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22 of the best new sustainable designs

Our edit of stylish, innovative and eco-friendly designs

reprise chair by norm architects x ercol

From diverting waste to landfill, to utilising traditional crafts and creating positive social impact, these brands and designers are defining what it means to be sustainable today.

reprise chair by ercol and norm architects
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Reprise chair by Norm Architects x Ercol

For its centenary year, British design brand Ercol is launching new pieces that celebrate its long legacy of craftsmanship while looking forward to a new era. Our highlight is the ‘Reprise’ chair, a collaboration with Copenhagen studio Norm Architects, which reimagines the brand’s hallmark spindles ina minimalist lounge chair. And, as with all Ercol pieces, it’s made with care using sustainable practices and materials, ensuring it can be loved for years to come. Available this autumn, and for pre-order now. ercol.com

note stools by edward collinson
Edward Collinson
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Note stools by Edward Collinson

London-based designer Edward Collinson’s handcrafted pieces have been on our wishlist for a while, and his sculptural ‘Note’ stools have just hit the top spot. Made using traditional carpentry techniques, they come in an ebonised oak, walnut or natural oak finish. Gently curved undersides add to their tactile appeal, while flat tops meanthey can double up as side tables. edwardcollinson.co.uk

skinflint lighting
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Skinflint Lighting

As a purveyor of reclaimed lighting, the circular economy is embedded within Skinflint’s ethos. Now the brand is going one step further with a new buy-back scheme that allows customers to sell their lights back to Skinflint for up to 50 per cent of the original value. The lights will be fully restored, tested and certified ready for reuse and resale. skinflintdesign.com

organoid pressed flower wallcoverings and flooring
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Reminiscent of bloom-imprinted pages from childhood flower presses, Organoids’ wallcoverings and laminate flooring literally bring the outside in, with surfaces of compressed wild florals, Alpine hay, leaves and wheat. Laid by hand onto natural flax in a CO2-neutral process in Tyrol, Austria, all the materials are sourced as locally as possible, including lavender stalks and coffee grounds from nearby cafés. No artificial colours or fragrances are added. organoids.com/en

kana glassware recycled blown glass
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Kana x La Soufflerie glassware by Kana London

London ceramicist Kana has teamed up with non-profit glassblowing cooperative La Soufflerie to translate her signature pieces into delicate recycled glass. Due to the nature of the the traditional blowing processes used by the Paris studio, the clay moulds can only be used up to 20 times, rendering each of the limited edition glasses and carafes unique. kanalondon.com

sustainable design candle holders tableau by bloc studios
Bloc Studios
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Bloc Studios x Tableau

Founded in Carrara in 2014, Bloc studios uses marble offcuts salvaged from industrial waste to create its unique furniture and accessories. Its latest launch is a series of 10 one-off vases in collaboration with Copenhagen flower, art and design studio Tableau. Each one consists of a roughly hewn chunk of marble and a sleek aluminium cylinder which can be removed and filled with water and stems – and easily separated and recycled at the end of life. tableau-cph.com

tom dixon cork table
Tom Dixon
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Cork Table by Tom Dixon

‘In terms of a dream material, youcouldn’t get a lot better,’ says Tom Dixon. He’s talking about cork, which he has utilised for a new series of furniture. ‘Cork has this amazing warmth and tactility – it’s also fireproof, water resistant and lighter than water, so it’s easy to transport. Plus, it can be continually recycled,’ he adds. The collection comprises two round tables, shelves and a rectangular table, all with pleasingly chunky proportions. tomdixon.net

dotty repurpose rug by jennifer manner
Jennifer Manner
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/re/PURPOSE rug by Jennifer Manners

London-based rug designer Jennifer Manners’s ‘/re/PURPOSE’ rugs are hand-knotted in India using waste plastic. What makes these hardwearing and stain-resistant designs really special is that they have a plush texture more akin to wool than plastic. There are five designs in the collection, including the round ‘Perugia’ with its terracotta splodges, but colours and dimensions can be customised for a bespoke piece. jennifermanners.co.uk

cross chair tube by pearsonlloyd for takt
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Cross Chair Tube by PearsonLloyd for Takt

All of Danish design brand Takt's pieces have been awarded the EU Ecolabel, which vouches not only for the sustainability of the materials used, but also for the consideration of the environmental impact a product has in its lifetime. Designed by London studio Pearson Lloyd, the 'Cross Chair Tube' is a new take on the firm's inaugural design, the flat-pack 'Cross' chair, and offers the same circular approach, elegant simplicity and ease of assembly with a lighter environmental footprint. taktcph.com

sustainable design glass bottles by hadeda
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Blantyre glass jars by Hadeda

Founded by Kate Kindersley, who grew up between Africa and the UK, Hadeda is a lifestyle brand which believes in the enduring value of craft and design over mass production. Its pieces are handmade by co-operatives in Africa and ensures local heritage crafts are used and passed on. The 'Blantyre' glass jars are made from recycled wine bottles and have striking handcrafted mahogany stoppers. hadeda.co.uk

seaqual x camira recycled ocean litter textiles
Cinco Design PDX
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Seaqual x Camira fabrics

