In Interior Design, Products, Reviews on
25th March 2017

Ikea’s Recycled Kitchen

For most people, when designing your home, one of the first places you’ll visit is Ikea. It’s such an easy way to decorate, you simply walk through different sections, picking out the furniture you like and then simply collect them at the end… and I also have to mention the food hall, which lets face it, we don’t more of an excuse to visit.

Well now to make this an even better experience, IKEA have come up with a completely recycled kitchen. It’s made up of of recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. With the amount of plastic bottles ending up in landfill, this could be such an ingenious way of cutting back on so much waste, it proves that recycling on a large scale is very possible (which gives no excuse to how much we waste).

The design is structure is formed from the reclaimed wood while the coating is made with plastic bottles. The colouring is a lovely matt grey with a contrasting shiny black handle. John Lofgren, creative designer at Form US With Love, said:

“We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious.” 

You would assume with how much it costs in production to apply waste materials to design, that this would be coming in at a hefty price, making it not so achievable for a lot of people. But Anna Granith, product developer at IKEA, explained that:

“Overcoming the price as a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it.” 

IKEA is paving a way for new design at low cost. The design is effective, low-priced and economic, whilst also having a sleek and sophisticated finish. Did I also mention that it is set to last 25 years? It almost seems too good to be true.  There’s more to come too, as the company is introducing more sustainable furniture in 2017 that are ‘no waste’.

 

In Interior Design, Reviews on
22nd March 2017

Walls Replaced With Storage In Home Design.

This is an awesome idea from Bulgarian office Another Studio. They removed walls from a spacious Apartment and replaced them with plywood partitions, with integrated shelving, drawers and cupboards.

The concept behind this was to create a workspace within the home that was comfortable and practical, they achieved this by opening up the rooms too each other with extra storage. The inspiration to this design was from Japan as they wanted to recreate the “purity and serenity” of Japanese architecture but within a working home.

I love the idea of swapping walls with extra storage, even for day to day life. Hopefully my clutter would have no excuse with these in my home. Also some may ask about privacy, seeing into every room through a few books might not be to everyones taste, but the studio have also implemented white curtains to add extra privacy for certain areas.

Overall this is a successful design and would be a great way to add extra storage too apartments in a beautiful way. The combination of the storage walls and the free wire lighting create a comfortable and spacious work space within a home.

In Interior Design, Reviews on
20th March 2017

Peter Kostelov’s Transformable Apartment Vs Yael Perry’s Tel Aviv Apartment


It’s a well known fact that the population is getting larger by the day, especially in the cities. Due to this, housing and accommodation needs to be smaller and smaller. These two designers have come up with differant ways to do this in clever ways.

Peter Kostelov has come up with a design solution of transformable furniture. “The main aim of the project is a concept of effortless transformation,” said Kostelov. “For example, a living room can easily be transformed into a dining room, while a working studio turns into a guest bedroom in no time.”

He achieves this with a design that consist’s of wooden panelled floors, ceilings and walls, with wooden doors that hide the transformable objects. The main room transforms from a bedroom to a study. The Lounge has a retractable dining table and benches. The narrow kitchen has fold away shelving and a fold away breakfast table.

Overall the use of storing away furniture is inspiring, it creates new ways of using a room and is a great way of maximising a small space. However, aesthetics wise, I am more preferable to a Scandinavian sleek style for a tiny space.

This is where Yael Perry’s Tel Aviv Apartment steps in. Perry took an apartment that measured a small 11 metres in length and 3.3 metres wide and transformed it into a family holiday home. His way of doing this was a much simpler one. He used white as the main colour in the design, with a few small accents of plants to keep it from feeling too clinical. This design makes the apartment appear a lot more spacious and vast than it actually is, whilst also creating a lovely overall home.

Both of these designs are succesful in their own way, Kostelev’s for his interesting technique at creating more space and Perry’s use of white to open up a space. Overall I think a combination of both of these would be an incredible plan. Having the interchangeable furniture in a complete sleek white out would make it multifunctional whilst also creating a beautiful design.

