Sempre is a sustainable and versatile furniture concept inspired by research from Arizona State University (ASU) that identified a need for more responsible consumption and production habits in the furniture industry. The research also proposed ways to extend the life of furniture, including designing for future repurposing. Sempre is designed to offer a circular material repurposing system utilizing recycled-plastic 3D printed parts for cushioning combined with long-lasting stainless steel for the base and legs. The furniture's unique curvilinear and organic design language offers a more iconic and memorable aesthetic that people can attach memories to through each iteration, adding sentimental reasons to keep the product for generations. By using Sempre, consumers can enjoy furniture that is both stylish and sustainable, all while minimizing their environmental footprint.
Design Concept
Sempre is focused on extending the life of furniture by combining customization with long-lasting and sustainable materials. It was inspired by a research paper from Arizona State University (ASU) that identified a need for more responsible consumption and production habits in the furniture industry. This research, conducted by Sarah Ingham, was centered around the premature disposal of home furnishings, including the likes of chairs, sofas, tables, and more. It also proposing ways of potentially extending the life of a product, one of which was to design for future repurposing of the furniture piece so that it could offer a different function as time goes on and a user’s needs change.
Sempre, an Italian translation of Always, is a versatile piece of furniture that allows a consumer to repurpose its function or aesthetic by reprinting an aspect of the furniture per their changing needs and preferences during the different stages of their lives. Contextualizing this project 7-10 years in the future, design decisions were based on identified trends of: People moving more frequently from rented place to rented place, an increased access to consumer-level advanced additive manufacturing capabilities such as at-home 3D printing, as well as trends of fast-fashion/fast-furniture consumption habits. These insights were discovered from interviews with experts in the home furnishing industry who have experience in identifying future trends relating to human lifestyle and home life, including Brian David Johnson (a futurist from the School for the Future Innovation of Society at ASU), Sophie Donelson, Greg Lindsay, and Jamie Carrott. 
Sempre offers a consumer a more sustainable way to satisfy their fast-furniture habits by using a combination of a circular material repurposing system utilizing recycled-plastic 3D printed parts for the upper support and cushioning, with long-lasting materials such as stainless steel for the base and legs. This recycling system would allow users to break down their existing parts into filament and reprint them into different designs that they would choose from a database of options. What starts as a chair might transition to a side table or even a baby booster seat – the options are endless. While it scratches the itch of fast-fashion/fast-furniture needs by offering this customizability, it also has an aspect of permanence that people will be able to attach memories to by having an iconic design for the base and legs that uses materials that will last for generations.  
Lastly, the furniture is easily broken down into portable and lightweight parts, making it easy for a user to move it with them throughout their lives. Inspired by the iconic design of Phillipe Starck, Sempre fights the convention of today’s bland minimalism by offering a more curvilinear, organic design language that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Designers
Brady Reichardt, bjreicha@asu.edu
Linjia Liu, lliu189@asu.edu
Kellen Toomey, ktoomey1@asu.edu
Research
Furniture longevity: how mass-produced heirloom furniture supports sustainable consumption.
https://hdl.handle.net/2286/R.I.9022
Sarah Ingham, Faculty at The Design School, Arizona State University
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