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25.06.21

We’re delighted to launch our new outdoor product, ‘Meta’ – the word means ‘meeting’ in the Cornish language.

Designed by MARK’s in-house design team Hart Miller, the circular form is ideal for gathering together outdoors at work and play. Meta is circular in shape and circular in production as MARK’s John Miller explains:

“We have committed to only launching products that work in a circular economy – aiming for zero waste and making the most of planets resources indefinitely. Meta does this by being 100% disassemblable into separate materials and only uses recycled or renewable materials.”

John Miller – MARK Product

For example, the tops are either made from certified sustainable timber or from recycled plastics – specifically one option uses locally produced recycled plastic that is re-directing the waste from wrapping hay bales on local farms; the other option is a Smile Plastics product. Despite the strong sustainability story, true to MARK’s ethos the design process always starts with the experience of the users.

“Right now we are all yearning to gather, to come together again. The circular shape and the way the form encloses a group works really well for a meeting of 2, 3 or 4 in a work context”, adds MARK’s Anna Hart, “in hospitality it’s a nice fit for 6. It sounds a simple thing, but we spend a lot of time in the design process trying our different configurations and sizes until it feels ‘just right”

Anna Hart – MARK Product

There is also some nice practical thinking behind the design. It is deliberately heavy so can’t be blown about and to deter thieves. And yet it is compact enough to be delivered through a normal door and up a lift if necessary to a roof gardens or balcony.

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