In Interior Design, Lookbook on
10th March 2017

Tiled accents

Apologies in advance, this post is slightly going off the sustainability topic… But I’ve recently had an obsession with Zellige tiles in interiors and wanted to share it with you guys. (Maybe I can argue that the tiles could be recycled from Grecian buildings but I think that might be a bit of a stretch…)

Zellige (or more known nowadays as mosaic) is tile work made from individual small tiles that form a geometric pattern. They generally come in vibrant colours and are incredibly eye-catching. This type of tile is being seen as a popular design trend right now within the home.

A room full of these tiles can be absolutely breathtaking, but i would definitely say I’m more of a minimalist in preference so I sway more towards having accents of these within a space. What I mean by this is by having a stripped back, simplistic room, and having these tiles popping out of hidden spaces.

If your like me and you don’t like to over indulge in colours or patterns normally, this is the perfect way to add a bit of colour into our lives while still keeping it to a minimum.

The images below are examples that are a personal favourite of mine. I love the blue toned mosaic tiles but my favourite is the tiles popping out beneath the stairs, Its such a simple way to get creative with apart of the house thats usually left bare!

 

In Architecture, Sustainability on
10th March 2017

Vertical Forest Towers by Stefano Boeri

 

Stefano Boeri has a history with creating ‘Vertical Forest’s’ within cities, having created the 2 towered forest in Milan and revealed the plans for the forest in Switzerland. His designs change a typical skyescraper that is seen all around the world into an explosion of flora and fauna. It’s easy to see how these trends are catching on.

Most recently, Boeri has tackled Nanjing, China. It has a crazy 1,000 trees and 2,500 cascading plants implanted into its design. This isn’t only for aesthetics, Boeri described it as:

“a real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen per day”

With the deforestation being an ever-growing issue, this type of design creates new possibilities for air pollution. By changing skyscrapers to follow this technique, the end result would be our concrete jungles, resembling just that.

 

Image of ‘Vertical Forest’ in Nanjing:

 

Image of ‘Vertical Forest’ in Milan:

 

Images of ‘Vertical Forest’ in Switzerland:

 

In Interior Design, Lookbook on
7th March 2017

Industrial Home Design Ideas.

Instead of new builds, new designs and brand new furniture, incorporating old within the new is becoming a top design choice. This benefits our environment as that means less products are becoming land fill, instead they are being renovated and incorporated into edgy styles of today.

Thats where sustainable design steps in… The basis of this design is stripping back and maximising the raw materials of a building, reusing and recycling furniture and putting this together in a chaotic creation.

I’ve put together a few designs that I believe represent this well. Personally I find Industrial Design in the bedroom to be the best, I love the raw materials combined with the soft furnishings.

 

Emily Wren Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Architecture, Sustainability on
7th March 2017

How A ‘Green Roof’ Is A Sustainable Design.

 

Green Roof gardens have been popping up here and there within all of the main city’s. It cant be argued that it is definitely a pretty attribute in Design. With the population ever growing and our cities becoming more crowded by the day, the lack of fauna surrounding us can a little bit depressing. By changing unused roofs into beautiful gardens, we can reconnect to nature, even while still enjoying our city lifestyle!

It is such a simple way of creating a beautiful sustainable building. One that isn’t salvaged enough within London, New York or most main cities.

Paris can be seen as a leader with this initiative. Recently in
March 2015, a law has been passed that requires any new commercial build to provide renewable energy or plants in the design. Because of this, green roofs have been sprouting up all across France.

 

 

 

But the question is, what makes this a Sustainable Design?

  • Absorbs Sunlight: A green roof is brilliant at keeping your home cool. By soaking up the suns rays, on average it can chill your house by 6-8 degrees as well as lowering utility bills.
  • Extends Roof Life: It protects the roof material, which would grow brittle and crack due too extensive sunlight damage.
  •  Absorbs Rainwater: As well as sunlight, the extra layer of earth will take on up to 80% of rainwater which will reduce chances off over-run.
  • Clean the air: It will improve the air quality by cleaning the air of pollutions. Which, lets face it, is a big must in the cities!
  • Act as a sound barrier: The layers of grass and dirt will act as a barrier to reduce exterior noises.
  • Lastly, it’ll help feed wildlife by providing natural meals for fuzzy friends!

After listing all of these reasons, it really seems like such a brilliant idea that we need to take advantage of.