I come from a little village in the middle of Finland – I grew up surrounded by forests, lakes and – all things made of wood. As I worked in the advertising industry during the millennium and searched for a producer to furnish public spaces, I was fascinated by the small but unbelievably talented craftsmanship in wooden furniture. My dream was to turn this ancient craftsmanship and Nordic wood into design that would be reachable to all people and bring the Finnish and Estonian legacy of wood to be known all over the world.
With two friends of mine I started to tinker different wooden items, experimenting with doors, stairs, windows… Our first sellable products were wooden cutting boards and terrace deck modules. As we cut the wood, thin wooden bars were left as leftovers. We used to burn the leftovers for heating, but pretty soon we started to produce wooden chairs from those leftover bars. This is how EcoChair got invented. The name EcoChair was self-evident –leftovers were turned into something useful. EcoChair was the cornerstone of our production from the very beginning – and still is.
After years of trial and error, some setbacks, a bit of luck, EcoFurn was founded in 2009. Nowadays we have over 20 different wooden products in various wood types and colours. In addition to our own EcoFurn products, we produce our customers’ own wooden repertoires. We have grown from a tiny carpenter shop to an international enterprise, which employs 50 people in Finland and in Estonia. Our products are available in over 40 countries all over the world.
Hannu Lehtonen, co-founder