The biggest trend in interiors for 2020 – and beyond – is design with an eco edge, as the design world’s attention faces forward and assesses the impact that products and production will have on the earth in years to come. Interiors and design journalist Amy Moorea Wong talks us through the most innovative, experimental and beautiful pieces that do good as well as look good.
The design of this oval rug may be based upon plaited designs produced by early settlers in the USA, but its production could not be more 2020. Made entirely from plastic bottles that are reformed into fibres, it’s hand woven by skilled female artisans in Bangladesh, and is hardwearing enough to be used outside as well as in.
Sapphire braided rug, £39, After Noah
The Lissett radiator by Bisque is made from hand-assembled recycled aluminium and, a highly efficient material that heats up faster than a traditional radiator and uses less energy to do so, as well as being light weight and running on a minimal amount of water. Its modern slim profile and rounded edges means it works wonderfully in bold tones, and it comes in Bisque’s rainbow of colourful finishes as well as metallics and calmer neutrals.
Lissett Radiator, from £610.80, Bisque
Peppermint tea vase, £75, Dust London
The vases, planters and coasters made by Dust London come in Camomile, Peppermint and Rooibos varieties; yes, they’re made with tea waste. Handmade in London and based on origami techniques, they include leaves from teabags that are dried and mixed with Jesmonite, a non-toxic water-based material which takes on the tea’s natural pigment and tactility.
Soul candle, £39, Eym
Eym produces 100% natural candles that are completely chemical free, a pureness that carries through into its stylish clean aesthetic. Developed in conjunction with some of the UK’s top natural perfumers and made in Britain, the candles are a combination of soy wax, cotton wicks and essential oil. Its aromatherapy blends are designed to create a positive therapeutic effect on emotional wellbeing, from the joyful neroli, orange blossom and ylang ylang fragrance of Soul, to the sleepy scents of camomile, sweet orange and lavender inmRest.
Dark green canvas cushion cover, £3.99, H&M
Part of H&M’s Conscious range, which is made from at least 50% sustainably sourced materials – denoted by a green tag in store –this canvas cushion cover is organic cotton and comes in four colourful tones as well as white. The brand has committed to making all of its products from recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030; 57% of its pieces already meet this impressive ambition.
Misterhult pendant lamp, bamboo, £50, Ikea
Bamboo is somewhat of a miracle material; the fastest growing plant on the planet, naturally anti-bacterial, it absorbs twice as much carbon dioxide than trees and produces 30% more oxygen than most plants. Ikea’s Misterhult pendant lamp is hand woven from parts of the bamboo plant, that otherwise would be discarded, so twice as much of the plant is put to use. The company is dedicated to conservation and sustainability and is phasing out single use plastic, promoting responsible forestry, using less water, addressing climate change and ushering in the plant based.
Earth Stool in Packaging Waste, £395, Mater at Do Shop
A reinvention of a classic bar stool, Earth Stool by architect and designer Eva Harlou for ethical Danish brand Mater has a seat made from recycled packaging waste in a flecked monochrome terrazzo-style finish, on a frame of reusable light steel piping. The brand supports local craft traditions and minimises negative impact on the environment and society and all of its products are made with ethically sourced materials.
Cork Family Model E, £370, Vitra
A design classic, the iconic Cork Family stools designed by Jasper Morrison for Vitra in 2004 have been extended with two new designs for 2020. The new pieces have softer, more rounded shapes than their seat siblings; all are made from lathe-turned pure cork and have untreated surfaces. Cork is celebrated for its lightweight, durable, pleasantly tactile nature and is also water and fireproof, and because only the bark of the tree is harvested (a process that accelerates the plant’s carbon dioxide absorbsion), the tree is left to grow for up to 300 years.
Diamond Gooseberry blanket, £45, Weaver Green
It’s hard to believe this soft Scandinavian-style blanket is made from recycled plastic, as to touch it’s almost indistinguishable from wool. Each blanket by Devon-based brand Weaver Green is hand loomed from 300 plastic bottles, cosy enough for indoor use but also hard wearing, stain resistant and machine washable, so ideal for venturing outdoors with. The brand also makes cushions and rugs, all in a palette of calming pastels and subtle patterns.
Tutti Frutti mega bowl in Black, £22.01, Zuperzozial at Forma House
Dutch design brand Zuperzozial works ‘with the future in mind’, creating a huge array of simple tableware with inventive natural sources; the Tutti Fruitti bowl is made from bamboo and corn powder and comes in a range of playful bright colours, as well as tonal neutrals and monochromes, with all pieces super durable and machine washable. The brand also works with a bioplastic made from corn, sugar cane and grain.