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|The Good Plastic Company||Keersluisweg 7, Hal 1|
Almere 1332 EE
Almere 1332 EE
|Alisa Mitlitska||- -||- -|
Polygood® from The Good Plastic Company is a solid surface material produced entirely from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, offering an unparalleled sustainable and practical choice. The product’s diverse patterns have a distinctive visual allure and can each be produced consistently over time and in large volumes due to a robust supply chain. This choice of material helps divert plastic away from incinerators, landfill, and the natural environment, and delivers the maximum benefit from precious resources by reusing them through the company’s take-back and remanufacturing programme, according to circular manufacturing principles. The product stands as a distinctive, large-scale offering compared with more artisanally produced alternative sustainable materials, giving clients the opportunity to make significant positive environmental impact.
- Industrial volumes: we can supply projects requiring hundreds of square metres of material
Polygood® is available in a category-leading wide range of patterns suiting every design context, from ones mimicking the colours and textures of natural stone to others that are brightly coloured and that make a virtue out of being obviously plastic in origin.
Polygood® is a pioneer not just because of the material’s environmental credentials but because of its remarkable versatility and adaptability, able to meet the requirements of applications across diverse market segments.
Key Market Segments and Applications:
1. Retail: point of sale/plinths, retail counters, exhibition booths, signage.
Some representative projects where Polygood® is used include:
1. Exterior cladding of the UK’s first Net Zero Carbon McDonald’s restaurant at Market Drayton
Other clients include Nike, Adidas, Coach, Karl Lagerfeld, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, HSBC, Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Spaces, and MVRDV.
1. Polygood® panels can be cut with woodworking tools, CNC machines or water-jet.
We have chosen to make Polygood® from polystyrene (PS), a durable and resilient type of plastic that provides excellent structural integrity and that also minimises resource usage and emissions in the recycling and manufacturing processes, aligning with eco-friendly principles. Its mechanical and aesthetic properties suit Polygood® to both structural and decorative applications.
The Good Plastic Copany partners with large recycling centres all over Europe that collect and sort plastics to ensure a reliable and high quality supply of material. They work both with post-consumer and post-industrial plastics.
We and our suppliers have audited procedures to ensure that we can guarantee the composition of our products to our clients. Because our suppliers are large-scale recyclers, we have the ability to produce our products consistently over time and in high volumes.
What distinguishes Polygood® is its extraordinary range of character, with each pattern originating from a combination of distinct waste sources, contributing to their unique back stories. The patterns stem from a wide range of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste streams, including sources such as refrigerators, single-use cutlery, household appliances, and manufacturing components. The wide range of distinctive designs suits every design context, from ones mimicking the colours and textures of natural stone to others that are brightly coloured and that make a virtue out of being obviously plastic in origin.
Polygood® holds Cradle to Cradle® certification, which puts it at the forefront of the sustainable surface materials segment, offering architects, designers, and brands a trusted solution backed by rigorous analysis, audit, and testing. Polygood® is the only plastic surface material to achieve this certification, solidifying The Good Plastic Company’s position as an industry leader in sustainable materials.
Polygood® was also granted the first verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for a plastic solid surface material. An EPD includes the assessment of a product’s environmental characteristics throughout its entire lifecycle. It covers the entire value chain, from material extraction to production, product use, and end-of-life disposal.
In addition to supporting a circular economy, The Good Plastic Company offers a Take-Back Programme for Polygood® panels. Recycling old panels and offcuts allows the company to reduce the carbon footprint and limit our environmental impact, as recycling materials demands less energy than manufacturing products from raw materials. This programme fosters a closed-loop economy focused on reusing materials instead of creating new waste.
The production of Polygood® panels not only avoids CO2 emissions but actively reduces them compared to the production of new plastic from virgin feedstock.
|The Good Plastic Company||Keersluisweg 7, Hal 1|
Almere 1332 EE
|Grupo Planeta -||deardesign studio -||- -|
Completion date 24/06/2022
Construction cost £518,115
deardesign studio conceptualised a fresh and vibrant interior design concept for the 1,200 square metre atrium of Madrid Content City’s new Entertainment Science Campus, a university that is part of the second-largest audiovisual production centre in Europe. The primary purpose of this space is to function as the university’s nerve centre and connection hub, and is its most iconic place.
The atrium is designed to showcase media projects on an array of screens and to be a versatile, muti-function venue for a range of activities that maximally supports productivity and interaction between students and professionals in order to bring out their creativity and talent. The result is a striking arena featuring an open stage for presentations, conferences or informal meetings, with a multi-level seating area configurable into different seating formats.
A notable feature of the design is the incorporation of sustainable materials, specifically the ingenious use of Polygood® panels made entirely from recycled and recyclable plastic by The Good Plastic Company. The panels adorn the surfaces of the seating area, benches, and tables, and complement the design’s use of white and natural wood surfaces. This backdrop integrates beautifully with the atrium’s impressive technological elements, including dynamic lighting, LED screens, and a stunning central circular screen measuring 27 linear metres. The designers chose the White Lollipop pattern for its qualities of elegance mixed with a little fun. The panels’ white base is derived from recycled refrigerators and freezers, while the bright coloured dots originate from disposable plastic cutlery.
A total of 41 Polygood® panels were used, each 2,800 x 1,400 mm and 20 mm thick. This implementation used the equivalent of almost 4 tonnes of recycled plastic waste that might otherwise have been burned or buried in landfill, demonstrating that sustainable materials are not restricted to artisanal production but can be produced at scale to meet the requirements of large projects.
The aim of the project was to create a spatial identity that embodies the essence and character of the audiovisual entertainment sciences campus. By creating a dynamic and contemporary environment, it promotes engagement and collaboration between students and professionals, encouraging a shared space for interaction.
The atrium is equipped with the latest technology to support learning and cooperative work. The implementation of teamwork-oriented spaces, collaborative work areas with desks, meeting rooms with screens, and workstations with adjacent coffee break points demonstrates a commitment to creating a technologically advanced environment. At the same time, the client and designers were determined to deliver a project based on ecodesign principles, reflected in the choice of recycled and sustainable materials, including furniture made from Cradle to Cradle Certified® materials such as Polygood® and MDF boards from Finsa.
In all, this design project has sought to reflect the essence of the audiovisual industry and generate healthy spaces for users and areas of collaborative and individual learning, delivered through the use of new sustainable materials to enhance the atrium as a space for meeting, experimentation, creation, dissemination of knowledge and celebration.
The design prominently features Polygood® panels made by The Good Plastic Company, specifically the White Lollipop pattern. Polygood® is a sustainable surface material whose credentials are supported by an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Cradle to Cradle Certified® status. It is made entirely from 100% recycled and recyclable polystyrene (PS), a type of plastic that has excellent mechanical properties and scratch resistance, suiting it to structural as well as decorative applications. These panels stand as a distinctive, large-scale sustainable product offering compared with more artisanally produced alternative sustainable materials, giving clients the opportunity to make genuine positive environmental impact.
The patterns are derived from combining an array of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic waste sources, including items like refrigerators, single-use cutlery, household appliances, and manufacturing components. The result is a wide range of distinctive designs suiting every context, from ones mimicking the colours and textures of natural stone to others that are brightly coloured and that make a virtue out of being obviously plastic in origin. Importantly, the verified EPD reinforces The Good Plastic Company’s dedication to quantifying the environmental impact of its products. This sustainable choice of material helps divert disposable plastic away from incinerators, landfill, and the natural environment, and delivers the maximum benefit from resources by reusing them through the company’s take-back and remanufacturing programme according to circular manufacturing principles.
Using Polygood® solid surface materials in the project, deardesign studio reduced CO2 emissions by 11,018.96 kg (just over 11 tonnes) compared to using virgin plastic. Calculation based on figures from the ecoinvert database v3.9.1. Additionally, the material’s Cradle to Cradle certification is based on its circularity, as Polygood® panels and offcuts can be recycled repeatedly through The Good Plastic Company’s take-back and remanufacturing programme. Further details can be provided if required.
|MAGRITS||7 DORSET COURT|
london N1 4SD
london SE1 9EQ
|Conal and Suzanne Percy||Maria Savito||All4house ltd Waldek Lis|
In the heart of the Borough High Street Conservation Area stands a locally listed Georgian House, a small testament to the rich architectural heritage of the neighborhood.
Considering the odd shape of the plot and the lack of natural light in the property we had to use as much glass as possible to add a quality extension to the house.
This property produces 3.8 tonnes of CO2 and it is rated 57 D by EPC.
The glass up and above is 3.90 mt ca long, 1.4 mt ca wide and 0.6 mt ca tall and consists in 6 pieces of double glass panels, a small steel T beam and aluminium profiles.
|Planet Granite Uk Ltd||Devitts Green Farm|
Devitts Green Lane
Wood end Lane
|Marcus Clay||Steve Murphy||Planet granite|
This project was conceived by Steve for his Client Marcus Clay who wanted a Wow factor for his leisure: bar area for his farmhouse.
Steve selected the materials ( Patagonia Quartzite) from his supplier in Italy and created this stunning backlit 200mm thick low level preparation island that sits alongside the huge backlit bar that takes centre stage in the entertainment room, perfect for private parties with friends and family.
The bar is 75mm thick and is a very random Patagonia where as the low level island is nearly all crystal other than the very strategically places Miele flush fit hob.
Steve used tall Perspex rods to act as fibre optic supports for the book matched pieces for the low level island and smashed glass to support the pieces making up the bar tops, this meant that there was ‘no’ shadows showing how the materials are supported.
bar cost £35,000
The led lighting was also completed by Planet Granite including Samsung chips with aluminium heat sink.
Very difficult to fabricate all cut with 5 axis waterjet ensuring perfect joining to downstands and excellent pattern matching.
Patagonia Quartzite very unusual block was selected due to its almost’all crystal’ uniqueness.
The bookmatch slabs complement the design perfectly for the island and the 200mm thickness, whereas the random pattern Patagonia suits the layout of the bar tops, Planet Granite have also shown great consideration for the jointing on the bar tops.
I don’t believe there will be a similar home installation like this in the UK due to the complexity of the lighting installation and the Perspex supports with a very difficult material to fabricate.
Using natural stone for a bar top and incorporating LED lighting can be a sustainable design choice for several reasons:
1. Durability and Longevity: Natural stone, such as granite or marble, is incredibly durable and can last for decades, reducing the need for frequent replacements. This longevity minimizes resource consumption over time.
2. Reduced Maintenance: Stone surfaces are easy to clean and require minimal maintenance, reducing the use of chemical cleaners and water over the long term.
3. Energy Efficiency: LED lighting is energy-efficient and consumes less electricity compared to traditional lighting sources. This helps lower energy bills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Resource Efficiency: Stone is a natural resource, but it can often be sourced locally, reducing transportation-related carbon emissions. Additionally, stone is recyclable, and remnants can be reused in other projects.
