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Furniture Longevity: How Mass-Produced Heirloom Furniture Supports Sustainable Consumption

Abstract In recent years, the length of time people use and keep belongings has decreased. With the acceptance of short-lived furniture and inexpensive replacements, the American mentality has shifted to thinking that discarding furniture is normal, often in the guise of recycling. Americans are addicted to landfills. The high cost of landfill real estate and other considerable ecological impacts created by the manufacturing of furniture should persuade people to give their belongings a longer life, but in reality, furniture is often prematurely discarded. This grounded theory study takes a multi-method approach to analyze why some types of furniture are kept longer and to theorize about new ways to design and sell furniture that lasts well past its... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Ingham, Sarah Elizabeth (Author) / White, Philip (Advisor) / Wolf, Peter (Committee member) / Underhill, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Design / furniture / heirloom design / life cycle assessment / longevity / second-hand / sustainable consumption
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 150 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.S.D. Design 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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