Animals in Art and Office Furniture

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Maybe your best friend is a fish or a bird? Or maybe you’re like me, and you love to see wildlife roaming free in a natural habitat or lovingly and responsibly cared for in an agricultural setting, but that’s as close as you want to get, ha!

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Local illustrator and pet portrait artist Michelle Miller will be one of our featured artists at Lancaster First Friday and ArtWalk on October 4-6, 2019.

Let’s face it – the unethical sourcing of raw materials and detrimental manufacturing practices has created a global crisis for our environment and our animal friends. That’s the exciting thing about working in the contract furniture industry. Many manufacturers are demonstrating a commitment to providing innovative, high-quality, ergonomically-friendly, and competitively-priced workplace furniture solutions that are created with an eye toward stewarding the environment and protecting wildlife.

scratchboard tiger art
Scratchboard and oil wildlife artist Amy Stauffer is another of our featured artists for October First Friday and ArtWalk.

That’s why we chose to highlight local artists who feature animals as the primary subjects of their work for our October 4-6 Lancaster First Friday and ArtWalk weekend “Animals in Art” event. That’s also why we are partnering with Humanscale – a manufacturer of office furniture with an emphasis on sustainability and ergonomics – to give ArtWalk and First Friday guests the chance to learn more about how manufacturing can have a net positive impact on people and the planet, while still providing affordable, attractive, and comfortable products.

turtle caught in fishing net in ocean
“Ghost fishing” happens when plastic nets are discarded in the ocean, posing a serious threat to marine life.

For example, Humanscale recently released the first chair made with recycled fishing nets, which is the most harmful type of ocean plastic because the nets can “ghost fish,” posing a long-term threat to marine life that may get caught in the nets. The Smart Ocean task chair is made from plastic pellets cut from fishing nets collected and recycled in coastal communities in Chile. In addition to incorporating recycled plastic into the make-up of the chair, the Smart Ocean chair is Living Product-Certified, which means it meets the most rigorous sustainable manufacturing criteria.

smart ocean chair by humanscale
Smart Ocean Chair by Humanscale

Humanscale has also partnered with other manufacturers from across industry lines to launch the NextWave Initiative, which is working to create a distribution web that supports reusing plastic before it ever makes it to the ocean, in the first place. Additional efforts to protect wildlife include Humanscale’s ongoing support of the World Wildlife Fund.

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Our Lancaster First Friday and ArtWalk event will take place in our showroom from October 4-6. More details are available online.

We’ll have a Smart Ocean chair and other Humanscale products available to try at Lancaster First Friday and ArtWalk. We will also be featuring work by the following extraordinary local artists:

kitty town coffee
Local coffee roaster Kitty Town Coffee will be providing us with caffeine and fun at our October First Friday and ArtWalk event!

We hope you can make it to our showroom for this fun, family-friendly event. Learn more about the event, including the schedule, ON OUR WEBSITE.

Here’s to making a positive impact on the environment and our animal friends with our furniture and art purchases!

– Audrey from Benjamin Roberts