Yorkshire-based textile brand Camira began producing recycled fabrics 20 years ago, and has now teamed up with Seaqual, a global initiative that connects fishermen, scientists, NGOs and authorities to remove and upcycle marine litter. Camira’s new collection of fabrics are woven using ‘Seaqual’ yarn and each metre is made from the equivalent of 26 plastic bottles. There are 16 shades to choose from. camirafabrics.com

sustainable homewares from waste materials
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GoodWaste was founded by Royal College of Arts graduates Ambra Dentella, Ewan Alston and Rafael Muldal el Baz. The brand sources waste materials including marble, steel and Corian from London’s industrial sites (in this case Park Royal in Harlesden) and transforms it into unique pieces of furniture and homeware. They see their work as a ‘new model of manufacturing’, disposing of unwanted materials and creating quality goods with longevity. goodwaste.net

ceramic tableware from waste materials
Granby Workshop
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Granbyware by Granby Workshop

Having tested and analysed materials from a range of waste sources, Liverpool-based ceramics studio Granby Workshop has launched the world’s first ceramic tableware made purely from waste. Its clay is formed from industrial manufacturing wastewater, the glaze is sourced from laboratory glassware, while the colour is derived from crushed tiles and broken dinnerware. granbyworkshop.co.uk

black and white vases on a table
Yeshen Venema
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505 by Alp Design

Annick L Petersen’s latest design is actually six in one. The ‘505’ vase is made up of five stackable components that can be combined or used individually. Available in black and white, the vase is 3D printed from Petersen’s north London studio and uses recycled plastic made from household and commercial waste. alp-design

sustainable nordic design homeware
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Bastone x Poiat cabinet by Åben

Set up as a platform to promote emerging Nordic designers, each of Åben’s products, from ceramics to furniture, has sustainability at its core. It’s the antithesis of fast consumerism; lead times start from around four weeks as each piece is made to order. shop.aben.as

sustainable timber furniture scp
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Jethro by SCP

The beautifully considered ‘Jethro’ table and bench are the latest pieces by designer-maker Sarah Kay. With a fine cabinet-making background, Kay’s passion for woodworking and classic joinery techniques is apparent in the pair’s subtle features, sustainably-sourced materials and quality craftsmanship – tenon joints wedged with walnut, chamfered legs for a refined silhouette and walnut peg details on each end – making them designs to admire from every angle. scp.co.uk

sustainable mattress natural mat clean sleep eco friendly materials
Jon Day
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Supplier to a roster of five-star hotels, including Six Senses Resorts and Spas, Naturalmat has been crafting sustainable mattresses for over 20 years, supporting local farmers and keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum, and scooping up a plethora of industry awards along the way. Its bedworks also run on solar energy to help customers rest easy. naturalmat.co.uk

sustainable chair design natural materials low carbon design rattan wicker
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He & She chairs by Mater

'I wanted to embrace sustainable thinking with the ‘He & She’ chairs, while celebrating one of my biggest inspirations: the Bauhaus school,' says architect, designer and founder of Earth Studio Eva Harlou. 'The biggest challenge was to create a light and sculptural but comfortable chair. It took time to get the right angles, bendiness and composition but we succeeded – we used FSC-certified wood and fast-growing grass for the seat.' materdesign.co.uk

sustainable design eco friendly furniture darkroom london
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Woodernism by Darkroom London

To celebrate Darkroom’s 10th year, the brand has released ‘Woodernism’, a capsule collection based on the beauty of wood and its functional qualities. It includes the six-piece ‘Blok’ series, with items hand-built from ash in north-east England and stained with bold water-based pigments. ‘We wanted to use the material, with its strong heritage, to create something new. It also signals our pursuit of a more sustainable approach,’ notes director Rhonda Drakeford. Five per cent of the sales will be donated to The Woodland Trust. darkroomlondon.com

sustainable design eco friendly traditional skills handmade kitchenware tableware
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Karipot by Tiipoi

London-based design house Tiipoi has collaborated with Indian artisan Mathew Sasa on a range of ceramics that uses a unique type of pottery from the remote village of Longpi. In a method that fuses contemporary design with an ancient technique, clay is manually shaped over a plaster mould and burnished before being left to dry in the sun. The objects are then fired in an open bonfire, and smoked in sawdust made from local foliage, giving pieces a distinctive black colouring. For Tiipoi founder and creative director Spandana Gopal, working with artisans to produce pieces fit for 21st-century living is key to securinga place in the future for these rare crafts, reclaiming them from ‘the tokenisation of handcrafted souvenirs. We have also intervened to help Mathew establish production systems that upscale his process, making his craft more relevant for the modern industry.’ tiipoi.com

sustainable ethical rug design by christopher farr and turquoise mountain
Christopher Farr
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Snake and Pomegranate by Christopher Farr

Presented at the 2019 London Design Festival, Christopher Farr's 'Snake and Pomegranate' rug by Studio Shamshiri was made in collaboration with Turquoise Mountain, an organisation set up in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales which invests in traditional crafts and provides jobs and skills in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It works with carpet factories to help them upskill with trend- based weaving, colour matching, finishing, quality control and logistics, and pays weavers at least 10 per cent more than the market rate as well as educating them about workers’ rights, so wherever they go in the future, they have that knowledge. christopherfarr.com

lsa canopy collection made from 100 recycled glass
LSA Canopy collection
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Canopy collection by LSA

Launched in collaboration with the Eden Project, LSA's Canopy collection is made from 100% recycled glass and is boxed in recycled and recyclable packaging printed with organic vegetable inks to further minimise the impact on the environment. A winner of the prestigious iF Design Award 2019, the collection revolves around the ideas of hydration and propagation and includes both drinkware and planters, vases and terrariums. lsa-international.com

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