Time for change
Livingetc | October 2023
Adaptability, circularity and the unlikely marriage of biomaterials and tech: leaders in their field talk the innovations that will help make our homes fit for the long term.
Sustainability isn’t just about what ’s on show – it also means paying close at tent ion to the hidden materials included in fillings, linings and adhesives. When choosing soft furnishings, most conventional designs have synthetic foam and fibre fillings, so look for those that use alternatives derived from organic sources such as natural latex and coir. In a new venture for our studio, we have recently collaborated with Naturalmat to create an upholstered bed using natural fillings, fabric from The Yarn Collective and integrated side tables handcrafted from felled UK ash.
Designing for disassembly is a must as we strive towards a circular economy. When purchasing a product, think about its future life before committing; can it be repaired, repurposed or recycled? In prioritising disassembly, which we have also done with our new furniture collection, it allows for reupholstery and reconfiguration as needs change and interior updates are required. In this way it minimises the risk of furniture ending up in landfill.
Bespoke furniture is a great way to create a personalised interior that you will feel more connected to. In designing a space that isn’t trend-led but unique to you, it encapsulates the true meaning of a home, in my opinion. Not only will the space work for your needs, it also ref lects the colours, textures and materials that you relate to on an individual level. This conscious approach will encourage you to invest in pieces that will last a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations.
Sourcing from local craftspeople is a simple way to shift towards more conscious buying habits. Start in your local town or city and if you can’t find what you need, expand the search countrywide. Obviously, there will be times where sourcing locally isn’t possible – but in prioritising this mindset , you wi l l become more considered in your purchasing and will often get the chance to meet makers and artisans in person. It’s another added benefit that connects you to the narrative behind the pieces.Full Article