This issue of Inex proves that the term ‘sustainability’ continues to be a buzzword in the design business, both for design materials and production. This month’s Insight interview is with laminate expert and Regional Distribution Account Manager, who discusses how preserving our planet is a key concern for not only those involved in wood manufacturing, but for the design industry as a whole. Read the full interview on page 12.
Where looking after the environment is a prime design principle, nature presents itself as a source of inspiration for interior designers and architects. Whether it be a biophilic approach to office design as presented by Interface’s Biophillic Design Ambassador, Oliver Heath, in this month’s Inspire, or even a structure specifically designed for artists to take inspiration from England’s landscape as the collaborative team behind The Observatory have, the natural world is, arguably, our prime motivation for healthy design and living.
Our instinctive thirst for the natural world has been quenched at new levels thanks to an innovative landscaping project at the top of one of London’s tallest skyscrapers. This month’s cover image, The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street spans three floors at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s 34-storey masterpiece. Landscape architecture practice Gillespies took this unconventional task in its stride, where a mass of plantlife now accompanies the spectacular views. Read more about this project on page 30.
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