed social approach, ISO 9001 and 14001 certifiaction

Developed independently, the Eco Impact rating relies on the principles of a recognized scientific tool: Life Cycle Assessment.

The objective? To assess the impact of the furniture, from the extraction of raw materials to its end of life, including manufacturing and transportation. Eco Impact also considers additional qualitative sectoral criteria, such as social conditions (accounting for 20% of the score), sustainability, and repairability.

The Eco Impact evaluation method is based on the EMPREINTE® database developed by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency).

20 furnitures equal a social contribution
upcycled urban furniture equals waste avoided

Teaming up

Design & Creation

studio Aurel design urbain

The Studio Aurel Design Urbain has conceived two collections with a minimalist design, aiming to unveil the beauty of reclaimed materials. The design creation provides a framework for the exceptionally high-quality upcycled wood, utilizing steel as a structure to embrace the oak and restore its precious appearance.


Atelier Emmaüs

After identifying and sorting reclaimed materials, the artisan-learners at Atelier Emmaüs transform the wood diverted from disposal in the woodworking workshop. The social and solidarity project highlights and values the men and women who contribute to the manufacturing process.

Industrialising and transforming steel


The TF Lab finalizes the design of the seating created by Studio Aurel Design Urbain and ensures its technical feasibility. The team produces the plans and develops the prototypes. In the workshop of this expert in the sublimation of metal, the steel sheet is transformed into a sturdy and graceful structure that accommodates the cushions and backrests made from upcycled wood.


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