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Nook brings circular economy mindset to life

ISKU Nook is a space-in-space solution for working, learning and playing – for offices, schools and homes. In 2020, it was awarded as the Best Sustainable / Eco-friendly product in the GESS Education Awards, often referred as the "Oscars of the Education sector".

The story of Nook began as innovative minds with a shared agenda, joined together to create something unique. The aim was to contribute in reducing the threat that plastic waste poses to our environment and to enhance sustainable, joyful learning. The creative process resulted in an innovative way to combine pedagogical multifunctionality and design with circular economy principles.

Nook combines pedagogical multifunctionality with sustainability

Lifecycle of Nook begins as plastic bottles are recycled and further processed as the lightweight material of Nook. The sound-absorbing, lightweight elements consist mainly of recycled (PET) plastic bottles and the product itself is 100% recyclable.

In addition to emphasizing eco-friendly material and manufacturing methods, Nook directs the student to be active participants in their own learning process. It encourages team work, creativity and logical thinking. Nook also contributes to a safer environment as it enables physical distancing by creating a safe space-in-space solution for any space.

Nook represents our concrete actions to bring circular thinking to life. It is also a good example of how furniture design can contribute to creating inspiring and safe environments for the future. With a growing need for considerations regarding the environmental aspects, safety and changes in the ways we work, learn and live, Nook provides great opportunities to adjust to versatile situations.

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Enabling physical distancing without social isolation

As learning becomes more active and student-centred, there is a growing demand to create more tools for acoustic management. In addition to schools, Nook is a functional choice for office and public lounges, where considerations redarding physical distancing, without however leading to social isolation, are becoming ever more essential.

Nook brings inspiring elements to environments while enhansing the joy of learning. With the playful Nook you can build lightweight partitions, a learning den, tunnels or even a spaceship. With the purpose-designed table and any chair, Nook forms a perfect spot when you need a sheltered and peaceful place for concentration.

Nook - The best sustainable / eco-friendly product in the GESS Awards 2020.

"The Best Sustainable / Eco-friendly product 2020" within the learning sector

Nook and our work towards environmental, pedagogical and social sustainability has also received prestigious international recognition. In 2020 Nook was selected as the Best Sustainable / Eco-friendly product in the GESS Education Awards, often described as the 'Oscars' for the education industry. The GESS Education Awards recognise and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services, establishments and people.

The Elle Decor Magazine also recently brought up Nook as an example of furniture solution, that can prove very useful in post-pandemic schools. In addition to providing means for physical distancing and privacy, Nook enhances the acoustics and allows children to concentrate without isolating themselves from the group. Read the article here.

Also Designboom intruduced Nook recently as a versatile tool for modern learning environments to support pedagogical and ecological sustainability. Read more here