When quality and CSR are accompanied by Delogue
A structured product development management is crucial for a company like Kvadrat. They create big amounts of different products while ensuring premium quality and their 10-year service guarantee. In this article, we learn more about our collaboration with Kvadrat and how quality and CSR are accompanied by Delogue.
Kvadrat was founded in 1968 by Poul Byriel and Erling Rasmussen and is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of design textiles. Creating contemporary textiles and textile-related products for private and public spaces, their design shows a dedication pushing the aesthetic, technological and artistic boundaries. Kvadrat is heavily rooted in the Scandinavian design DNA and is characterized by simplicity, color and innovation. With an ambition to innovate and a long history of influencing contemporary culture, Kvadrat frequently collaborates with some of the world’s creative artists and designers in projects that push the boundaries of textile manufacturing, resulting in extraordinary art and design pieces.
Kvadrat products include curtain textiles, upholstery fabrics, acoustic panels, rugs, accessories and various textile-related products. Their products play an important role in many of the world’s highly acclaimed architectural developments and institutions and are built to last. Creating a big amount of different products while ensuring premium quality and their 10-year service guarantee, makes it crucial for a company like Kvadrat to have a structured product development management: “For Kvadrat, product development means that we are constantly coordinating with our external designers and suppliers. Optimizing this communication is one of our biggest focus points, and using Delogue, we expect the platform to help with the flow of communication with our suppliers, and in general, add a better overview and simplicity to our daily work and projects.” – Project Manager at Kvadrat, Anne Kargaard explains.
Minimizing the environmental impact
Since the founding of Kvadrat, there has been a strong focus on minimizing the environmental impact, and the company maintains a responsible approach from design to delivery. Suppliers are required to report their environmental performance to Kvadrat on a quarterly basis. Furthermore, the suppliers are regularly invited to various seminars exploring and discussing new ways to reduce the environmental impact.
The future ambitions of Kvadrat are not short of ideas on how to improve their environmental footprint: “Every time we add something new, whether it’s in regards to design or environmental value, we always aim to inspire our clients. High quality, environment, and technology play a vital role in our product development, and we put great emphasis on taking the highest considerations into our entire value chain. Using eco-friendly coloring, minimizing any additional wasteful finishing on the fabrics, and recycling wool and polyester without compromising on design and price, are all something that we will probably see more of in the future.” – Anne elaborates.
A number of Kvadrat textiles have been awarded the EU Ecolabel, and they are currently working on getting, even more, products certified. Furthermore, a large number of the textiles carry the GREENGUARD® certification and all Trevira CS textiles are made from yarn that is certified by Oeko-tex 100.
Through Delogue we see an advantage in quickly being able to overlook the course of action, and see what have been agreed on along the way. – Anne Kargaard, Project Manager at Kvadrat.
Reaching a common language
Being a big company with multiple products like Kvadrat, it’s important to establish a long-term relationship with the suppliers. Building this relationship, Anne Kargaard has a very simple rule: Dialogue. She explains: “It’s important with an ongoing dialogue, especially when our design process from idea to launch can go on from everything between one to three years, depending on the extent of the product. It is vital to work within a good frame.” Choosing the correct tool to practice this “common language” can be a challenge – most people are used to their way of working, and changing that way may seem more time consuming than just sticking to what you know.
However, Anne Kargaard is positive regarding the change in their communication process and she explains that a united understanding is vital for moving forward for Kvadrat: “ It’s important for us to have a good and close collaboration with our suppliers and external designers. A collaboration based on trust and a mutual understanding of the product we are developing together. In regards to our suppliers, we are very aware of creating a “common language” ensuring that we have a defined direction and goal with the product in the beginning of the cooperation.”
At Delogue, we believe that times changes and that nobody wants to bother with huge amounts of Excel sheets and information getting lost in inboxes. Changing the way you work, into a simpler and more effective way, will become a long termed benefit for all parts.
Change takes time
Delogue greatly appreciates the insight that we get from our customers when they use the platform as a part of their daily work. We know that change is difficult, but when experiencing the impact of those changes within our clients, we think it makes it all worth it.
We, at Delogue, already look forward to following Kvadrat on their journey towards even more eco-friendly and high-quality products – hand in hand with an efficient product development. And as Anne Kargaard concludes: “We’ve recently started connecting our suppliers to the Delogue platform, and naturally it’s a process in itself, learning how to communicate in a new system and getting to know how we together can work in a simpler way in a united system. It takes some effort from both sides, but we are already well on our way.”