May 15th, 20

The Edit: Conscious Consumerism

5 sustainable brands doing their bit to be green


Black Dapple by Smile Plastics - made from chopping boards and plastic packaging

1. Smile Plastics

This innovative brand reimagines recycled plastics into exquisite hand-crafted panels for surfaces in kitchens or bathrooms. Each of the panels are arranged by hand before being pressed so each one will turn out slightly different. Their mission is to change people’s perceptions around waste through innovation – ‘to use art and technology to unlock the hidden potential in recycling, and open their eyes to the unexpected beauty of scrap’.

2. The New Craftsmen

Championing British craft makers is at the core of The New Craftsmen. Showcasing exceptional designer-makers across the British Isles, TNC has created a recognised sustainable marketplace for fine craftsmanship. It is more important than ever to reduce our carbon footprint and work with British makers. I adore the evocative work of Malgorzata Bany who creates beautiful Jesmonite light sculptures with handmade Khadi white paper shades.

Marl Holm Light (Tall and low) by Malgorzata Bany via The New Craftsmen

3. Fernando Laposse

Designer Fernando Laposse transforms natural materials into beautiful designs. He created Totomoxtle, an innovative new veneer made with husks of heirloom Mexican corn. Their natural colours allows him to create striking patterns that can be used in various applications for furniture and lighting.

4. Benchmark

Benchmark are another wonderful example of a company that has intertwined a sustainable approach throughout, from how they make their products to how their workshop is managed. Their timber furniture is free of harmful chemicals, their upholstery all natural and toxin free and each piece is designed and created with longevity. One of my favourite pieces is the OVO High Stool (below) designed by Foster + Partners – top of the wishlist!

OVO High Stool designed by Foster + Partners, made by Benchmark

5. Dirk Vander Kooij

Maker of the melting pot table, one of my absolute favourite pieces, Dirk Vander Kooij is know for his playful take on developing unique sustainable design. He uses recycled plastics mixed with resin to create beautiful furniture and lighting. Bottom right is a handblown chandelier from recycled plastic!

Below: Melting pot dining table, Interiors by Studio Ashby with the melting pot coffee tables, the Bloown Chandelier