Once upon a time, the choice was between a sustainable item or a fashionable one. The two were mutually exclusive and you had to embrace the moral superiority you felt, living in a 100% recycled, yak-hair yurt as the sole compensation for the fact that everything in your home was brown, sharp-edged and somewhat tufty. But those days are long gone thanks to the rise of sustainable brands, all vying for your dollars and making it (frankly) ridiculous not to be sustainable!
This collection focuses on some of our favourite options for your bigger projects; if you’re re-doing your bathroom, living or bedroom, you have to check out the below! Check out the inspiring options we love to approaching the question of how to find the right look without a globally catastrophic price!
If you’re looking for more everyday items, then be sure to check out some of our favourite options here!
Photo credit for our beautiful cover image above goes to our first brand: Vênoor.
Vênoor is an incredible, high-end furniture option. They go to enormous lengths to ensure that they’re bespoke furniture is designed and built in ways that are environment and community conscience.
Sponsored tree-planting for every purchase is just the start. High quality, hard woods, long-lasting fabrics and timeless designs ensure that these items will be with you for a lifetime..
LIGHTING – BIOPHILE STYLE: Flow & Chaos
Let’s coin the phrase now: this is biostyle at its very best.
I love the current trend for biophilia and am always looking for new and original ways to incorporate plants and life into my designs, so it’s no wonder I am in love with work Danielle Trofe has been doing with her lighting brand: Flow & Chaos.
The range of “biofabricated” pendants and lamps are beautiful and unique; their soft, spongey forms are grown and just beg to be stroked and touched. I love the seeing people’s reaction and pleasure in these lights.
WALLPAPER: Back to the Wall
You may recognise these guys from our post on 2019 trends, but they are gorgeously bringing whole-wall maximalism to your interiors.
Their reliance on sustainable fabrics, textiles, inks and dyes are a great plus, heightening what are already scene-stealingly beautiful designs.
FURNITURE – STEAM-BENT WOOD: Tom Raffield
Tom Raffield has a way with wood. I adore the shapes and lines he manages to coax from these all natural products, which all scream high-end by the time he’s done with them.
FEATURE WALLS: Freund GmbH
Another entry in the biophilia category for me are the amazing team at Freund in Germany. What a way to bring more life indoors than with a living wall; they’re not just for offices and malls, especially if you’re dealing with an inner-city space with more wallspace than floorspace for plants.
They also do a great range of natural claddings, suitable for both in and outdoor use.
DECORATION – LEATHER: Studioart
Outside of furniture, leather is an often overlooked option in interior design. Studioart is another Italian brand on our list and these guys really do demand your attention.
Their variety of wall options play with textures, colours, shape and light in ways that a printed wallpaper can’t, and of course, it’s incredibly tactile and luxurious.
Their processes are also all eco-friendly, with re-used and recycled water waste and responsible sourcing of their materials from local suppliers.
FLOORING – TILES: Lithoverde from Salvatori
Stone-finished areas can give great texture, warmth and class to a design, but quarrying and shipping is invariably damaging and no matter how good your intentions are, there is always waste (you literally have to over order, otherwise you’ll run out and will never quite be able to match the colour… The danger of literally unique finishes.)
Enter Salvatori with their Lithoverde range of recycled stone off-cuts. By combining the discards of other projects with a natural resin, they create “planks” of stone in a range of (natural) colours. But this isn’t terrazzo; the finished product is practically indistinguishable from the stone product it’s made from. You’re just not letting offcuts go to waste!
Lithoverde is even certified by the US Green Building Council, meaning that by using it you can contribute positively to your LEED rating.
FLOORING, BATHROOMS & FURNITURE: Indigenous
Based out of too picturesque Oxfordshire is Indigenous, a company very consciously inspired by traditional European materials and techniques.
They’ll do a resin wet room like Salvatori and a hardwood floor or work-surface like Wood & Beyond, but these are not their specialities. What I love Indigenous for is the breadth of their range, all high-quality, all created with an eye to sustainable practices but assembled with a magpie-like curation that makes their range simultaneously on trend and very personal.
Check them out! Where else will you find both a stone chaise longue and a reclaimed teak table?
FLOORING – WOOD: Wood & Beyond
Good hardwood floors will never go out of style. We recently visited with these guys at the Surface Design Show here in London, and safe to say their products are as beautiful in person as in the pictures.
Responsibly sourced direct from sawmills and manufacturers all over the world for the best quality and price, if you’re set on a hardwood floor there is no reason for that floor not to be both gorgeous and sustainable.
DECORATION – PRINTS & TEXTILES: One Nine Eight Five
One Nine Eight Five is high-end accessorising done right. The finishes are all high-quality, the processes are all sustainable, and yet the products are available only through Heal’s here in London (as well as online), which for anyone who knows Heal’s knows that these are the uppercrust of tasteful accessories.
It may seem like a small and inconsequential thing, but this is another sign that, unless you’re actively trying to be unsustainable there’s no reason to be.
LINENS: Oliveri Home
When it comes to traditional beddings and linen Oliveri are an exceptional option.
Of course, I’ll never stop encouraging you to at least try a tencel alternative. Seriously, we’ve been using our tencel sheets for over 6 months now and they remain one of the greatest purchases I’ve ever made! But, if you’re determined to go with a more traditional option, you can’t do better than the linen produced by the Tuscan designers at Oliveri Home.
Their emphasis on sustainable production married to traditional methods results in the most sumptuous (and responsible) linen anywhere in the world.
Aniza make beautiful textiles and they it in a beautiful way.
By empowering women all over Mexico – who might otherwise struggle to make a living – to create fabrics using products and techniques native to their area. Aniza then connects these women to textile houses in Europe where the traditional Mexican fabrics and turned into high-end pillows and throws (all sold in collections grouped by their region of origin).
It’s a great strategy, done sustainably, supporting women, regions and cultures deserving of support. Why wouldn’t you want cushions from Aniza?
FURNITURE – BED: Savoir Beds
OK – unlike every other brand on this list, where the price is reasonably comparable to an unsustainable alternative, a Savoir Bed is going to set you back some!
Boasting a tradition rooted in the opulent tradition of the Savoy Hotel, these beds and mattresses have been handmade to exacting, sustainable standards for over 100 years. And they have the pricetag to prove it – these mattresses start at US$12,850.
So, sustainable on all fronts but budget.
We’ve talked about the fabulous folks at Tala before. They too sponsor reforesting schemes and work to stringent sustainability guidelines, minimising the impacts of production, packaging and shipping in the creation of their range of ceramic filament bulbs.
And aside from all that, their gorgeous organic forms and rich golden light all make for beautiful features and long-lasting fixtures.
LIGHTING – SUSTAINABLE PLASTICS: SLAMP:
SLAMP: is one of the truly great sustainable brands. The idea of “plastic” light shades and fittings may not sound immediately high-end, but SLAMP:’s ingenious processes are capable of creating plastics of such clarity they can be mistaken for glass.
And yet, being plastic, they are orders of magnitude lighter than their glass or crystal counterparts. They can be formed, coloured and shaped. They can be recycled and be made from recycled material. SLAMP: goes a long way to remind us that plastic isn’t innately bad, only when it is used cheaply, thoughtlessly and disposably is it a menace.