Environmental Sustainability in Interior Design
Environmental sustainability has been one of the most important topics in the public eye for a while now, and is something we have been thinking a lot about in the design world. Together with our colleagues in fashion, interior design has long been thought of as something that is not terribly environmentally friendly, generating a lot of waste and creating a ‘disposable’ attitude fuelled by fast changing trends and tastes. This is something we want to work very hard at Anne Haimes Interiors to change.
The good news is that now, more than ever, more money and research is being put into eco-friendly products and green building materials. This, combined with growing consumer awareness, means that as designers we can now create beautiful, functional and environmentally sustainable homes. The recent House & Garden festival was focused around this topic, and in-between our design advice clinic, we had the opportunity to visit industry partners who were showcasing environmentally focused products. Seeing the new innovation that is being put into making our homes more sustainable was very inspiring, with the the non-toxic and ultra-sustainable kitchens from Miinus Kitchens, and Crucial Trading’s environmentally friendly carpets, particularly catching our eye.
We have also been thinking a lot about the carbon footprint of the pieces we source, and recently have been focusing our searches on Antiques and older items that need some TLC and rejuvenation, reducing the need for items that have to travel from further a field. Designing flexible spaces to fit the changing needs of people who are using them is one of the keys to longevity. When you can easily replace or adapt individual elements of a room, there is no need to demolish and renovate it in its entirety.
Environmental Sustainability is something that people are working hard to achieve across many industries, from paper bags to bamboo construction, the more we work together to make a change the bigger impact we will have. If you want to learn more about sustainability in design listen to this TED talk, https://www.ted.com/playlists/28/sustainability_by_design, or come and have a chat to us in our Boutique at 47 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BG.