5. Aesthetic Appeal: The use of natural stone and LED lighting can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the bar, attracting customers and potentially increasing revenue for the business.
6. Customization: LED lighting allows for creative and customizable design options, enabling unique and eye-catching effects without excessive energy consumption.
However, it's important to ensure responsible sourcing of natural stone to minimize environmental impact during extraction and processing. Additionally, using energy-efficient LED fixtures and controls can maximize sustainability benefits.
Overall, combining natural stone with LED lighting can create an attractive, durable, and sustainable bar top design when executed thoughtfully and responsibly.
The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with a marble worktop can vary depending on several factors, including the source of the marble, transportation, and the specific processes involved in extraction and manufacturing. On average, the carbon footprint for producing and installing a square meter of marble worktop can range from approximately 150 kg to 300 kg of CO2 emissions.
It's important to note that the carbon footprint can be influenced by factors such as the distance the marble travels in this instance the Jobsite is situated 4 miles from our factory.
The biggest issue we faced was actually placing the cut pieces onto the fibre optic rods without breaking the material or moving the rods , we had to place the pieces perfectly without the luxury having a second chance or being able to move the pieces afterwards.it was extremely scary as if we had had a breakage we did not have a second chance.
Edinburgh EH11 2QH
|Lidia Cetrangolo||Lidia Cetrangolo||N/A n/A|
The Tile Collection
Multipanel’s Tile Collection is the only tile-effect bathroom wall panel to be both Made in Britain and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® C128180) certified. Having originally launched in July 2022 with nine decors, 16 new decors are set to launch in July 2023 including metro and herringbone tile-effect panels.
Multipanel bathroom wall panels are durable which is reflected in their 30 year warranty, and demonstrated by their ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management.
Using panels in bathrooms alleviates worries about mess and mould as no grout is required.
Bathroom panels are also easy to maintain. There is no need for harsh bleach or chemicals for cleaning panels, all you need is warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Being 100% waterproof, makes them resistant to mould build up as no moisture can become trapped.
Multipanel makes sustainable specification easy. They use sustainable timber, which is Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC®) and Made in Britain certified and all panels are 100 % recyclable.
Multipanel bathroom wall panels are made of a decorative laminate layer and a core of high-performing Exterior Grade MDF. This type of MDF has been specifically designed to withstand long exposure to moisture and damp and offers excellent stability during installation. Sourced from the Republic of Ireland, our MDF has a lower environmental impact than other materials, making it the ideal core for Multipanel bathroom wall panels.
Multipanel makes sustainable specification easy. They use sustainable timber, which is Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC®) and Made in Britain certified and all panels are 100 % recyclable.
|studio ATARA||C208 The Chocolate Factory|
5 Clarendon Road
London N22 6XJ
London N7 8 GP
|Please confirm if required for this. I would like to seek permission from clients Tsirigotis||Timna Rose||Tommy Bourne|
studio ATARA were appointed to design a fresh, exciting scheme for an irregular shaped 7th floor luxury modern apartment that lacked any character or style. The essence of the overall brief was for a calm, zen, naturalistic environment, with stylish, character quirks. A strong emphasis on raw, non-toxic materials, with sustainability at the heart of every aspect of the design. With large fully openable glass doors leading to the impressive balcony, affording stunning views over North London, the space has an affinity with the outdoors, adding a biophilic energy to the main living area.
Being ethically aware and sensitive to impact on the environment, our clients live healthy, holistic lives; perfectly reflected throughout the property, in many of the design choices made.
Low level living was key for the family who wanted multifunctional spaces for eating, working, relaxing, exercising and socialising together, close to floor level.
Dusty, muted pops of colour and natural textures were added to bring life into the plain, generic interiors.
Remodelling and clever space planning were hugely important to the clients and their 2 young children throughout the whole apartment, which also lacked any right angled corners!
This included ample storage by way of stylish, natural joinery design and most importantly, transforming the poorly laid out, cramped, dark kitchen area, into a vibrant, inspiring space that was strong on both function, as well as form. Finishing off with eye catching splash-back tiles and stunning terrazzo flooring, creating a space the family could really enjoy being in.
Following the concept and initial design for the kitchen area, we worked with Antoine Guivarch at Concordia Interiors to bring his high end, sustainable, joinery detailing & build into the mix. Here he used his unique, bespoke, natural oiled, solid wood joinery; spray finishing the doors in Graphenstone natural paint for a soft, beautiful contrast to the tri-ply edged framework. Also adding the pull-up worktop extension and dining table, to give flexibility with extra space in these crucial areas.
Bridging the flow space between the kitchen and open plan living area, we created an upholstered reading nook with storage beneath and open cubby holes of various sizes above for books and items that were dear to the family. Seated here, the view out past the balcony with its incredible expanse of sky, is the perfect place to drift off into daydreams. This seating also doubles up as a small dining and work area with the pull up table, affording the family maximum flexibility.
With the living area beyond, we continued the reading nook shelving, across the full width of the back wall to create a focal bookcase. This was to house the family’s extensive collections of books and ephemera. Also giving us the opportunity to bring in some vibrant colour and the warmth of wood shelving; mirroring the tri-ply framed edging used throughout the kitchen, ensuring continuity in this open-plan space. Adding lots of plants to enhance the biophilic, natural feel.
Staying mindful of saving materials where we could, we kept the wood flooring throughout; sanding and waxing to keep it a refresh.
The office space took some clever layering with shelving and careful space planning to be functional enough for both to work in. Doubling up as a guest space, therefore requiring a sofa bed also!
The children's bedroom which had been rather cluttered, was given a light colourful transformation. Striking the balance between pops of colour for their fun toys and books and the need for calm energy in the bedroom.
We added a decorating detail to the long narrow hallway with reverse colour blocking to pick up on some of the colours used throughout the apartment to give the hallway a little added smart elegance coupled with brass ambient wall lighting.
Lastly, we successfully delivered on the task of housing the family’s life ‘stuff’ throughout the apartment into one place, by designing long but beautiful, slick storage in the narrow entrance way, to store everything from cleaning products, box files, drinks bar, photos, CDs, shoes, coats etc, incorporating upholstered seating for getting ready to leave/return home. Also allowing space for a hook to wall hang a bike!
Overall budget approx £60k
Kitchen units made of natural oiled solid spruce carcasses and solid beech doors, sprayed with Graphenstone natural non toxic paint. Antoine is highly principled with his furniture making, ensuring they adhere to non toxic, sustainable principles. This created solid, strong yet beautiful carcasses with no toxicity, VOCs or other harmful fumes either in their production or emitting in their fixed finished state.
Wall tiles from Marrakech Tiles, encaustic, unglazed to keep them in their raw state. Although we applied a water based matt sealant for practicality.
Terrazzo flooring from Diespecker. The colour combination of the deep forest green mortar, along with the coral pink and black aggregate, reflected the concept’s mood perfectly and were just gorgeously appealing. This was then honed, for a simple hue and also to ensure they were slip resistant if wet. Bringing strong yet compatible contrasting in with the otherwise gentle swathes of colour within the kitchen and surrounding areas.
The oak ply veneer for joinery storage to mirror the kitchen units with their tri-ply edged effect. Bringing the warmth of oak and the contrasting tri-ply effect which breaks up the graphic blocks of colour.
Wall paint throughout was either Graphenstone or Bulmer. The production and application of both includes no VOCs or plastics, even absorbing some CO2 from the air. The eclectic colour options are really beautiful and a perfect choice for this project in particular
Cane and rattan furniture and lighting was brought in to add texture and to continue the natural elemental theme
The whole brief centred around sustainability at the heart of every aspect of the design, with a strong emphasis on raw, non-toxic materials and finishes.
There was a bulky pillar in the centre of the kitchen area. Although this was structural, there was more boxing than needed. We stripped back as much of it as possible, although it had mains pipework going through it so we couldnt take too much away. We got creative, clawing back void space within the boxing for practical use in the kitchen. We managed to create a small floor to ceiling cut out of one corner to which we added shelving and other storage niches around the pipework.
Lead time for the gold column radiators kept getting extended which held up the completion of the build. However these were replacing the existing bland generic flat rads and made a big difference to the final design.
Providing enough storage for all the family’s life ‘stuff’ was a challenge as the best place for this was in the hallway which was very narrow. We designed shallow storage that spanned the first full length of the hallway with an all in one unit of drawers, cupboards, tall storage and shelving to house as much as possible. Even incorporating the alcoholic drinks, by designing doors with fluted glass frontage, to create more of an integrated cocktail cabinet!
Lastly, we carried some of the storage up and over an upholstered seating area with coats hooks and storage beneath. This ensured that all the coats, shoes and outdoor ware had somewhere organised to live and the family somewhere to get ready when leaving or arriving home.
This project set me on the route to place sustainability and the environment at the heart of all my design processes. To prioritise sustainable design principles going forward, as I develop the studio towards a more conscious design approach, especially in the commercial sector. I am now studying to be an Accredited Practitioner for the WELL building standard within the IWBI
|studio ATARA||C208 The Chocolate Factory,|
5 Clarendon Road
London N22 6XJ
14 St Mary's Road
Long Ditton KT6 5EY
|Please confirm if required for this. I would like to seek permission from clients Taylor||Timna Rose||Mat Lester|
The substantial period property had been renovated by previous owners as a neutral, generic location house for production shoots. As a result it was hard and echoey. The main aim was to bring life and character into the property’s nondescript backdrop. To stamp the family’s personality, make it their home.
This required clever space planning, ensuring the large room spaces felt more cosy and manageable, less clinical; whilst retaining the light, airy space and feel of the rooms. Furnishing & decoration ideas being key factors in achieving this, alongside acoustics, due to the vast room volumes. The family wanted easy living with clean, calm, practical aesthetics. Eye catching, key focal points and site lines; pops of colour; feature walls. A nod to a relaxed, eclectic aesthetic in places but not Boho or ostentatious. Humble, understated but still interesting.
Clever yet beautiful storage was required so joinery design was a big element of the project, as despite the spacious rooms, the only storage were simply facades from the room ‘sets’ of its previous occupants!
The couple needed to have a room each to work from for a flexible work/life balance and with fitness being key for the whole family, a gym space needed to be factored in.
We used a palette of muted colours, generally light but with some darker tones to add contrast, without losing sense of space. Almost monochromatic schemes in places with soft, natural textures and some colour for key points of interest. Adding soft furnishings or lighting with subtle details, to break up areas that would otherwise have been too bold or heavy.
Ambient lighting was introduced throughout the property by way of LED strips and wall lights, providing the comfort and cosiness the large rooms needed.
The entrance to the property sets the tone for the scheme. Pure wow factor but in a balanced, understated way. Intricate wood veneered coat storage and punchy yet soft orange upholstered bench seating with shoe storage beneath, bringing in the practical, in an anything but ordinary way. Finishes and materials balancing the ambiance with elegant style. The bespoke terrazzo floor-scape with its deep forest green and muted pink aggregate, draws all the elements into seamless harmony.
