Hemp is a fantastic material! It is used for the wicker seat on the UMI furniture, as it is both durable, beautiful and sustainable. The hemp plant is very environmentally friendly to grow compared to e.g. cotton. The hemp plant can grow in the north without the use of pesticides and without watering. It grows quickly and therefore only needs a limited area to grow on.
When you think of hemp, you often think of the banned euphoric substance. But the type of hemp we use in furniture production is a different type that does not have an intoxicating effect. Hemp is grown with a view to the furniture and fashion industry, but it is also used for also for carpets, insulation in buildings, and even in the food industry.
For many thousands of years hemp has been used as rope and rope, which confirms its strength. So when we weave a web of hemp on a UMI seat, it is because it is one of the best and most sustainable materials we can find.