Last month I was overwhelmed by the number of interior specialists and furniture manufacturers that chose to make charitable donations instead of sending Christmas cards. What a wonderful way to spread seasonal cheer aside from the consumerism that surrounds the festive season. It seems business today isn’t just about product and profit – the focus on ethical production and the ethos behind sourcing sustainable materials are certainly on the rise in the industry.
Sibley Grove is an interior design studio that became frustrated with the products available to them. Faced with not wanting to use products they couldn’t condone, the team decided to launch their own line of ethically-produced furniture. Read about their advances to encourage social change through interior design on page 9.
Another obstacle for sustainability is to inspire manufacturers themselves to discourage disposing of furniture purely because it doesn’t match current trends. Some furniture companies have shifted their attitudes towards production and now act to arouse change. Mr McQueen is one example of a company that encourages a green approach to interior design through revamping a project’s existing furniture. Read how it does this on page 12.
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