The front reception room, monochromatic contrasting and simple aesthetics, leads to a nurturing, inclusive, almost ethereal space with a serene colour scheme. The use of natural textured materials within the furniture and flooring, coupled with the dreamy mountain frieze, really lend themselves to go within and get creative.
The striking colours, contrasts, tones and textures used in the family room make it a perfect spot for them to enjoy cosy down time together. The imposing counterweighted ‘Planets’ lighting add drama and awe!
The vibrant yet soft orange and dusty pink walls in the gym, although a practical space for the family to exercise in, really plays with colour in a fresh, imaginative way. It includes a run of wall and ceiling pull-up bars for strength, resilience and fun exercising!
The guest cloakroom, although small, packs a real design punch. Specks of the stone colours in the terrazzo flooring continuing from the hallway, marry with the other finishes. Soft orange wc boxing, forest green concrete skirting, dusty pink concrete basin, raw brass taps and vertical grey bamboo stick tiles. These colours also subtly, delicately reflect in the handmade patterned wall covering.
The star player on the first floor, the master bedroom, was a vast yet impractical room, which needed to be imaginatively re-modelled and zoned, addressing the need for balance with the ratio between sleeping/dressing areas and ensuite. We wanted to give our clients something extra special for their own room so designed a calming scheme, bringing in ample storage and task areas with the emphasis on stylish materials and finishes - using wood veneer, brass handles and textured fabrics for wardrobes, island, dressing table and window seat storage.
For the top floor we gave the children their own personal space that reflected their creative and sporty personalities, allowing for plenty of space to hangout with friends. Some fun elements such as neon yellow monkey bars, layered sleepover daybed, full width floating desk with storage, giant abstract leaf mural and hanging chair make for perfect teenage living.
Project budget approx £500k
Bespoke Terrazzo, stunning effect with its complex, striking patterning. Stone clusters peppering the expansive floor area, whilst adding a unique combination of colour and tone.
Cork floor in workroom brings understated style, acoustic and thermal properties, with good sustainability credentials.
Dreamy mountain frieze in workroom, allows the creative mind to swish around in its unique, happy place.
Wallcovering in teen boy’s room with graphic grid; part paper model, part-origami. Perfect backdrop for the studious sport lover.
Wallcovering in teen girl’s room, a tropical splash statement. Bright, fun and full of character, reflecting her personality perfectly.
Wallcovering for guest bathroom, delicate hand printed repeat pattern tying in the colours of the room. Subtle yet striking addition.
Wood veneers with unique patterning for bespoke joinery. Internal panelling in wardrobes, cupboards and dressing room island.
Hardware finishes ranging from raw brass to matt antique bronze for consistency throughout. Including bathrooms, handles, hinges, lighting, switches and sockets
Dusty pink concrete basin in the guest bathroom, a contemporary take on a traditional bucket sink, with fluted exterior and curved form, the matt finish and tone effortlessly blends with overall scheme.
Counterweighted light feature in family and reception rooms bringing drama and awe with their size, sumptuous smoked glass and bronze finishes and overall arrangement. Weight and pulley system precisely calibrates, for ease of height adjustment.
Wall paint chosen from studio ATARA’s own ‘Meraki’ paint range at Fenwick and Tilbrook
Full spectrum daylight LED bulbs used throughout for energy efficiency. To also help improve the family's circadian rhythm, as well as improving their microbiome
On-site or locally made bespoke joinery and other bespoke items chosen to omit the carbon impact of cheap, mass produced furniture and key pieces from overseas
Using local trades to help both the local economy and reduce the carbon footprint of the site team
Consideration was given to minimise wastage, wherever possible
Consideration was given to minimise the carbon footprint of all items sourced and purchased for the project throughout
Consideration given to the lifespan of every item sourced and purchased. Focusing on long term durability to avoid quick turn over of items - quality rather than low budget for the key furniture pieces and finishes
All window dressings and upholstery bespoke made by local family run business trading for over 140 years of trading.
Engineered European Oak wood flooring, manufactured and finished off in the UK. Chosen with 6mm wear layer to ensure long term maintenance whilst also minimising the amount of solid wood used
Low or no VOCs for finishes and production where possible
No oil based sealants, varnish or paints used minimising VOC’s
All windows replaced to draft proof the property with double glazing, whilst using wood frames to match and honour the style of the property’s local environment
The biggest issue faced was with the terrazzo flooring. We spent 6 months working with the manufacturer to get a sample of the exact colour combination and concentration spread of the aggregate. This exact 'recipe' was passed to the installer but unfortunately the mix wasn't right. The clusters of the stones were uneven and patchy. Remedial work to uncover and bring out the natural beauty of these went on for over 6 months. Further work continued to improve the quality of the smooth, honed finish, in order to meet the expectations of both the clients and ourselves.
Previously undiscovered damp rose up under the cork floor in what had been the calm, peaceful, tranquil, heavenly workroom. This was later discovered to have been made worse because of the expansion gap being slightly too large when initially laid. Therefore, the warping and rising of the cork planks was made worse
We were determined to use the exact runner carpet initially chosen at concept stage, as the colours and weave texture from the sample was perfect but despite changing suppliers, lead still times kept creeping up! We also faced problems with the split landing and how the joins would sit due to it's width. This was resolved by having them specially sewn before fitting
The delivery team for the sofa in the family room damaged the newly uncovered wood floor leaving some deep scratches. This was easily rectified with the help of our amazing invisible repair magician, Attila from TLC Interior Repair
London WC1X 0ES
,Sunderland SR1 3EY
|Sunderland City Council||Tonkin Liu||Sir Robert McAlphine Ltd|
Sundersea is an immersive interactive facade artwork inspired by Sunderland’s historic relationship with the sea. The artwork, made from 3mm anodised aluminium, spans a total length of approximately 200 meters and is 16 meters tall. A perforated veil wrapping the new Riverside Multi Storey car park, Sundersea acts as a gateway to the new Riverside development.
Inspired by etchings of the sea, a diminishing perspective of waveforms is achieved through perforation, creating a play between light and dark, open and closed. From the image of the sea diminishing into the horizon at a large scale to the scale of a single wave whereby illusions of three dimensional form are created, the act of deriving an image through perforation is pushed to the limit, forming a dynamic artwork.
Animated by light from inside and out, the perforate skin acts as a delicate glowing veil, inspired by Sunderland’s industrial heritage and the use of the Davy lamp in mining. The reflective sea catches the colour of the sky and the changing weather as the cars inside are covered in dappled light. At dusk, the sea is brought to life by pairs of eyes, headlights and taillights that move within the glowing sea. The eye of the sea overlooks the land as Galley’s Gill becomes the place to witness the sea of light in the sky. The sea is grounded by two green islands, the cores that act as the focal points for visitor orientation and spearhead biodiversity in the wider landscape.
Sundersea not only reflects Sunderland’s proud sea-side history but also provides a symbolic narrative for Sunderland’s next phase as a smart city, with the cars parked inside it increasingly powered by North Sea wind energy.
Completion - April 2023
The material selected to create the perforated screen was 3mm-thick aluminum, chosen for its unique qualities. As the fabrication process involved each panel to be punched to open percentages ranging between 30-50%, it was imperative that the chosen material could facilitate the recycling of any excess generated during this process. Aluminum’ attribute of infinite recyclability made it the perfect material choice for this particular application.
The perforated aluminum panels were given a clear anodised finish, enhancing the artistic intention of the facade as a dynamic, ever-changing seascape etching amplified by light and darkness. The subtly reflective nature of the anodised finish creates a play between opacity and transparency, seamlessly transitioning between day and night, and reflecting hues of the sky.
Beyond its aesthetic contributions, the anodised finish also delivers practical benefits. It serves as a protective shield against the natural elements and weathering, ensuring that the intended experience of the space would endure over time, preserving the captivating interplay of light, shadow, and color.
The choice of aluminum over alternative materials, such as steel, stemmed from its superior sustainability credentials. Aluminum possesses the remarkable quality of being infinitely recyclable and it boasts a substantially lower carbon footprint when compared to alternative metal cladding options: aluminum's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are one-third of those associated with steel.
The application of anodising to the aluminum panels contributed to their longevity and durability. This process acted as a protective shield, guarding the aluminum against the corrosive effects of external elements, ultimately preserving its infinite recyclability.
The expansive sea of perforated aluminum is framed by two green walls positioned at the two cores of the car park. These walls serve as a habitat for a diverse array of plant species, exceeding 50,000 individual plants, playing a pivotal role in enhancing the biodiversity of the surrounding area, stretching down into Galley's Gill and the River Wear.
Lighting Design: SEAM
|Aqua Architecture||163A Studland Road|
London W7 3QY
London BR1 2AD
|Robert Dickman||Alia Beyg||Kent Construction Group|
Welcome to the captivating Arts and Crafts Butterfly House, a one-of-a-kind residence nestled in the heart of Bromley, London. This architectural gem, with its distinctive butterfly shape, is a testament to the harmonious convergence of artistic expression, sustainability, mindfulness, and clever design within a conservation area.
The Arts and Crafts Butterfly House isn't just a dwelling; it's a work of art that seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings. The butterfly wings, gracefully stretching out, symbolize a commitment to organic architecture and a deep connection to the environment. The exterior is a canvas of sustainable features, with discreetly integrated sustainable design principles that contribute to eco-friendly living.
As you approach this unique abode, the lush greenery surrounding the house sets the stage for a holistic living experience. Sustainability is not just a design choice; it's a lifestyle embraced at every corner of the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House. The thoughtful use of recycled and repurposed materials throughout the interior underscores a commitment to reducing environmental impact. From the reclaimed wood flooring to the upcycled furniture, every element tells a story of mindful living.
Step inside, and you'll find yourself immersed in an environment designed to evoke mindfulness and creativity. The open layout of the house invites an abundance of natural light, creating a serene and uplifting atmosphere. Large windows strategically placed throughout the butterfly wings provide panoramic views of the surrounding greenery, fostering a sense of connection with nature.
The living spaces are a showcase of sustainable design principles. The walls are adorned with low-VOC paint, contributing to indoor air quality, and energy-efficient LED lighting illuminates the rooms. The butterfly shape of the house isn't just for aesthetics; it facilitates passive ventilation, allowing for a constant flow of fresh air and minimizing the need for artificial climate control.
A key feature of the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House is the dedicated arts and crafts studio. Bathed in natural light streaming through carefully positioned windows, this space is a haven for creative pursuits. The studio is equipped with sustainable art supplies and materials, aligning with the commitment to eco-friendly living. Here, residents can immerse themselves in the joy of artistic expression, fostering a sense of mindfulness and relaxation.
