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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Four Awesome Eco Friendly Interior Designers

Being eco friendly is such an important issue now, and not only benefits the environment, but also our own health and wellbeing.
Today I want to share with you some of my favourite Interior Designers and Architects, who not only design inspirational, exciting homes and buildings, but are also hugely environmentally conscious- it's a win-win!!

Andrea Kantelberg- CANADA


Andrea Kantelberg designs luxurious interiors, that promote healthy living and sustainability, without compromising on luxury and style.  The materials chosen for her designs are all chosen based on their eco- credentials, such as being recycled, repurposed, non toxic, and locally sourced, as well as the products having eco-friendly manufacturing methods. Kantelberg’s designs also promote a healthy lifestyle, eliminating dangerous toxins from the building materials, such as glues and paints which emit poisonous fumes that could potentially be damaging to health. Andrea Kantelberg has also recently launched her own range of eco friendly products- called the ‘ecollection’  which will be available to purchase from her website. The collection includes: wall coverings, furniture, carpeting and fabrics.

ZED FACTORY- UK
Founded by Bill Dunster in 1999, ZED Factory are pioneers in the field of sustainable, low carbon architecture and design. ZED Stands for ‘Zero Energy Development’ as they are committed to not using any fossil fuel energy in their UK developments. One of the most inspirational and practical products designed by ZED Factory is the ‘ZED roof’ - which not only provides enough solar energy to heat water and and provide electricity, but any excess energy can be sold back in to the national grid, creating earnings for the property owner. The ‘ZED Roof’ also allows light into the loft area, creating a pleasant conservatory style space in a place that could have previously been unused. As well as designing products for residential use, ZED Factory also designs larger scale eco-villages,  as well as public buildings, ultimately aiming for a “Zero carbon, Zero waste society”- (ZED Factory, 2014)
Okologi- AUSTRALIA

Okologi was founded by two sisters: Jessica Nixon and Timoli Mustica. The sisters have a passion for interiors as well as the environment, and use energy efficient fittings and appliances as well as low or zero VOC finishes. The interiors are created to last, reducing the need to dispose of or recycle products unnecessarily. The materials used in their designs are sourced locally, taking advantage of the rich local craftsmanship in Australia, which in turn reduces the carbon footprint of the projects. Where possible the designs incorporate natural fibres, and recycled materials, creating a beautiful and unique space which is designed to last for years to come.


Victoria Meale Design- UK

Victoria Meale creates beautiful, inspirational designs, while always putting sustainability as a priority. Her unique designs  benefit both the client and the environment as they aim to minimise waste, save water, and be energy efficient without compromising on quality or style.  Victoria believes that you should have items that you intend to keep, or pass on to family or friends rather than objects which may seem fashionable now, but will quickly go out style. This is why re-claimed and locally sourced products are used where possible, particularly antiques, which give the space something unique and special, without the carbon footprint of a manufactured product.

What do you think? Do you think about the environmental impact when you shop for your home?

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  1. learning about being eco friendly is new to me, but i'm loving all of the information. it's made so easy to go to the shop and buy anything without having doubt that it's harming the environment - sometimes people just don't think about that.

    i love the use of reclaimed wood, buying second hand items (they have more character anyway!) and trying to avoid things that have harsh chemicals. the natural look is great, anyway!

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    1. Hey, Fiona! Thanks so much for your comment. One of my favourite ways to be eco friendly is buying second hand, and antiques, as you said, they have so much more character, and you will often get something much better quality that if you bought it new!
      Emily xx

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  2. Definitely I'm eco-friendly. I just wrote a post last week about how I changed my view on home while living in Switzerland. They are so Eco there. We swapped our gas cooker for induction, have LED lighting throughout the house, I buy Eco-friendly cleaning products and try to avoid disposable products as much as possible.

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    1. Hi Karolina! I think eco friendly is definitely the way forward, and things like changing your bulbs to LED are brilliant, as they are not only better for the environment, but save you a ton on your electricity bill too!!
      Thanks for reading :) xx

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