We are aiming not just to be different, but brave to make a difference with our commitments in building a sustainable future. Our pride is represented by proactive and integrated ESG policies in both decision-making processes and in daily practices. Our brand purpose is packed into the letters of the company name.
I - marks the importance of being an international figure. ISKU operates and grows internationally, honouring its roots by having the Headquarters and all the industrial operations in Lahti, Finland. For us, it is important that in all the market areas ISKU operates as a unified brand, with respect to any specific features of the local culture.
S - tells our continued commitment for sustainability. Sustainability is etched into our company’s DNA. For us at ISKU, sustainability has always meant taking concrete actions that can help us build a better future for new generations. We offer comprehensive solutions and services that consider the ecological impact of the entire product life cycle.
K - stands for knowledge and know-how. ISKU’s history and know-how dates to 1928. We combine modern digitised technologies with traditional craftmanship in a knowledgeable way. Today, we aim to be a forerunner in knowledge-driven and technology-based innovations.
U - evinces uniqueness. ISKU provides the customers with unique user experience with best and fast service, top-quality, Nordic design, and material innovations.
ISKU wants to be a pioneer in the field of responsibility. We have been investing in responsibility for years which is reflected in our concrete actions as well as in our products. As a further signal of caring for life, the team has developed the world’s first antimicrobial ISKU+ furniture collections to reduce the spread of infection by providing cleaner, healthier and safer environments. Overall, ISKU+ antimicrobial technologies can reduce microbes up to 99.99%. All furniture solutions manufactured by ISKU are available as antimicrobial.
For us, being a Finnish company is both a resource and a source of pride. For us, the colors, shapes, and forms found in Finnish nature are a continuous source of inspiration.
In our design, we focus on high quality, safety, pure materials, and eco-friendly manufacturing methods, always respecting the environment. Our aim is to create furniture solutions that help our customers succeed. These principles have guided us to lead the way in Finnish design since 1928.
Today, the need for furniture that ensures the safety of the people is growing in all shared spaces where infections can easily spread. ISKU+ furniture collection is the world’s first antimicrobial furniture collection for a cleaner environment. Antimicrobial materials on contact surfaces cut down the infection routes with their antimicrobial features.
“ISKU + antimicrobial furniture provides means to combine world-class design with safety through material choices.”
Antti Olin, ISKU's Design Director.
Nook is a space-in-space solution for working, learning and playing – for offices, schools and homes. The story of Nook began as innovative minds with a shared agenda joined together to create something unique. The aim was to contribute in reducing the threat that plastic waste poses to our environment and enhance joyful learning. The creative process resulted in an innovative way to combine pedagogical multifunctionality and design with circular economy principles. The sound-absorbing, lightweight elements of Nook consist mainly of recycled (PET) plastic bottles and the product itself is 100% recyclable.
Surplus material generated by the waste and cut-off pieces of foam plastic products is used as the raw material of Kivikko seats. Again, the waste generated in the manufacture of Kivikko is returned to the manufacturing process as raw material. Kivikko is a piece of pedagogical furniture based on emphasizing the best practices of the Finnish Schools. It is a multifunctional product ideal for creating versatile spaces for work, learning, and relaxation for users of all ages.
MyFlow collection adds good energetic flow and luxury into any space
The shapes and forms of ISKU’s novel MyFlow furniture family drive inspiration from the round shapes of the Finnish archipelago and create a holistic furniture family. The name, MyFlow, describes the energy and joy brought to the working environments and all spaces where people gather.
"Our experiences are ultimately the things that guide us in everything we do. MyFlow is designed to create harmony and a good energetic flow into any space. The elements of form and design create a feeling of unity, leaving also space for the human flow."
Designer Vertti Kivi
The concept of work has a new meaning. The office is not only a physical space for work, but a platform for creativity, wellbeing, and productivity. MyFlow with its well-thought elements is designed to solve the interior design challenges of modern multi-space offices and other public spaces. In an inspiring and stimulating work environment, employees thrive. MyFlow products are a source of inspiration creating positive flow around them.
Holistic positive experiences are built with multiple aspects of life. Collaboration is conducive to joint innovation and finding the best possible solutions. Our local partners, Dacca and BrandsFurniture, help our customers integrate the right furniture for each purpose and environment. They have a vast understanding of the market and the needs and desires of people and businesses within the area. Their expertise enables providing more holistic approaches for the benefit of the customers.
We believe in long-term sustainability which means making value-driven choices and taking considered actions. With this consistent approach, ISKU is establishing a lasting legacy and providing future generations with a cleaner, safer environments to study, work and thrive.
ISKU is a pioneer in bringing sustainability and a love of nature to the forefront of furniture design. In June 2022, ISKU joined the UN Global Compact – the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative that provides a framework for developing the corporate responsibility work even further.
Manufacturing sustainable furniture encompasses looking at the entire cycle. One major aspect is reducing the environmental impact with regards to materials, energy, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, as well as the product lifespan and disposal. Another important viewpoint is embedding aspects of social responsibility into the operations; how and where the materials are sourced and processed, and by whom and under what conditions the products are manufactured. Safety of the materials and products and the usability of solutions also have a major effect when creating sustainable designs.
We warmly welcome integrating sustainability and circular economy thinking even wider into the furniture industry. Highlighting topical themes such as reduce-reuse-recycle supports creating solutions against the culture of disposability.
“ISKU builds its vision and operations for future generations. We do not compromise on sustainability for the sake of short-term profits”.
CEO of ISKU, Arto Tiitinen
We invest in circular economy thinking and go through the product life cycle from the designer’s desk to a finished piece of furniture. This comes to life for example through ISKU’s certified quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) systems and by employing the PEFC-certified tracking system for wood origin to support sustainable forestry. We emphasize the origin of materials, energy consumption, the use of chemicals, and the volume of waste generated during the manufacturing process.
The ISKU factory in Lahti, Finland is a benchmark for responsible manufacturing operations. Our way is the responsible way; the company’s high-quality requirements, circular economy mindset, usage of only pure and safe materials, the long lifespan and high level of recyclability of our products along with our heavy investments in renewable energy are investments in a more sustainable future.