The butterfly wings also serve a practical purpose in creating outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate with the interior. Decks and patios extend from the wings, providing residents with private outdoor retreats surrounded by the beauty of the carefully landscaped gardens. Native plants and drought-resistant landscaping not only contribute to the aesthetics but also support local biodiversity and water conservation efforts.
In the heart of Bromley, the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House stands as a beacon of sustainable living, artistic inspiration, and clever design within a conservation area. It is a home where the principles of mindfulness and creativity converge with eco-friendly design. As of the completion on the 12th of July 2023, the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House invites you to a residence that goes beyond the ordinary, inviting you to spread your wings and embrace a life of mindful creativity amidst the clever design within this cherished conservation area.
In crafting our architectural narrative, the "Sustainable Elegance" chapter unfolds as a symphony of purposeful material choices, each resonating with a unique rationale. Our preference for contemporary brick solutions for exteriors transcends mere aesthetics; it finds its roots in a conscientious effort to harmonize with the conservation area that surrounds the project. The warm hues and textured surfaces of these bricks not only pay homage to the timeless charm of the locale but also seamlessly integrate the structure within its historical context, fostering a sense of harmony and continuity.
Simultaneously, our embrace of expansive glass elements isn't merely about capturing natural light; it's a conscious decision rooted in sustainability. By strategically positioning these contemporary glass installations, we seek to optimize energy efficiency, reducing our reliance on artificial lighting. This approach not only aligns with sustainable design principles but also establishes a dynamic relationship between the built environment and the natural world, fostering a sense of environmental interconnectedness.
In essence, our material choices go beyond mere functionality; they embody a thoughtful dialogue between tradition, sustainability, and contemporary elegance. This chapter stands as a testament to our dedication to creating spaces that not only respect historical contexts but also actively contribute to a more sustainable and harmonious architectural future.
Woven into our architectural narrative, the pivotal theme of Access to Nature takes center stage in a sustainable chapter where biophilic principles guide our design to enhance occupant well-being. Recognizing humanity's intrinsic connection to nature, our spaces are meticulously curated to integrate sustainable biophilic elements. This unfolds through strategic greenery, the use of locally sourced and recycled materials, and the creation of visually open spaces, all aimed at fostering a profound connection with the natural environment while minimizing our ecological footprint. Prioritizing the transformative power of light, our architecture ensures well-illuminated spaces through the strategic placement of energy-efficient windows, skylights, and the thoughtful integration of recycled glass elements, not only illuminating interiors but also inspiring and motivating occupants sustainably. Further enhancing the occupant experience, we optimize temperature and ventilation, understanding that sustainable climate comfort is integral to a distraction-free environment. Through energy-efficient and sustainably sourced ventilation systems and climate control mechanisms, we harmonize temperature and airflow to create conditions conducive to focus, productivity, and overall well-being. In essence, this chapter stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to enriching the human experience by seamlessly weaving biophilia, natural light, and optimal sustainable climate conditions into the fabric of our architectural vision.
|Fauske Marble by Moser||Vesterbrogade 14|
|Susan Moser||Susan Moser||Fauske Marble by Moser Moser|
There is no specific project, but the Norwegian Rose Marble can be used for any surfaces, it is hard wearing and very decorative
All the marbles from the Norwegian Rose quarry are hard wearing, durable with low maintenance.
|Polysmiths Ltd||27 Lady Somerset Rd|
London NW5 1TX
|Confidential Information||Charles Wu||Enviro Building Company|
Architecture studio Polysmiths built a 3-bedroom house on an infill plot in East London, using cork and other sustainable materials available during the pandemic.
The rectangular brownfield site is hidden from the main street and surrounded by the typical walled gardens of the neighbouring terraced houses. This prompted the architect to seek out innovative ways of laying out and introducing daylight to the interior.
3 courtyards were introduced to bring in light into the long plot. These internally facing courtyards also create cross ventilation throughout the spaces. Planning requirements limited the overall height of the building, so part of the site was excavated to drop the floor level by half a storey, resulting in a split-level interior. Cork House’s entrance leads into a hallway that connects with the open-plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. A centrally located lightwell and staircase separates this space from two bedrooms and a shower room to the rear of the house. The two wings help distinguish between the public and private parts of the ground floor. The dining room and living area is somewhere we can have parties and then the other more intimate wing contains the bedrooms.
The main courtyard is lined with fully openable folding glass doors, creating an indoor-outdoor living space that is inspired by the time Wu spent living in Australia during his childhood. The lower ground floor contains the main bedroom, which looks onto a deeper second courtyard. The en-suite bathroom also receives daylight from the corner lightwell.
The project was completed In January 2022 – with a completion cost of £375,000.
The house is built using locally sourced timber and lime plaster, with cork panelling applied to the internal and external walls. It demonstrated that, other than increasing a design's sustainable credentials, it also reduced the cost uncertainties for a project.
Harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, cork is highly insulating and was treated to meet fire-proofing regulations. Cork was previously seen only as cavity insulation, but as a finish, the material has a multi-sensory quality that brought a further dimension to the project: cork smells wonderful, like slightly charred wood.
It is true that to achieve a net-zero building, the incorporation of active sustainable technologies (PV panels and heat-pumps) is essential. However, architects must first look at passive designs to achieve buildings that are more efficient and comfortable.
The cork house is oriented so the shorter elevation faces north. 3 courtyards are positioned to bring in light and cross-ventilation to the spaces. The master bedroom is located on the sunken level for better cooling. South facing windows are set on the internal face of the cladding to creating shading. Cork sheets lining the wall increase the thermal performance of the cavity walls.
The project could not be more relevant to our times, as it tackles multiple challenges including how to intensify unused infill plots for new homes, how to build adaptably when facing the fast-changing socioeconomic landscapes during the Coronavirus pandemic, and how architects can lead the discussions of more sustainable construction through rigorous research and risk taking.
During lockdowns, while most commonly used construction materials, such as concrete, plasterboard and plywood, became too expensive for the project, most sustainable materials used in this project had not. The project thus opted for materials that didn't have supply chain issues and could actually enhance the building's sustainability credentials.
Photography credits to Lorenzo Zandri
|IONIC STONE||Unit 9 Porters Wood|
Valley Road Industrial Estate
St Albans AL3 6PQ
London E1W 2BD
|Berkeley Group||Berkeley Group||OEP Developers|
The site consists of luxury apartment blocks in a very affluent and central location of london based close to some londons most key landmarks. The development consists of 2 to 3 bedroom apartments all produced off site with the latest construction methodology. The exciting new destination featuring 7.5 acres of beatiufully lanscaped open spaces and magnificient choreographed central water features and 1800 high quality homes. This apartment block consists of 200 pods, which were produced at a manufacturing facility and put together at the development site. These products were supplied to the second block of an ongoing project due to be complete over the next few years. We are now in the process of moving onto the third stage of this project with talks now in place for the third blocks design scheme.
St Georges wanted to create an elegant and beautiful design scheme for this project, and with our extensive range of unique and innovative format options we were more than equipped to help. After a number of discussions, it was decided that marble sourced from Turkey complimented with porcelain from the far east would be the perfect solution to make this vision come to life. St Georges wanted to offer their buyers both a white and black colour scheme option for their apartments, titled 'dusk' and 'dawn'. The black colour scheme (dusk) bathroom featured our St Laurent Hexagon marble on the floor, mixed with bold St Laurent Marble vanity units and a simplistic black metro tile on the walls to compliment.. For buyers that preferred a lighter colour scheme (dawn), our Mugla white Hexagons were used on the floor along with Mugla White vanity units and white marble affect metro tiles on the walls, these metro tiles were also then used in the kitchen space. All of the marble hexagons and vanity units were produced at our factory plant in Turkey using our own state of the art modern machinery.
The biggest advantage of supplying projects with natural stone sourced from Turkey is that we have our own manufatcuring facilities, these tiles and mosaics were produced and supplied from one quarry.
We abide by and endeavour to exceed the expectation of national and international laws and regulations, and produce goods within the framework of a management system that improves our care for the environment.
To reduce waste (off-cuts etc),
The main issue we encountered as we developed through this project was when we found that the UK based fabricator initially contracted to cut the slabs we supplied for the vanity units weren't able to. As a solution to this issue, we then decided to step in and have all of the vanity units produced and cut to size in Turkey in our own factory plant. Overall, it became a very cost effective solution for the developer in the long run.
We as a company are always looking to find innovative ways to develop our designs and processes, we have developed our production methods and are now supplying our own patent machines to factories across the globe with our partners Breton.
|Bjelin||Park View Business Centre|
Whitchurch SY13 4AL
Whitchurch SY13 4AL
|Bjelin Bjelin||Emanuel Lidberg||Bjelin Bjelin|
The Bjelin range of hardened wood flooring features technologies invented by its sister company Välinge. These technologies are Woodura® - a patented surface technology which provides outstanding durability and is also highly sustainable; and 5G® Dry™ - a water-resistant fold-down system unique among hard wood flooring products because of its ease of installation and water resistance. These are the next generation of highly innovative hardened wood floors.
These products are pioneering a technological revolution for the flooring industry and leading the transition from traditional glued tongue-and-groove flooring to today’s modern click technology.
The Woodura technology involves fusing a thin sheet of real wood veneer with a Compositek™ wood fibre core through a powder mix layer. The powder mix completely fills the natural gaps within the wood, while also enhancing the wood’s appearance. It eliminates the need for a wood-filler and creates a significantly stronger surface with a hardness three times greater than a traditional solid wood floor - more solid than a plank! Compared to traditional wood flooring, the durability of the wood wear layer is massively increased.
5G® Dry™ is a premium water-resistant fold-down system which is unique among hard wood flooring products on account of its ease of installation and its high water resistance. The 5G® locking system is a single action installation method suitable for all types and widths of floor products, and prevents water from penetrating into the joints of the floor panels.
5G® Climb™ is a variant which comprises innovative technology for wall mounting. Based on the proven 5G® Fold Down system, 5G® Climb™ uses the panels as battens and with specially designed clips, the panels are attached instantly to the battens, without any tools. The wall panels can be placed horizontally, vertically or in herringbone pattern. In this way, the floor can be made to ‘climb up the wall’, ensuring a perfect match between floor and wall.
Bjelin now offers a full range of sizes, following the recent launch of its Small, Medium and Large versions, which are a perfect complement to the larger and wider XXL (2378 x 271mm) and XL (2200 x 206mm) floor planks.
These new Small panels measure 1170 x 151 x 9.2mm to fit easily into cars and vans, while the new Medium panels are 2000 x 151 x 9.2mm, and Large panels being 2000 x 180 x 9.2mm are also easy to handle and transport. The range of sizes also increases the number of creative floor patterns which are possible.
Bjelin Hardened Wood floors are customised for both the residential and the commercial sectors. Bjelin offers a broad range of formats, designs and colours, from Scandinavian-inspired whites and greys to traditional warmer tones, and darker hues offering plenty of character.
