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Across the Seas, Vivid Sydney 2022

Last week, Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl, President of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce attended the special viewing of the rooftop projection Across the Seas, which is part of the Vivid Sydney 2022 program. Across the Seas is a stunning collection of images projected on the Australian National Maritime Museum's façade, reflecting stories connected with nearby Pyrmont wharf, where many Australians arrived to start a new life.

The museum also hosts Australia's National Monument to Migration, one of the flagship creations which wraps and weaves acknowledgement, commemoration, celebration and interpretation of migrant histories into an exposition of identity.

The Monument now features the names of more than 31,000 migrants from 136 countries including 47 from Norway – it is a physical representation of the diversity of this nation.

If you are interested in inscribing your name or the name of a family or community member on the National Monument to Migration, the closing date for the next unveiling in October is 30 June 2022. Register here or phone 02 9298 3777.

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Flokk: A house of furniture brands focused on health, wellbeing and sustainability

Inspire great work

Flokk is a house of brands that launched in 2017 which offers a wide range of seating solutions, furniture and accessories for the workplace and beyond. The head office of the company is located in Oslo, Norway, with main production sites in Røros (Norway), Nässjö (Sweden), Turek (Poland) and Hawthorne (USA). Currently, Flokk products are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide. 

The vision of Flokk is simple: to inspire great work. Through its passion for furnishing, Flokk helps an individual fulfil their potential to put their hearts and minds into their work by creating a healthy and well-designed environment based on comprehensive insight into the needs of real people.


Keeping future generations in mind

Flokk also upholds a strong commitment to protecting the environment. With one of Flokk’s main production sites located in the remote Norwegian town of Røros, which has a rich natural landscape, Flokk is constantly reminded of the duty to protect the environment for future generations. 

The company therefore controls the entire value chainfrom the design, manufacturing and sales processes—which allows Flokk to take full responsibility for every single detail of its work to ensure the company adopts a structured focus on creating sustainable furniture.  

As a house of brands, Flokk combines the heritage and expertise of nine district brands. One of those brands is HÅG. Founded in 1943, HÅG has been manufacturing designer office chairs that promote effortless movement of a user’s body while they sit and work in order to help them stay healthy and active. 

Sustainable furniture design is also something that HÅG has been pioneering for many decades. As early as 1995, the company began using recycled plastic from various sources like bottle tops in the production of their chairs. Notably, in April 2015, the HÅG Capisco chair won the award for “Best Recycled Plastic Product in Europe”, presented by the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations. Today, every HÅG chair carries an EPD certification, which acknowledges that HÅG has some of the lowest CO2 emissions in the furniture industry.

By decreasing energy consumption, reducing waste and continuously increasing the use of recycled materials, HÅG is a market leader in sustainable furniture manufacturing. In this way, HÅG is united to Flokk through its goals of creating innovative designs that focus on their users’ health, wellbeing and the environment surrounding them. 

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