The theme of today’s blog is sustainability. We’ve noticed an emergence of eco-friendly and sustainable materials being used within the high-end market. More and more homeowners want the look and feel of luxury but with an environmental consideration. In the past, environmentally friendly materials and constructions were seen to compromise on quality, but this has changed entirely - we feel this is a refreshing and important step in luxury interior design. The most common approach is to use recycled and reclaimed materials for tiling, flooring and decking.
Want to re-design your home with an eco-friendly focus? Here’s some of our favourite designers who are doing just that:
1/ Domus Tiles
Domus Tiles work with recycled, unused tiles and they will only work with manufacturers who are committed to making ecological improvements. The materials for their Domus Eco porcelain tiles come from many sources, post-production, pre-production and event post-consumer recycled tiles. They also reuse materials from automobile windscreens and cathode ray TV screens.
2/ Maya Romanoff
Maya Romanoff is the largest manufacturer of handcrafted wall coverings in the US, and they have an emphasis on environmental issues throughout their products and production processes. While on the surface their mother of pearl wall coverings don’t exactly seem like the most sustainable materials, they manage to surprise us … they farm cadiz shells with no formaldehyde and even install with low VOC adhesives. Like Domus, they also incorporate recycled materials, using and sourcing as many natural and reusable materials as they can. These include reclaimed copper and brass which are transformed into thin metallic veneers, and their stains aren’t seen as imperfections, but add to their character and charm.
Richlite are pioneers of the paper-composite surface industry that began in 1943 in America's Pacific Northwest. Inspired by these natural surroundings, Richlite's surfaces are all made from paper, which starts out as pulp and is turned into a dense and durable material used for surfaces. Their fibres come from various sources including banana peels, recycled blue jeans and burlap bags. Despite being made from seemingly fragile materials, their formaldehyde-free resin and toughening process makes the surfaces scratch-resistant and heat-resistant to 350F.