The new sizes are available in Pro Matt Lacquer. The extremely durable surface makes the floor easy to maintain, while protecting it from stains, making it ideal for heavy traffic areas like hotels, restaurants, offices and shops – or the entrance of a home. The recent addition of a Hard Wax Oil surface in XL and XXL sizes, also makes the product ideal for the hotel and heavy traffic hospitality sector.
Where Bjelin hardened wood floors are installed on commercial projects, it is easy to see how the aesthetic advantages combine with the other benefits of durability, ease of installation and sustainability to create a winning solution for clients.
The Bjelin range is available in oak, ash and walnut. The majority is oak since this grows in abundance close to the company’s production facilities in Croatia. It also sources ash, which has an attractive grain and typically a lighter and warmer colour. There is an even more distinct grain in walnut, giving a richer and darker colour.
Bjelin products were recently specified on a stunning refurb job in Central London, which highlighted both the functionality and the outstanding aesthetic qualities of the range. The company supplied 450m² of hardened wood flooring to meet the customer’s requirements. They were looking for maximum durability, a strong position on sustainability and the most aesthetic and stylish flooring available. Bjelin was able to tick all those boxes.
A further project was an elegant 250 square metre renovation project for a design gallery in Belgravia, London, which highlights the functionality and outstanding aesthetic qualities of the Bjelin range, for which Bjelin supplied its XXL Oak Nature – Natural.
Bjelin has created a smarter, greener way to manufacture hardwood flooring and has invested in a new state-of-the-art 14,000 m2 production facility in Sweden. It has also built a new factory in Ogulin, Croatia which extends the overall available production capacity to over 20 million m2. The company’s production facilities are located near to its timber sources, which are FSC-certified, to avoid extended supply lines.
Bjelin’s hardened wood floors use timber much more efficiently. Only a tenth of the material normally used in hardwood flooring is required for the timber used in Woodura®. Hardened wood flooring with Woodura® technology is made with oak, ash and walnut that come from sustainable sources of timber with FSC certification.
The company is fully aware that the flooring sector has to play its part in the crucial drive towards sustainability and improved environmental performance. The company has demonstrated, through its history and expertise, that innovation is the way forward to achieve important climate change goals in the flooring sector.
It is leading the way by developing products which minimise the use of raw materials, and where raw materials are used, that this is carried out sustainably and responsibly. The flooring industry needs products which are easily separable and which, where possible, do not require the use of adhesives. Bjelin’s click flooring meets this requirement.
|Diamik Glass||Unit 1 Aneal Business Centre|
Cross Green Approach
Cross Green Approach
|Robert Hughes||Michael Pickup||Michael Pickup|
ecorok™ is a sustainable solid surface material made from 85% recycled glass waste within a 15 mile radius of our UK manufacturing facility in Leeds, West Yorkshire. As an alternative to mined and imported materials such as granite and quartz, ecorok™ offers both domestic and commercial clients a British Made alternative to meet sustainable briefs and some UK regulations and certification requirements such as BREEL & WELL.
The waste raw materials used in the manufacture of ecorok™ are all sourced in the UK within a 10-mile radius of our factory. All materials are collected directly by Diamik Glass to ensure total traceability of all material. This level of control and limited use of transport reduces the carbon footprint to an absolute minimum. Our ability to source new material in a tight local area is substantial and with more and more clients choosing to take a greener option we can only expand our target to eliminate single use products.
Due to the cold manufacturing process used to make Ecorok™ the company uses minimal energy consumption. In-house recycling measures also ensure the company uses very little water, with all water being recycled and rainwater harvested from the factory roof. ecorok™ is completely recyclable at the end of its lifetime. It can be crushed and reused to make new ecorok™ products repeatedly.
ecorok™ is hugely versatile and has many design surface applications including worktops, wall panels, tiles, and floor coverings. As a mould-made product the design options are endless. We can also manufacture the material in three dimensions with moulded forms, drop-down edges and translucent sections. LEDs can be set into the material.
At Diamik Glass, we stand at the forefront of innovation in sustainable glass solutions. With a deep commitment to environmental responsibility, we are redefining the possibilities of glass to create a positive impact on our world.
Our journey is rooted in transforming waste glass into works of art that are not only beautiful but also sustainable. Through meticulous research and development, we’ve pioneered the art of turning discarded glass into ecorok™ and decorok™—functional worksurfaces that stand as a testament to our dedication to the circular economy.
As a trailblazer in the manufacturing industry, we embrace the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint, one recycled glass surface at a time. Our holistic approach reaches beyond our products to encompass our team, our customers, our environment, and our community. We value our diverse team, providing them with a platform for growth and collaboration that drives our collective success.
Diamik Glass is not just a manufacturer; we are catalysts for change. We’re weaving sustainability into the fabric of every decision, forging long-lasting partnerships, and fostering a brighter future for generations to come. Our commitment to integrity, transparency, and innovation fuels our journey, igniting a passion to create, a responsibility to the environment, and a profound impact on the world.
ecorok™ is made from up to 85% recycled materials. The glass is 100% waste material destined for landfill which has been collected and re-processed solely by Diamik in order that we can verify its provenance. The resin is a non-emitting, non-toxic, purpose-designed material. No Energy is used in the production of Ecorok panels.
As a relatively new startup we currently adopt a ISO 14021 self declaration environmental claims 2020 standard, but we are currently in the process of obtaining EPD's for our products.
We manufacture surfaces from end of life glass, reject glass and surplus glass, destined for landfill. The glass is crushed to create cullet and then processed to create surfaces capable of being used again in our manufacturing process. Our products are produced in two forms:
No 1. Glass cullet is sintered, in specialist kilns, to fuse the glass cullet together to form a solid slab which is structurally sound and capable of being used in a variety of markets.
Our activity saves hundreds of tons of glass waste going to landfill and with the assistance of the construction and refit industries we can increase these volumes year on
Our factory is based in the heart of a major glass production sector and as such we are able to provide a vital service to this industry in removing and reusing rejected, unusable glass from their sites. Our locality is essential in reducing the transport impact on the environment We do not use any energy derived from fossil fuels in our manufacture process, with 75% coming from renewable sources.
29 Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 5SQ
London EC1M 3JB
|No Client||Bert Frank||Bert Frank|
Bert Frank, the premium British lighting brand based in London and Birmingham, has expanded their renowned Beran range with the new Beran Drop Chandelier 3.
Designed and manufactured from its flagship production base in Birmingham, UK, Beran merges traditional raw materials like brass and alabaster with modern engineering techniques, resulting in a harmonious product that exudes sophistication, grace and durability.
The Drop Chandelier combines three large alabaster stone diffusers in a dynamic, linear formation for show-stopping impact that will leave a lasting impression. The unique veining of each stone diffuser is particularly noticeable in this formation, highlighting the inherent beauty in the natural material.
The 2023 Beran range expansion marks an exciting new era for Bert Frank and its overaching collection of timeless lighting designs. Beran seamlessly integrates functionality, style and quality into contemporary lighting pieces that are suitable for most elevated commercial and residential spaces.
The Beren Drop Chandlier is available to purchase form October 2023 – prices starting from £4,995 due to the finishes chosen.
Known for it’s refined, circular form and trademark brushed brass fixtures, the Beran Drop Chandelier is made using coveted white alabaster from the pristine quarries of Aragón, Northern Spain. The carefully formed light diffusers exemplify the delicate balance between luxury and modernity, one of the key characteristics the Art Deco movement is revered for.
Alabaster has a wonderful softness, while being surprisingly robust, and the natural creamy white marbling creates a very gentle light that is calming and welcoming – with it being used for the Beran Drop Chandelier not only adds a touch of opulence but also showcases the natural beauty of the fine-grained stone – key details that can be focused and admired within the chandelier.
The metalwork of the Beran Drop Chandlier is available in four standard finishes: Brushed Brass, Antique Brass, Dark Bronze, Satin Nickel.
All products are manufactured to order in Birmingham, the manufacturing capital of England, known as the ‘workshop of the world’. The city has a rich industry of heritage and history of engineering excellence, offering serval advantages for sustainability. With locally produced products, the required transportation is reduced, leading to lower carbon emissions.
Bert Frank also consider their use of materials across all of their business, from sourcing to delivery. Having never subscribed to a throwaway culture, manufacturing all its products to order in the UK and using natural materials that are recycled and reproposed.
Alabaster is a beautiful, fine-grained stone, however it is also prone to breakage and deterioration if handled or stored improperly, prone to scratches and bruising – therefore it must be cared for in the correct manner.
Michael Evesque, Managing Director at Bert Frank, said: “Following the Beran Wall Light’s increased popularity and growth in consumer demand in our key markets around the world, we are thrilled to announce this new chapter for one of our best-selling ranges. Prior to this launch, Beran only existed as a wall sconce, but now we have truly tapped into the potential of the range to create a family of elegant lighting products that embody beauty, timelessness and quality.”
|Saimex Srl||Via Trieste 101/U|
|ROSCHMANN Konstruktionen aus Stahl und Glas GmbH||Lund Hagem Architects Atelier Oslo architects||ROSCHMANN Konstruktionen aus Stahl und Glas GmbH|
FIBRA FAÇADE structural frames in fiberglass for the Oslo Deichman Library.
Completion date: end of March 2020.
Fibra by Saimex
Fibra by Saimex ensures energy performance standards that are impossibile to achieve thorugh traditional materials, such as steel and aluminium in the same section.
|Selina-Jayne Designs Limited||4 Claughton Street|
|Selina-Jayne Topham||Selina-Jayne Topham||Selina-Jayne Topham|
The project comprises of several pieces of bas-relief sculpture which can be set into a wall or framed as a wall hanging. Around 50 sculptures of varying size have been produced. The cost of these sculptures range from £1000 to £8000 GBP depending on size and complexity. Each bas-relief sculpture combines the ancient art of glass forming dating back to 1650BC in Mesopotamia known as core forming and a fabric manipulation technique dating to around the fourteenth century in Sicily. By combining these two process' with artistic inspiration from various sources, an unique Trapunto Art bas-relief sculpture can be produced. All sculptures have been produced and many are in storage.
The actual structure of the Trapunto Art Bas-Relief is made from the highest quality glass. This enables the complex horizontal voids to be formed by heat in a kiln. Hand dyed silk fibres and other recycled articles are then placed within the voids and then sealed. This process took nearly 10 years to develop and perfect and is totally original and has never been shown in public before. I believe it would add to the creative decor categories of the Surface Design Award.
All inclusions within the glass voids come from recycled materials. They may also be removed and replaced by other recycled materials. The glass itself can be re kiln formed to produce other glass objects if desired.
The main issue was creating a stable voided structure within the glass which was eventually overcome by following a MA in Glass and PhD in applied art.
