Last month we had the unique privilege of leading a discussion on sustainable practices in design. As experts in their industries, our panelists had great insight into how designers can create beautiful projects that are environmentally friendly.
Here are their recommendations:
Erika Belsey Worth | Belsey & Mahla Architects
“I am particularly focused on what’s built locally because I believe that when we talk about sustainability we tend to underestimate the damage caused by excessive trucking. So places like Wüd (made in Brooklyn) or City Joinery (originally in Dumbo now in Northampton) are our go-to for custom or semi-custom furniture, from dining room tables to beds, desks, and AV cabinets.”
Erika’s Additional Faves:
Chapter & Verse is a Brooklyn based design-build studio that brings classical craftsmanship and contemporary ingenuity into perfect union. Established in 2016 by Joseph Cleghorn and Connor Moxam, Chapter & Verse is dedicated to creating luxury furniture of the highest quality for traditional and contemporary residencies, design connoisseurs and art collectors in the United States and worldwide.
Founded in 1995, The Hudson Company is a custom mill specializing in wood flooring, paneling, and beams. Along with a wide range of responsibly crafted architectural products, The Hudson Company provides a comprehensive range of hands-on professional services for every size design and building project.
Kammetal is a full-service metal fabrication company specializing in the field of architectural and ornamental metals. Ranging from large-scale, complex architectural projects to high-end furniture and lighting prototyping and production, Kam Metal utilizes the latest in digital fabrication technology and software.
Studio dell’ Arte has been in business since 1984 providing the finest quality Architectural Metalwork, Furniture, Sculpture Conservation/Fabrication and Prototypes. From Custom milled cabinet hinges to 5 story bronze railings, Studio dell’Arte’s staff of Artists, Machinists and Mechanics, deliver premium, top quality metal work.
Lucy Harris | Lucy Harris Studio
“With good vintage design you are not only reducing your carbon footprint but if you pick well you are less likely to buy something that won’t look fresh in a few years. I recommend 1st Dibs and Etsy for vintage furniture and decor.
I also recommend Uship as a way to ship furniture more ecologically. You request a pick-up and drop off for your vintage furniture purchase and someone who is making the same trip for other reasons will take your shipment with you. I had a guy pick up some vintage chaise lounges on his way back from vacation in Florida. He slept on them in the back of his van!”
Lucy’s Additional Faves:
Stacy Waggoner and Kate Reynolds founded Studio Four in 2009 to shine a light on the stories behind textile, wallpaper and rug design. “By fostering relationships with up-and-coming artisans and people who’ve spent their lives committed to craft, we trust that when our products are brought into your home they will be cherished for generations to come.”
Alt For Living was founded by Analisse Taft-Gersten. Their New York showroom, located in the heart of the Flower District, features a cultivated assortment of fine carpets, textiles and home furnishings perfectly suited for modern living.
In 1998, Holland & Sherry Interiors was born after 100 years of operating as a textile production company for the apparel industry. Taking inspiration from these traditional apparel fabrics, their interiors textiles have a transitional quality suited for all aspects of the decorated room.
Tim Button | Stedila Design
Tim Button is partner and co-owner of Stedila Design, a NYC-based interior design firm with a wide-ranging portfolio of residential, retail and commercial projects across the U.S. and internationally. Since the beginning of his career, Tim has balanced high-end aesthetics with sustainable function and environmental awareness.
“Stephanie Odegard Co, LTD — has been dedicated to helping developing countries to promote and preserve traditional artisanal crafts. The company provides sustainably-made products and contributes to community building.”
Victoria Young | Tightrope
“The most important place to start when considering sustainability in design is with what you want your approach to be. Personally, I think it’s important to approach sustainability from a position of positivity. It’s better to celebrate the use of sustainability than to shame the lack of sustainability.
One resource many manufacturers and makers rely on is the MSDS (Material Safety and Data Sheets). The MSDS lists the majority of materials and finishes and rates their safety in regards to its effects on humans and the environment.
Waste is another big factor in the design world. What do you do with the items your client wants to get rid of? How do you include items your client wishes to keep? Do you help or hinder them? Be sure to look into local recycling and upcycling services!”
In2Green was founded over a decade ago, “because we wanted to fuse sustainable materials, a high design sensibility and a luxury approach. Founded by two friends, we are still passionate about eco-friendly manufacturing right here in the USA.”
Since 1999, all of Beehive Handmade‘s products have been designed and produced from hand fabricated originals made by artists Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd. Their metalwork is handmade from high-quality materials in the U.S.A.
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