How long can you sustain your interest in ugly furniture?

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How long can you sustain your interest in ugly furniture?

The aesthete’s guide to sustainable design: Our top five green design pieces that do not compromise on beauty

Mila Crewe-Brown

Sustainability has passed the point of being a buzzword – it’s an approach to life some take more seriously than others. But one of sustainability’s downfalls has been aesthetics. Design lovers have had a hard time embracing recycled-plastic chairs and sustainably grown timber tables because, well, they’ve tended to be rather unattractive. Until now, that is. Going green is becoming a sexy affair thanks to the new guard of ecodesigners. If you’re looking to spring-clean your old furnishings or update your home style, why not look to these five sustainable designers for inspiration?

Produced exclusively for the Kasmin Gallery in New York, Jasper Morrison’s Corks collection is a beautiful ode to this simple natural material, one which has been overlooked since it lined kitchen floors in the 1970s. Using only wine-bottle corks, the collection includes a number of household pieces, including a fireplace, that bear the refined simplicity typical of the internationally acclaimed designer’s style. We adore his chaise most of all. With its ergonomically sculpted armchair and footrest and sensuous curves, it calls for languorous sessions in a horizontal position.

We all agree the Danes do it best when it comes to design but Sika-Design not only produces some of the most beautiful rattan furniture the world has ever seen, its environmental policies are hard to beat. Sika-Design respects human rights and complies with the SA8000 standard for social accountability, demanding the same commitment from its suppliers. Sika-Design’s pieces are developed and marketed in accordance with its management system for environmental and social responsibility ISO 14001/2004 and SA8000/2014. ..

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