The three dimensional surface creates amazing visual effects depending on the light source used for example if daylight is used, the sun moves around and the colours of the inclusions change. There are very different visual effects with artificial lighting for example a LED strip light will bounce the light rays at different angles creating added depth to the bas-relief structure.
|Matter||Rua da Telheira, 70, 2º|
Worldwide Non applicable
|Non applicable Non applicable||Non applicable Non applicable||Non applicable Non applicable|
In a world where waste is a costly burden for both our planet and the companies that produce it, we like to say Waste is the New Luxury. Our society remains caught in the grips of excessive wastefulness. Almost ten years ago, we embarked on a transformative journey, upcycling the discards of producing our beloved products into remarkable, sustainable materials.
We believe there is no better way to tell the story of the companies than through the waste they generate.
CASTA is crafted from grape stalks, one of the often-overlooked byproducts of wine production. Our design philosophy embraces the raw beauty of these stalks, utilizing them in their natural state to harness their inherent aesthetic qualities, captivating colors, and exquisite textures. This approach not only showcases the distinctive characteristics of each grape variety but also pays homage to the organic charm and rich history of winemaking.
The client brief for our collaborations has been centered around leveraging the waste generated by these companies as a narrative thread, showcasing the transformative power of sustainable design. Our target audience encompasses individuals and businesses that prioritize eco-conscious choices, seeking innovative solutions that embody both beauty and sustainability.
As a testament to our commitment to quality and sustainable practices, CASTA proudly carries the "Made in Portugal" label. Our skilled team, working in conjunction with our suppliers, ensures meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the manufacturing process, resulting in a product that meets the highest standards of craftsmanship and environmental responsibility.
With this material we have embarked on exciting collaborations with some companies from LVMH that are slated for release still in 2023. We have been working on several projects with MSC Cruises on their newest line on sustainable ships. We are helping to redefine luxury through sustainable choices.
CASTA has recently made it onto the Dezeen Awards 2023 sustainability longlist. From over 4,800 entries from 94 countries to Dezeen Awards this year, CASTA is one of the 15 sustainability projects that are in the running to win an award later this year in the Sustainability - Material Innovation category.
We recognize since the beginning the potential in waste materials to serve as valuable resources for the creation of new materials. Our journey has been deliberately understated online, as we understand that true innovation requires time, dedication, and meticulous effort. In an era where self-proclaimed material scientists flood social media platforms with their experiments, we have chosen to remain in the background, steadfastly working towards a robust and practical solution, that surpasses the realms of experimentation and can be seamlessly integrated into real-world applications.
Throughout our journey, we have had the privilege of exploring various grape varieties, each showcasing its unique characteristics. It is truly remarkable to witness the distinct qualities that different grape varieties possess. Just as these grape varieties yield diverse wines, we discovered that the stalks from different grape varieties produce distinct panels, giving birth to our product's name: CASTA (= "grape variety" in Portuguese), which represents the essence of each grape variety.
CASTA stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to material innovation and our commitment to solving the challenges of waste in a transformative way. Through our efforts, we strive to create a lasting impact on both the environment and the industries we touch.
A significant milestone achieved this year was the successful development of CASTA in block form (like cork), which opens new possibilities for the material, enabling its integration into a wide range of applications: wall coverings, furniture, packaging and interior design.
Our mission revolves around the crucial question: How much do we take from the planet and how much do we give back? At the heart of our approach is a commitment to fostering a closed-loop society, utilizing the waste generated by highly consumed and continuously produced products that we hold dear. By bringing visibility to the production waste, we create products that are not only cherished but also imbued with a sense of uniqueness and significance, reigniting our connection with the untapped value inherent in nature.
One prominent example of our transformative approach lies in the large quantity of residual grapes and stalks generated by the wine industry. Often, these wastes are either converted into ashes or simply disposed of in landfills. Such practices can lead to soil damage, air pollution, and the release of greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide during decomposition and anaerobic degradation. The concentration of grape stalks during specific periods further exacerbates potential pollution issues, contributing to global warming and climate change. Moreover, limited landfill space can result in additional challenges, such as odors and noise pollution.
CASTA addresses the pressing issue of waste in the wine production process while championing the principles of circularity and sustainability. By utilizing grape stalks and embracing re-use, we reduce the depletion of our planet's precious resources and champion the principle of keeping what we already have in use for the longest possible time. Our commitment to transforming waste into valuable resources paves the way for a brighter future, where industries, the environment, and consumers can thrive in unison.
Recognizing these environmental concerns, we have focused our efforts on repurposing grape stalks through CASTA. By transforming this problematic waste into a valuable resource, we not only minimize waste generation but also contribute to a more circular economy. Our core strategy revolves around maximizing re-use, breathing new life into grape stalks by upcycling them into sensory and sustainable materials. Through this process, we extend the lifespan of the waste material, reducing the reliance on virgin resources. We actively explore ways to incorporate recycled content and foster circularity throughout our manufacturing processes, further minimizing our environmental footprint.
Our materials capture the essence of each grape variety, infusing our panels with a captivating blend of texture, color, and sensory elements. The resulting CASTA panels reflect the inherent beauty and individuality of each grape variety, providing a unique and engaging experience for our clients.
By transforming this waste into a valuable resource, we aim to contribute to a more sustainable and circular economy.
|GRIVEN||Via Bulgaria 16|
Castel Goffredo 46042
Castel Goffredo 46042
|GRIVEN SRL Eliana Masetti||Francesca Storaro||GRIVEN SRL Eliana Masetti|
Conceived and engineered according to the speciﬁcations of the world-renowned lighting designer Francesca Storaro, GEA is an innovative in-ground recessed uplighter standing out for its unique shape, function, and performance. An unprecedented combination of tree different bespoke optics allocated in the same chassis delivers an even wall wash effect on both close-up and distant installations, with a well-deﬁned light projection. Three individually manageable optics rows ensure a surprisingly uniform coverage of a vertical space from ground level up to approximately 18 metres.
Moreover, this innovative optical configuration enables both vertical and horizontal lighting effects, facilitating the creation of flags and patterns of different colours and shapes. This revolutionary product is a must-have choice for enhancing urban decor through illumination. An elegant stainless steel frame allows for seamless, discreet integration into pavements in historical or modern urban environments. The optional built-in antiglare filters prevent unpleasant glare effects in situations with specific project requirements or strict urban regulations. Thanks to its unique features, which make it a pioneering novelty in the market,
GEA offers the following benefits:
GEA is available in the following options: RGB+W 3000K or 4000K, tunable white ranging from 2700K to 6500K, as well as in 4000K natural white, 2700K and 3000K warm white colour configurations.
Housing material: AISI 316L stainless steel flange, black-painted die-cast aluminum body, and galvanized
As an innovative uplighter, it prevents of all forms of light pollution, including skyglow, light trespass, glare, and clutter effects, achieved through precise control of light emission.
The product had to comply with the lighting designer's demanding prerequisites.
GEA is an innovative product conceived by the lighting designer and architect Francesca Storaro and engineered by Griven Srl. Therefore there is no client and no contractor.
29 Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 5SQ
London W1D 4AL
|Dawn Capitol||Kibre Ltd||BW Construction|
Kibre were appointed by an investment services specialist to design their new office space within Ilona Rose, an impressive 300,000 sq ft mixed-use development in the heart of Soho.
Having recently been completed in September 2023, the building boasts eight floors of prime office space, each one accompanied by expansive garden terraces, providing a harmonious blend of nature and urbanity. This client had commissioned Kibre to design its previous workspace in nearby Soho Square before a rapid upturn in headcount meant it required more space. The company has taken 12500 sq ft on the 7th floor of Ilona Rose, which incorporates a vibrant public realm featuring a café and restaurant-lined mews connecting Manette Street to Greek Street.
The brief was to design a space that would accommodate this growth while prioritising sustainability, biophilic design, and capitalising on the breath-taking views of London. Kibre delivered a sophisticated, inspiring workplace, encompassing private video conferencing areas, versatile meeting rooms, and an exceptional event space capable of hosting up to 120 people – with the cost of the project being of confidential matter.
The office is essentially ring-shaped, ensuring the London skyline was an aspect of each area. Because of the way the floorplate is laid out, it was essential that each area flowed seamlessly. This was achieved through clever use of materials to create a sense of space and openness. Floor to ceiling heights were maximised despite the large volume of M&E.
The desking area has a raised floor to ensure that staff can have a clear view of the London landscape whilst working and also add a feeling of openness. The workspace also has a huge entertaining area which can be used for meetings or events. This area was specifically designed so that it has uninterrupted views of the skyline at all angles. Ambient lighting by FUTURE Designs balances beautifully with the natural daylight provision. Wall finishes in the main office areas and meeting rooms meanwhile are from Clayworks, combining an appreciation of ancient, vernacular building materials in a truly modern setting.
The original inspiration for the design drew from the warmth and shared dining space of an Italian family farmhouse, a nod to Dawn Capital’s staff retreats in Umbria. This Italian influence is evident as you enter the office and are welcomed by a beautiful reception desk, the base of which resembles a giant smooth stone. Above the desk is a bespoke circular light designed with wooden slats as the shade which create a striking visual centrepiece.
To the side of the desk are stunning oversized Mediterranean antique clay pots that are the home to an array of large-scale plants. The flooring in the reception area is reclaimed oak boards, sourced from the Ukraine, which celebrate the intricate imperfections of wood.
The generously proportioned reception area, warm neutral tones and antique pots do give the impression of an elegant Tuscan farmhouse; however, the design also takes in Japanese influences, notably the craft-based aesthetic and focus on perfect imperfection of the wabi-sabi design movement.
Each flume of the exposed ventilation system has been meticulously wrapped in a wet muslin to create a tactile, plaster-like look and making a feature of the overhead engineering. There are several meeting rooms which were designed alongside Rimadesio glazing. Each has its own ambience and energy, framed in recycled rosewood and with a beautiful, glazed sheen to add privacy to the spaces. Sprayed ceiling panels from Baux, composed of compressed straw and wool provide both an acoustically outstanding and sustainable solution.
As a design practice, Kibre respects the worlds environment and natural resources, understanding the needs of the current and future population. Nature and the environment are not an inexhaustible resource, leading Kibre to set guidelines to dedicating time and effort to identifying ways they can change, operate as a business and develop furniture solutions, all to consider their effect on the environment.
Ilona Rose is one of the top-performing buildings in London with a BREEAM Excellent rating. Green elements Kibre employed in this project for Dawn Capital included the use of reclaimed flooring and sustainable wood veneers as well as London-based joinery firms for the furniture and built-in joinery and solar glare blinds to reduce unnecessary AC usage. These combine with a strong aesthetic vision and a high-level of flexibility to ensure the workspace is fit for purpose for the client for years to come.
