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Learn By Koskela
Designed to engage
Learn by Koskela is a furniture solution for contemporary learning spaces in primary and secondary schools.
The range took over three years to develop and utilises Koskela’s 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing award-winning furniture in Australia for workplace and tertiary environments.
Envisioned as a kit-of-parts, the adaptable furniture products help teachers facilitate various types of learning in the classroom.
Multi-functional furniture pieces that save on space
We recognised that existing classroom footprints are often quite restrictive and cannot accommodate some of the purpose-designed furniture for modern teaching styles.
Our solution was to create a kit-of-parts system with multi-functional furniture pieces that save on space. The range of desks, seating, screens and storage products are manoeuvrable and stackable to offer maximum flexibility.
By taking a kit-of-parts approach we can apply strict criteria to ensure our products are non-toxic, hardwearing and environmentally friendly. The benefit to you is this keeps costs down, is easier to repair, and looks cohesive.
Materials And Finishes
We have adopted biophilic design principles for the Learn range
Many materials and finishes in classrooms today are bright, over-stimulating and devoid of natural materials. We have adopted many biophilic design principles for the Learn range: using natural finishes or finishes that mimic natural products, no straight lines or right angles, non-toxic materials and colours that reflect nature.
Studies have shown that the adoption of these design principles has a positive impact on wellbeing and engagement in learning environments.
The fabrics are all Australian made, certified Carbon Neutral, and Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified. They come with a heavy-duty stain resistant treatment for protection against soiling.
Learn by Koskela furniture can easily be configured by both students and teachers to support whole class activities, group work and individual work.
Part of our post-sales support is to provide reference guides to demonstrate some of the possible layouts that can be achieved by using the Learn pieces in different ways.
We believe that by giving students more agency over their learning, they become more engaged, leading to better education outcomes.
We want our furniture to be here for the long haul, not end up in landfill
Learn by Koskela takes sustainability seriously. The range is undergoing Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certification, which will certify that it is environmentally innovative and does not use any chemicals in its production that are known to be harmful to humans.
We also want our furniture to be here for the long haul, not end up in landfill. As such, we have ensured that all our products are highly serviceable. As part of our seven-year warranty we offer annual maintenance visits to check the condition of your Learn furniture and make suggestions for repairs and refurbishments. Beyond the warranty period, simply contact us and we will investigate repairs for a reasonable cost.
Eight-week lead time
Learn by Koskela is a proudly Australian business and by supporting us, not only do you support our team of 30, but you are also supporting a whole network of Australian suppliers and makers. Specifying our products helps safeguard jobs in the industrial design and manufacturing industries!
Yes, it’s more expensive to manufacture locally, but we believe the benefits of Australian-made have far greater value. Working closely with our makers means we can stand by the quality of our products with a seven-year warranty. We also know the workers are treated fairly, which helps us sleep at night. Finally, we can make and deliver your products in just eight weeks, much faster than your average, and with less kilometres to travel to get to you.
We strive to make the world a better place
Koskela is a proud Certified B Corporation® committed to using business as a force for good™.
Our focus is on designing and manufacturing quality furniture that improves the lives of our customers. We are conscious of our environmental impact and have pledged to be Net Zero by 2030.
The success of our products funds our passion for social impact. Koskela commits 1 percent of revenue (roughly 10 percent of profits) into product collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers.
Learn by Koskela has its own impact program. We donate 1 percent of revenue (roughly 10 percent of profits) towards Ginda Barri, a program that supports students mums at the Macleay Valley Workplace Learning Centre (MVWLC) in Kempsey. You can find out more about our commitment here.
Indigenous Language Names
Koskela has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that aims to recognise, respect and highlight the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
This has been put into practice for Learn by naming all the products and specially developed colours with Indigenous Australian language words.
More than 250 Indigenous Australian languages including 800 dialectal varieties were spoken on the continent at the time of European settlement in 1788. Today, 90 percent of Indigenous languages are considered endangered.
With our naming we hope to play a small part in supporting cultural resurgence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and shaping our national identity.