Play + Learn + Collaborate
At Natural Pod we make long-lasting, sustainable furniture designed to foster creativity and innovation in learning environments for all ages. Natural Pod collections are where beautiful, contemporary design meets sustainability. We design and make heirloom quality products that honor environmental responsibility and stewardship.
More than a furniture company, our goal is to work collaboratively with your team to ensure that we can make the most of your resources, budget and space to come up with flexible learning environments that will inspire collaboration, curiosity and excitement for learning.
Each element of furniture brought into a learning environment is part of a theory of change that education based in sustainable values with great design, made with durable products, is the kind of transformation that our world needs now more than ever.
From Concept to Creation
Since our inception, we have worked with thousands of different learning organizations and we know that great learning environments take smart planning. Whether you’re working on improving your current space or looking for a fresh start, our team at Natural Pod are experts in planning for all visions and all budgets. Get an early start, no matter where you are in the process!
We’d like to offer you a free opportunity to work with our design team. There is no obligation to make a purchase. All we need are a few basic pieces of information to get started on your designs. We’ll create a personalized concept for you to help you envision what’s possible.
From the beginning, we have had a deep commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. We truly care about our materials, where they come from, who crafted them, and what else they can be.
Our wood products are made with FSC® C012337-certified materials and are ethically manufactured on Vancouver Island in Canada. We provide a product that is not only long lasting, but also recyclable and 100% compostable at the end of its life-cycle.
Wood is one of the most natural and beneficial materials of our time. It has a warmth and a connection to nature that no other material provides. Its durability and design will stand the test of time.
What makes a better learning environment?
Creating an outstanding learning space where educators enjoy working and kids experience great learning outcomes has never been more important. Learning is changing and educators are exploring new ways of bringing 21st century experiences into their classrooms. One way they’re doing that is planning for furniture in new spaces or enhancing existing spaces with new furniture that better meets the needs of engaging and collaborative learning approaches.
Of course price is an important consideration, as no learning environment has an unlimited budget. Yes, there are some inexpensive options out there, but when you compare quality, flexibility, customer service and overall value for money, price alone shouldn’t be the only driver for your decision. How often have you purchased something that was cheap, only to wish you had paid just a little bit more for what you wanted and what would have served your needs in the short and long-term?
Most people exploring online and talking with Account Managers want to know pricing. We all do. It’s an important first step in the process of trying to establish what might be possible for our budgets. What is just as important is working with a vendor that has a shared vision to help you make informed choices you’ll feel good about for years to come. Working with a vendor that has dedicated design experts who will help you with your needs while also staying aligned with your budget. That is a process which will help you get great value no matter the budget and will ensure you get the best, most competitive pricing as part of your design process.
EASY ASSEMBLY AND INNOVATIVE DESIGNS
Make choosing furniture designs fun! Work with a vendor who are experts at making great furniture. Simple right? When looking for a vendor who has great designs, ask yourself where that design comes from? The best designs are driven from insights in the classroom. Teachers and kids are the real experts. Work with a vendor who uses feedback from their educator community and is constantly working to improve assembly processes, smart designs and good shipping systems. Working with an innovative design vendor vs. just a catalog company means you can pick exactly the items you want, design them to fit your space, and even change or add features later.
Make sure you work with a company that cares about their products and designs and builds them for the long-term. It will make all the difference for your budget now and in the future. Not all warranties are built the same, many manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties, that are just that, limited. Warranties are only as good as the companies behind them. Work with a vendor that offers a solid warranty who will stand behind their products and are known for great quality. The best part about buying quality is, there is a good chance you won’t even need to use it. If anything goes wrong with the structure of your furniture you want to work with a company that will take care of you without hassles.
SAFE AND LOW MAINTENANCE
The most important consideration for any educator when purchasing furniture is feeling 100% comfortable. That comfort includes ensuring the furniture in your space is easy to care for and well made so it isn’t introducing toxins or other harmful pollutants into your environment. Your students will be better off for it and teachers will have healthier work environments. Work with a vendor that sells 100% chemical free and sustainably made furniture that is built to last. You’ll especially want to look out for furniture that lasts longer than 10 years before needing any kind of maintenance. Furniture that is cheap to buy often last only a few years and worse, might be toxic, require expensive maintenance or even replacement, further taxing your future furniture buying budgets.
SUPERB CUSTOMER SERVICE
Work with a vendor who provides excellent customer service. Period. Whether you’re trying to get a new space done fast, or you’re planning for the long-term, working with a company that understands your needs and helps you time and time again to get it just right is going to make all the difference to the outcome you’re looking to achieve. When you’re choosing to work with a vendor for the first time, use the design process as a way of finding out what their customer service is like. Are they responsive? Are they creative? Do they bring new ideas and insights to the discussion that help improve the process and manage costs? You want to make sure you’re having collaborative conversations with a team of experts who can help you make your new furniture easy, fast and on budget. You want a partner you can work with on your concept through the collaboration process, during the setup and long after the products are delivered and installed.
WORK WITH US TO MAKE IT EASY
So there you go, that isn’t so hard. You want great learning environment furniture that is competitively priced, you want that furniture to be safe, sustainably made, healthy and low-maintenance. You want it to be easy to assemble and well designed, you want great customer service from the beginning of the process to the end, every time and you want it all backed by a great warranty you’re not likely to ever need. Work with a vendor who does all that you’ll be proud of what you created and you’ll be pleased you got the best possible results for your budget.
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