The overriding mind-set was to deliver the most effective design solutions through an intelligent reliable, and innovative design process, incorporating technologies that work well together, and providing maximum carbon savings and reduced energy costs – such technologies being Ground Source Heating and Cooling, and Photovoltaic Panels which work to achieving CO2 emission reduction on site.
A key driver for Kibre was the strip back the conventional and pre-conceptions of office design, translating an open plan space into a more relaxed interior – this involving reimaging traditional office norms, and focusing on creating a comfortable and pleasant environment.
Sourcing specialists to work with the craft-based products that had to be specified was a difficulty faced, however with Kibre using UK industries and manufacturers for their products help build a relationship between companies and the specialists needed.
Moving oversized products and furniture into the space was another issue faced at Ilona Rose, due to the careful planning and coordination required, all with safety at the upmost importance.
Dominic Coleman, Kibre director says, “The use of space was key and we did not want to fill the floorplate for the sake of it. The ability to have that openness allows a greater sense of serenity and flexibility that is perfect for this client.”
Haakon Overli, general partner, Dawn Capital added, “Kibre has delivered a fantastic workspace for us, perfectly reflecting our needs as a business. The end result has been fantastically received by staff and visitors alike.”
|Studio Lotus||F 301, First Floor Chaudhari Prem Singh House|
Himmat Singh Marg, Lado Sarai
New Delhi 110030
New Delhi 110024
|Anju Chhibber||Studio Lotus||Structural/ Civil: Ganesh Construction Façade: Macro Nirman Pvt Ltd|
The Nest, completed April 2023, Cost approx. GBP788,000.
In a metropolis like Delhi, the canvas for residential buildings is predominantly defined by the constraints of space. With tight urban lots and a premium on every square inch, designing a functional and aesthetically pleasing home is a challenging prospect. Yet, for a family of four sisters, this was a particularly complex proposition. Having grown up in a beautiful Art Deco home built by their father in the 70s, a place that held cherished childhood memories, they hoped to build a new structure that would nod to their original home while accommodating their current needs.
The most interesting challenge from the brief was to preserve the sense of the original home, yet build it predominantly for rental, given that the sisters, bar one, would not be residing there. While there was great nostalgia for their childhoods spent there, they were looking to build for the future. While it may have been easier to sell the plot, they did not want the land to be built on insensitively. Keeping design alive was very dear to them; something they did not want to lose despite the fact that they were creating something for investment, Cost was a critical consideration too, given the clients were building when in their 70’s.
Spatially, each of the four floors is divided into two apartments, to give each sister the option to lease out the larger space and retain the smaller one for themselves when needed, yet with the flexibility to flow as one large apartment across the entire floor. Similar properties of this scale would typically be 5-bedroom apartments, but a case to the clients was made to design for a 3-bedroom apartment, the generosity of the space harking back to their earlier bungalow living.
The former home had a distinctive Art-Deco-like curved silhouette, which inspired the profile of the new home and of its balconies. Brick, a material deeply embedded in the city's historical fabric, was chosen for being timeless and maintenance-free, and bringing warmth to the structure. 12-metre-tall brick fins strung on steel rods rise vertically across the facade to give the bedrooms privacy from adjacent homes; their orientation aligning to the solar path to allow light to stream in. Elements from the former home have been reused where possible in the new one. Millwork, railings and custom-designed Art-Deco elements from the old house – railings, doors, staircases - have been used throughout the new building, imbuing the new spaces with a touch of nostalgia for the bygone. The stairwell connecting the fourth-floor apartment with the terrace, for the only sister that resides there permanently, is completely made with repurposed timber, grills and metal from the staircase of the old house. The original arched main door too, is now the door to her apartment.
Deviating from typical buildings of the rental typology, The Nest has a warm, intimate and inviting atmosphere, achieved through the use of earthy materials such as brick, wood, and stone. The design elements chosen reflect the clients' desire for a modern and sustainable building that still pays homage to the past. The use of brick and concrete ensures that the building will stand the test of time, while the incorporation of natural materials and features such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems reduce the environmental burden. The flexible living spaces and private balconies provide the sisters and their families with a sense of privacy and security, while the use of arched railings and brick fins creates a sense of continuity between the old and new buildings.
Solar analysis defined the placement and orientation of the brick fins to allow light but not heat through. Inside, materials from the old home find use throughout the new structure. Old stone is reincarnated as mosaic flooring in the staff rooms and balcony areas, as are tiles as mosaic surfaces in the staff bathrooms and arched railings in the service balconies. A large volume of bricks was unsuitable for the facade. The boundary walls were redesigned to use the brick, the pattern designed based on calculations considering the number of bricks of each type. There was zero wastage of ordered bricks as a result. The stairwell connecting the fourth-floor apartment with the terrace, for the only sister that resides there permanently, is completely made with repurposed timber, grills and metal from the staircase of the old house. The original arched main door too, is now the door to her apartment.
The project was not without its challenges. The construction commenced during the pandemic, which caused unforeseen delays in material and labour procurement. In addition, the team had to work with a tight budget, which required creativity and resourcefulness in their design choices. For example it was hard to find highly technically qualified construction workers to build the fins. Working with semi-skilled workmen and leftover reinforcement bars of maximum 2-3 feet lengths, the 12-metre-long fins were designed as a alternating grids of reinforcement running between them, constantly adjusting the alignment while maintaining stability - an almost crafted, low tech, frugal innovation hack, in the circumstance. Despite these constraints, The Nest adeptly responds to the design brief.
29 Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 5SQ
Mill Bay, Folkestone
Kent CT20 1JG
|No Client||Woven Image||No Contractor|
Acoustic ceiling tiles for the workplace environment aren’t normally renowned for their originality but Woven Image’s version interweave cutting-edge design with sustainability, reinventing ceilings with acoustic properties for the modern workplace.
With a modern Japonisme and art deco inspired design, Fuji tiles give shape, colour and acoustic control to shared spaces, breaking free from standard flat ceiling tile solutions common in the industry. The 3D formed shape and embossed linework of the tile has been specifically designed to capacitate both its acoustic performance and unique aesthetic. Available in square sizes Roku and Ku, and rectangular sizes Juni and Hachi. Utilising Woven Image’s universal hardware for ceilings, the tiles integrate with a designed barrel kit to make installation quick and easy and enables direct fix or suspended applications.
Finishes selection in ceiling spaces is more important than ever, as the interior design and architecture industry move towards exposed ceilings that give spaces a larger feel and contemporary look - the drawbacks being exposed services, ducting and a lack of sound control. Thus, the ceiling became the ideal place to deliver a unique statement while reducing the amount of sound reverberation to provide acoustic comfort in style. Fuji tiles are recommended for such environments where noise can impact comfort and productivity. In contemporary style, they deliver acoustic treatment, bringing visual appeal and functional benefit to commercial interior spaces.
An integrated lighting solution for Fuji has also been developed, that is suitable for commercial spaces, featuring adjustable lighting and a backlit option. Off-the shelf lighting solutions are also easily integrated. Applications range from workstation hoods, or conference table features, to full ceiling installations in high traffic areas. Unique configurations can easily be achieved through varying the tile size, colourway, hardware finish and suspension height.
Woven Image’s wide range of acoustic finishes enable designers to incorporate acoustic function within both timeless and on trend colour schemes, making them perfect for design led collaborative spaces. Embracing the trend towards more tactile surfaces and three-dimensional textures, Fuji, having been launched in September 2022, interweaves cutting edge design with sustainability and commercial performance.
Fuji offers four ranges;
A key product portfolio consists of commercial textiles and acoustic finishes such as EchoPanel®. The original PET acoustic panel made using 60% recycled fibres was invented, patented and launched by Woven Image in 2004, and blossoming into the newest developed surface product; Fuji. As no ceiling space or acoustic brief is the same, Woven Image’s team guides specifiers, building professionals and installers through to successful project completion – ensuring a commitment to creating and providing the best in surface solutions for any commercial interior.
The 100% PET (64% recycled) tiles, Fuji as well as all Woven Image’s products, undergo stringent tests for durability, fire and acoustic performance. Environmental assessments and product certifications are independently verified to maximise credits under global green-building rating tools such as Green Star, LEED v4.1, BREEAM® and the WELL Building Standard™.
Fuji offers 4 stocked colours; cream, onyx and a two-tone duck egg and cream, or cream and onyx colour combination. Colour customisation is also available in the extensive Mura colour palette of 23 colours, resulting in a staggering 529 possible colour combinations.
Woven Image’s design team puts resource efficiency, dematerialisation and minimising environmental impacts at the heart of its thinking. This results in products that are not only beautiful, but functional and highly endurable, with a timeless aesthetic to ensure their longevity.
Fuji is manufactured in Australia using 64% recycled PET and manufactured using solar energy, delivering the environmental credentials which have become synonymous with Woven Image. It also holds environmental certifications including the Global GreenTag, Greenrate level A and platinum Product Health Declaration.
Additionally, Fuji hold a Red List Free Label and are complying with the Living Building Challenge goals of ingredient transparency and industry-wide elimination of all Red List chemicals. The Transparency Initiative from the International Living Future Institute – Declare, an ingredient label for construction materials, empowering design and construction teams to make well-informed decisions.
Woven Image are committed to ensuring Reduced VOC Emissions. Fuji, with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are less harmful to the environment and human health and contribute to good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
Woven Image see value in waste and aim to keep materials circulating in the economy. In 2022, 746.5 tonnes of recycled PET plastic were utilised in our products. By using recycled rather than virgin fibre, the equivalent of 37.3 million 600ml plastic bottles has been prevented from entering landfill or our oceans and stopped 880 tonnes CO2-eq greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Woven Image continues to invest in end-of-life recovery programmes for our products, and actively encourages customers to utilise the take-back scheme.
On average our regional production hub produces 120MWh of solar energy per year, with a further 99.9kW solar array installation which was completed in December 2022 and 100kW solar array installation completed in June 2023, we anticipate our solar production will triple. Emissions from solar arrays are <4% of the emissions generated from non-renewables.
Woven Image are committed to further investment in renewable energy to reduce scope 2 emissions and will continue offsetting our unavoidable operational emissions in partnership with Greenfleet, through regenerative carbon removal projects. Since 2017 Woven Image’s contribution has resulted in the equivalent of over 4456 native trees and shrubs being planted in biodiverse forests, that also provide vital habitats for endangered wildlife.
In 2022, the scope of measurements was broadened, including the upfront embodied carbon of the EchoPanel® product portfolio in offsetting commitments. Woven Image have offset 3549.49 tonnes CO2-eq through donations which will see the equivalent of a further 5643 native trees and shrubs established through Greenfleet.
Woven Image have always set themselves a mission to produce at a new level of originality and creativity, interweaving cutting edge design with sustainability – a difficult task to do. Many acoustic ceiling tiles look utilitarian; however, Woven Image’s designs don’t sacrifice aesthetics at the expense of functionality.
