PLY&co. is a Portuguese brand of [ecological] furniture created by architect Paulo Costa. Established in Porto, Portugal, since 2011 this is a 100% national production and environmentally sustainable concept, displaying a collection that features an elegant image of organic minimalism… and a story to tell. PLY&co. only uses woods and derivatives from sustainably managed forests, with FSC certification, namely birch plywood, Valchromat and cork.
Their concept minimizes the waste of the raw materials and the finishing is entirely made by hand, with ecologic products, by traditional craftsmen. The pieces are designed to be assembled without glues, screws or nails, thereby promoting its reuse and later recycling. As well, the simple design and fitting assemblage reveals an educational and joyful experience for children and grown-ups.
Their best known SITABIT is a stool made with three pieces that fit together at a shake of a lamb’s tail: no glue, nails or screws, nor any tools for setting it up! Therein lays its educational and playful power. This flat-packed, easy-to-assemble stool is not only an eye catcher, but also playful in spirit and environmentally friendly. Pretty much like the lamb’s wool the cork is the extraction of the bark of this peculiar Mediterranean tree Sobreiro.
The bark is peeled by specialized labourers every 9 years, without harming the tree, which actually becomes stronger and healthier after each crop. The Portuguese Montado has the biggest number of cork oaks in the world, whereas strong legislation monitors the keeping of this legacy. Cork has great thermal, acoustic and water repellent characteristics besides its cozy touch and looks.