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Interior Design’s ‘Best of Year‘ is the design industry’s premiere design awards program, honoring the most significant work of the year as well as recognizing designers, architects and manufacturers from around the globe.

You can help the Natural Pod team win Best of Year by voting! We have a truly innovative entry in the Educational Furniture category this year: the Natural Pod™ Unbuilders table. It’s part of the Better Together Partnership Collection, designed to create warm and welcoming learning environments. This 4×4 table is made from reclaimed and repurposed lumber recovered from old buildings; telling a real-life sustainability story within your learning space.

Voting is now open and we’d love your vote to amplify the great work we’re doing to create safe, healthy and sustainable education environments with our beautiful, durable learning furniture!

You can vote once a day, every day, from now until October 14th – So please join our community in transforming learning environments, and make your vote count!

This 4×4 Unbuilders table was designed by Natural Pod in partnership with Unbuilders and Heritage Lumber, each based in British Columbia, Canada, giving salvaged lumber a new life. The table supports students within their learning experiences, providing them with an opportunity to learn of the rich history of where their table came from, who made it and what else it can be.

The demolition industry generates millions of tonnes of waste annually in Canada, 37% of which is valuable lumber. The industry shift, of which Unbuilders is a leader, to deconstruction in this way, has massively positive environmental and social impacts. Currently, 4 million tonnes of waste are diverted annually by unbuilding buildings.

Our companies’ aligned values around environmental stewardship led to a partnership intentionally challenging the status quo of fast furniture and staying dedicated to conscious creation and purchasing. We believe that our commitment to great design and investing in sustainable practices is fundamental to our support of children, community, and the planet.

The Unbuilders 4×4 ft table is crafted with quality reclaimed lumber from deconstructed homes and commercial buildings throughout British Columbia. The table’s durable construction is a solid wood surface that allows it to be refinished whenever needed, with its durability lending itself to a range of activities throughout any age learning environments. A wax-based finish allows the one-of-a-kind wood grain to be the showcase of the table, accented with metal hairpin legs. The solid wood construction allows for refinishing to ensure this table will support learning for a lifetime.

This beautifully tactile table not only creates a story in the classroom but offers students and educators a connection to nature. Every piece of learning furniture or environment that children interact with has the opportunity to impact their sense of self. By creating these intention pieces, it’s possible to instill both environmental stewardship while deepening students’ connection to their own learning journey. This leads to greater creativity, innovation, joy and overall better learning outcomes. Serving students, educators and communities, both now and long into the future.

You can vote once a day, every day, from now until October 14th, 2022 – So please join our community in transforming learning environments, and make your vote count!