For over 30 years Woven Image have been supplying the built environment with sustainable, design-led acoustic finishes and textile products that have been extensively used in commercial projects including workplace, hospitality, education and healthcare ensuring each space looks, feels and sounds great. Its approach has given architects, designers and construction professionals the confidence to specify and install Woven Image products, across the floor plate, in interior fit outs globally.
|G-Tex Stainless Ltd||Unit 1 Bagley Industrial Park|
Dudley DY2 9DY
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST
|Newcastle United Fc||20.20 Architect||RSI Partitions Mervyn Hogg|
'Superior Water Effect Stainless Steel' is an innovative and visually stunning architectural material that seamlessly merges the timeless elegance of stainless steel with the mesmerizing allure of flowing water. This unique combination creates a dynamic, ever-changing aesthetic that transforms spaces and captivates the senses.
In the world of surface design, innovation and creativity are vital components that push the boundaries of what's possible. One such innovation that demands recognition is 'Superior Water Effect Stainless Steel' a transformative material that has redefined the art of surface design. We believe that our 'Superior Water Effect Stainless Steel' deserves serious consideration for a prestigious Surface Design Award.
In today's world, sustainability has become a paramount consideration in product design and development. Industries are increasingly looking for eco-friendly materials and solutions that not only meet their functional requirements but also minimize their environmental impact. Stainless Steel Water Effect Sheets are a prime example of a sustainable choice for enhancing aesthetics while respecting the planet. In this document, we will explore the various aspects of their sustainability.
29 Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 5SQ
Manchester M2 4DU
|Flokk UK & Ireland||Resonate Interiors||Confidential Information|
Resonate were approached by Flokk to design their new Manchester Showroom. They already had a small showroom in the heart of the vibrant city and wanted to stay in the vicinity however Flokk needed a larger space to showcase their brands. Resonate worked with Flokk to curate a space that enabled them to showcase over 95 different products. Great attention to detail was needed to bring the different designs together in a timeless design whilst also having to design around columns hidden behind thin walls. The colour palette references Flokk brand guidelines with a splash of Manchester personality using vibrant colours.
The chosen location was formerly an uninspiring photocopier office; however the space was in one of the most predominant office centric locations in Manchester and the showroom would also compliment the other showroom brands in the area.
The double height corner plot was the perfect space for Resonate to set about crafting and curating a unique space to provide a series of work settings to present the complete Flokk ‘House of Brands’, showcasing the scale of their unrivalled portfolio to provide a wide range of seating, furniture, and accessories for the workplace and beyond.
As you enter the Showroom you are greeted by the Work Face, which doubles as both a welcome reception and café with a concierge service offering a variety of beverages. From here a visitor’s journey leads you through to the Inspire Space. As you climb the stairs up to the mezzanine you come across the retreat which acts as a cosy snug, warmly inviting the visitor to take a seat and relax – all creating a natural journey through the space and providing multiple seating solutions.
Completed on 20/04/23 with a total project value of £160,000, the showroom displays a balanced design concept where everything works in harmony. Resonate provided a calm and serene environment and the perfect setting for Flokk to bring together their product ranges in a curated showpiece, allowing them to showcase best in class design.
With Flokk being a ‘House of Brands’, the Manchester showroom was specifically designed to present all of Flokk’s UK products under one roof - this is a first for any of their showrooms. Amongst the stunning ranges on display are the iconic HÅG Capisco, Connection Rooms, Profim Normo and an impressive installation of the Offecct Soundsticks, an acoustic baffling product designed to upcycle the ends of rolls of upholstery fabrics in Offecct’s factory.
From the design by Resonate, the large 4,000sq ft space with a mezzanine level was executed in collaboration with Icon Projects and fitted with liyama AV equipment.
A focal point to the showroom is the circular bay window that including a sound stick feature, created from cardboard fabric rolls and cast-off fabrics, bespoke planters feature on the mezzanine, as well as acoustic wall products and treatment which have been used throughout to add texture and help create the zoning. All these design elements give a true understanding for the Surface Design Awards due to the focus on sustainability, aesthetics and creating a comfortable and visually appealing space through the use of surfaces and textures – with added consideration to biophilic and acoustic design.
Echoed through all of Resonates projects are their seven principles of sustainable design and construction, this involving the building materials used, indoor air quality, waste reduction, water conservation, longevity and durability, energy efficient and sustainable design methods – all key elements to keep a project at the highest level of sustainability.
Resonate signed up to Treekly, turning steps walked into trees planted in areas of deforestation. To date the studio has walked over four million steps, resulting in more than 1,000 mangrove trees planted to capture CO2.
Resonate’s treading lightly ethos is a 100-mile radius approach to responsible, local sourcing and continues to be a huge success with clients and contractors. For each supplier, Resonate looks at where their products are produced and their green credentials in terms of sustainability and the use of recycled materials to create new items.
Flokk also share the same commitment as Resonate to the environment, aiming to be the market leaders whose circular products, services and processes are resource and energy-efficient, produce minimum greenhouse gases and pose no risk to health or the environment. By prioritising these goals, Flokk take proactive steps towards sustainability and acknowledging their responsibility to the planet and future generations.
Flokk has 40 years’ history of a structured focus on its environmental impact, and their new Manchester showroom reflects this. All products displayed in the showroom follow its five circular design principles, low weight, fewer components, right choice of materials, long lifespan and designed for disassembly. These foundations all aim to focus on reducing their carbon footprint and energy consumption, the use of resources and the health benefits of keeping the planet safer.
Having published its first sustainability report in GRI Format (Global Reporting Initiative) in 2011, Flokk has since set ambitious and long-term targets with three areas to focus on; reducing their impact on the climate, using fewer resources and removing harmful chemicals that can affect people’s health – all key aspects that can grow a more sustainability company and future.
The key design driver was for the space not to feel or look like a showroom, but more like a co-working space with the look and feel reflecting Flokk through and through – an element of this being Flokk’s branding being highly visible from the street.
With the space being a showroom, the interior must cater for both visitors and its staff. The space is fitted out with liyama AV equipment, boasting several spaces for presentations and meetings, including a CPD area and theatre space, reflecting the ability and requirements to produce a commercial space.
This Manchester showroom is a staggering 4,000sq ft, positioned in the city centre, with unrivalled access to all railway stations and the airport. The design successfully encourages the space to act a co working space as well as a standard showroom. It also beautifully brings all of Flokk’s UK brands under one roof for the first time which had to be carefully curated - welcoming guests from not only the North-West but beyond and across the whole of the UK.
|INCRO DESIGN LTD||242 Willowbrook house|
London N4 2XQ
London N4 2XQ
|Nanxi Ai||Nanxi Ai||Nanxi Ai|
In a world teeming with diversity, the extraordinary springs forth from the ordinary. Inspired by the captivating beauty of individuals encountered during a global journey, The project have come to appreciate the richness of our sensorial experiences, especially within autistic communities where we noticed that materials have a unique language that speaks to them. Believing in the transformative power of diversity, the SPLASH collection aims to catalyze a conversation on material inclusivity at a sensorial level. Through a process of sensory survey, the project builds a comprehensive understanding on people’s sensory experiences with colors and materials before design, envisioning a textile future where all sensory experiences are celebrated.
SPLASH is an upholstery textile collection that tells a tale of oneness, merging the organic fluidity of water with the structural beauty of Renaissance architecture. By blending these seemingly opposing elements, it reveals the concealed connectivity between all things and humanity. Through a collaborative design process involving diverse individuals, their shared feedback on their unique sensory experiences has guided the collection towards embracing a more inclusive design. This collaboration influences the design process of colours and materials, activate more inclusive ASMR—an euphoric and tranquil response to visual, sensory, and auditory stimuli within interior spaces.
Cost of material: 280 Pound
How does material speak to you?
The consideration of material usage in our collection is not just a matter of aesthetic appeal but a profound response to a critical pre-design stage inclusive sensory survey. Our motivation stems from a deep understanding of the adverse impact that inappropriate materials or colors can have on individuals with sensory differences. By acknowledging and addressing this issue, our project has sought to revolutionize the conventional design process, placing the power in the hands of the people it directly affects.
Our approach aims to amplify the voices of individuals with sensory differences, giving them a platform to articulate their preferences and needs. In the research process, Mcpartland Lab of Yale School of Medicine was involved in provided solid research grounding in helping us recognize that the choice of colors and materials can profoundly influence the well-being and emotional state of a wider range of audiences, far beyond what is typically considered in design. From there, we have came to an innovation of design process to selected colour and material from threads based on detailed survey’s feedback collected from people with diverse sensory experiences. Setting out to design interior textile that would not only be visually appealing but also trigger more inclusive ASMR, euphoric and tranquil responses, thus enriching the sensory experience for everyone.
For these reasons, we believe our material usage deserves strong consideration for a Surface Design Award. Our work transcends mere aesthetics; it is a testament to the power of design to create a more inclusive and empathetic world. By celebrating neurodiversity through our materials, we envision a future where every individual's unique sensory experiences are not just accommodated but celebrated. The further design and collaboration will truly serves all members of our diverse society.
With a commitment to responsible design, the collection SPLASH has been developed with careful consideration of sustainability in the design process and material sourcing, aiming to reduce negative environmental impacts and support local communities.
First, the dyeing process of the collection incorporates range of natural dye recipes using traditional herbs and Indigo dye techniques, replacing many less-sustainable dye colors on the color swatches. The process has only used clean chemical that’s harmless to environment. This shift to natural dyes helps minimize chemical pollution in water and soil, indirectly benefiting local biodiversity. As the natural dye ingredients are sourced from less-developed areas in China, the involvement of local communities, particularly in regions where herbs are traditionally been cultivated in the North-west China has supports flourish local community participation, encourages fair trade practices, and provides access to education and training to small towns that plants the herbs. by natural dye techniques into contemporary textile design practices, traditional knowledge is preserved, and ancient design wisdom is revitalized.
Furthermore, throughout the entire project, the Swap Show at CSM serves as a key site for material hunting, enabling the testing and development of new ideas. By utilizing second-hand materials obtained from the Swap Shop, the collection aims to reduce the carbon emissions associated with producing new products and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and production. By make use of second hand material in the initial stages of the project, 100% of the materials and objects used in ASMR sensory survey process were sourced from the Swap Shop, built from founded materials. This approach allows for a diverse material matrix that would have been cost-prohibitive without second-hand materials.
Great emphasis was also placed on ensuring transparency in material sourcing. Materials and suppliers with clearly labeled sources and sustainable production processes were prioritized. This commitment aims to encourage the growth of a circular economy and design responsibly not only for the environment but also for the human community.
In conclusion, the SPLASH collection embodies a responsible approach to design, embracing sustainable dyeing processes, the use of second-hand materials, and transparent sourcing. By considering environmental impact and supporting local communities, the collection strives to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive textile industry.
Image only included few selected design in the collection, See the video for the story of the splash collection.
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