Sustainable trend alert: from ceramic side-tables to lighting made from mushrooms
With sustainability becoming increasingly important in consumers’ buying habits, designers and design-led brands are taking their environmental impact more seriously than ever before. By incorporating new, ecologically-sound materials and recycling where they can, we’re seeing an abundance of sustainable alternatives coming onto the market.
A report from Nielsen suggests that two-thirds of global consumers are happy to pay that little bit extra to be safe in the knowledge that their product has been sourced and manufactured responsibly. As you move down the age scale, this rockets up: 73% of Millennial respondents would pay more for sustainable homewares.
At the same time, small businesses are implementing industrial processes to reduce their waste while creating products that are more sustainable, cheaper and easier to make.
These creative designers are embracing materials that were once neglected. Love it or loathe it, cork is here to stay; and you’ll see a whole host of other interesting new materials, too.
Right now, it’s smaller, agile companies like the ones we’ve mentioned here that have paved the way for innovation, but we’re expecting to see pick-up from bigger brands towards the end of 2019 and beyond.
Jin Kuramoto offers a 100% biodegradable chair that’s made from flax fibres and bio resin. You can also expect to see plant-based materials in unexpected spaces: creative sustainability fans are even able to grow Danielle Trofe’s mushroom lights at home.
Every day, the Sustainable Kitchens team is reusing excess materials in some way. It’s something we’re pleased to see happening elsewhere on the furniture market, too. Chaozhou in China, the largest ceramics production base in the world, suffers from a high amount of wasted produce; but Bentu Design is highlighting and tackling the issue by creating beautiful furniture from excess ceramic.
Speaking to Dezeen, a company representative said “Our name Bentu means ‘local creating’. It means starting from an understanding and raw materials that are local. Even dirt could be as valuable as diamond when it is treated diligently.”
As you can see from browsing our portfolio of bespoke kitchens, the industrial look is always popular. We love Christophe Machet’s range of Pipeline chairs, which are crafted using CNC-cut sewage pipes. They’re made quickly and easily, and are both cheap and durable.
Sustainability in design is one of our main priorities, and it’s something we’re more than happy to help you with.