Many people have been slowly re-evaluating different aspects of their everyday life and making small changes for the better. Small things like replacing their take away coffee paper cups with reusable, restraining from using straws and avoiding printed versions of documents that can be read on a tablet or a phone.
Sustainable interior design, however, is about creating interior environments using design principles focusing on protecting our planet from quick burnout. The main purpose is to be considerate towards environment by reducing energy consumption, pollution and waste.
At Pepper Sq. we always have our planet's best in mind, by reducing the carbon imprint, using sustainable packaging and looking for suppliers as much as possible who are on the same page with us about sustainability.
We have spoken to one of our most sustainable-minded partners, Klaus Jorlet - CEO and Founder of Danish furniture producer We Do Wood about his ideas on sustainability and how his furniture is helping the world.
We Do Wood was founded in Copenhagen in 2011, based on the vision that new Danish design and strict sustainability principles should go hand in hand. We Do Wood introduced a collection of furniture made from bamboo.
Why bamboo? What are the unique qualities of this material? Klaus has explained that bamboo is a new dimension in modern design is about environmental protection in its widest sense. For us it begins with the material, bamboo, which recirculates far more CO2 than Nordic types of wood, which have traditionally been used in Danish furniture. It takes only 4 years to harvest, compare to 40-80 years to harvest oak, teak or beech.
Company's DNA is not only to use a sustainable material but to think how to act more responsible. We Do Wood only works with a manufacture that is FCS certified, does not use any lacquer etc. The company is planning to work more and more with upcycling products like leftovers from wooden manufacturing, plastic from the ocean etc. in the future!
Hagen Folding Desk with Brass Features (£699) - A desk designed for style and convenience the Hagen fold-away desk exudes Scandinavian aesthetic. The desk folds flat making it perfect for a pop up office.
To tackle sustainability throughout their production process We Do Wood's ambition is to always seek the better alternative. When possible, only the formaldehyde-free glue is used, water-based paint or even avoid paint altogether by implementing other techniques such as carbonation and oxidation, then the extra effort made to do just that. And as for bamboo, it outperforms any woody material on every sustainability parameter there is, so there really is no better choice that comes to mind.
Tilde Loop Shelf (£135) - The Tilde loop shelf is minimalistic Scandinavian shelving with beautiful brass mounting made from sustainable bamboo with either black or brass finishing.
At We Do Wood, the team is committed to raise the bar on all sustainability parameters they work with. That is why the materials are only sourced from FSC certified suppliers. And in close partnership with manufacturing partners they optimise the use of raw materials to ensure nothing goes to waste.
Louis Shoe Rack £155 - Minimalistic Scandinavian style shoe rack, perfect for showing off your footwear. The Louis shoe rack is made from sustainable bamboo available in either brass or black brass finish. Designed and crafted in Denmark.
What are the key principles in sustainable design? Furniture design must be high quality and knock-down when possible, meaning that the final assembly is done by the consumer at home. This principle is important for three reasons:
Hagen Folding Dining Table 130cm (£1109) - The Hagen fold-away field table is practical and stylish. The Scandinavian style folds flat for the room needing space. Made from sustainable bamboo. Pari with Copen fold-away chair. Designed and crafted in Denmark.
Cane: The plant used for rattan furniture grows naturally without interrupting the present structure and balance of the rainforest. In addition, rattan cleans the air by converting CO2 into clean air. Rattan is an exceptionally sustainable wood, being the quickest developing tropical wood that renews in only 5 - 7 years.
Terrazzo: A composite material of marble chippings set into cement, terrazzo originated in 16th-century Italy as a way to reuse stone offcuts. It is either poured in situ by hand or precast into blocks that can be cut to size. You can also buy it as ready-made tiles, easy to apply straight to floors and walls for decor finishes.
Reclaimed wood is gaining more and more importance in furniture, products, construction and interiors, for DIY as well as commercial enterprises. Old buildings, barns, wooden decks, old furniture, boats or wooden crates are common sources of wood for product design.
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