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Eco-friendly furniture chosen by leading aid charity for new London HQ

2010-08-12

August 12, 2010, Press Dispensary. CAFOD, a leading development charity helping the poor in more than 40 countries worldwide, has selected eco-friendly furniture for their new London headquarters from Pli Design Ltd, a British sustainable furniture manufacturer. CAFOD (the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) moved in May 2010 from its long-standing HQ in Stockwell to a prestigious new building on Westminster Bridge Road in central London. The ‘Excellent’ BREEAM-rated new headquarters was designed by Black Architecture, a sustainable urban architects practice based close by in Waterloo.

CAFOD’s facilities manager Quentin Padgett said:
“Our staff and volunteers love the tables and chairs supplied by Pli. They fit well in our naturally ventilated and low energy office building. The use of recycled and recyclable material fits well with our aim to reduce our impact on the environment. The building has been designed to reduce running costs and to have a robust quality, and the furniture supplied by Pli reflects this.”

Pli supplied 18 bamboo restaurant tables and 72 recycled plastic chairs from its range for the top-floor staff restaurant. The restaurant boasts a panoramic view of the London skyline taking in the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul’s and the Gherkin. The space is used for meetings and social gatherings as well as meals so it was important that the furniture could stand constant use and a changing layout.

The ‘Reee’ chairs, made in the UK from recycled electronics equipment (100% recycled PlayStation games console casings) stack ten chairs high so they can be stored or moved efficiently. The Whitechapel tables seat four diners and are made from laminated strips of solid bamboo which means they are both extremely robust and naturally sustainable. Their bamboo-and-steel frames are designed for quick disassembly and refurbishing when required.

Pli’s director, Christopher Pett commented:
“We were thrilled to supply our furniture to CAFOD: not only is their cause good but their new building is really impressive, both environmentally and aesthetically. We have noticed that so-called “third sector” organisations are leading the way in procurement for new sustainable architectural projects and we have supplied our furniture to charities like the RSPB and the Eden Project as well as to CAFOD. This means sustainable contract furniture can find a home in any project, since the third sector has much tighter budgets than profit-making organisations but they know how to procure designs that reflect their own principles.”

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Notes for editors
Pli’s furniture is available through distributors and retailers throughout the UK. All Pli’s furniture is made in the UK to exacting quality standards and sustainable design principles. For more information contact Christopher Pett or Alex Whitney on 020 8670 6857 or

Black Architecture won the Grand Designs Award 2010 for their Deckhouse project and achieved the coveted ‘Excellent BREEAM rating for the CAFOD building. They can be contacted on 020 7021 0068 or

For further information, please contact:
Christopher Pett, Director
Pli Design Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 8670 6857 / +44 (0)7720 051 773
Email:
Site: www.plidesign.co.uk

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Christopher Pett, Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 8670 6857 / +44 (0)7720 051 773
Email:
Site: www.plidesign.co.uk

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