Category Archives: Natural stuff

From waste to space – the Brighton Waste House

I’ve talked before about how domestic products are just 1% efficient, it takes 40 tonnes of material to create 1 tonne of useful stuff, and of that 98% gets thrown away! Using household and business waste – from toothbrushes to cassette tapes (remember those?) – to do something amazing like build a house, is not [...]

Breathing spaces are better spaces – how nature is helping purify our living spaces

We ask a lot from the spaces that we inhabit; practicality, durability, energy , aesthetics, acoustics. But where health does that sit within our requirements? It goes without saying that our health is improved by regular fresh air changes through controlled ventilation. But before the times of MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) systems there [...]

BBC DIY SOS – Sunderland – How Biophilia can make a house a sustainable healthy home

My last BBC DIY SOS shoot was as ever a much deserved project where we completely rebuilt and refurbished the home of the Finlay family in Sunderland. It’s home to John, June and daughter Heather, who’s family life was brought into chaos when June fell ill with Clippers disease just as she came about her retirement. [...]

Designing eco homes inspired by nature- for happier & healthier places to live

The BBC Science and environment site recently identified that the correlation between access to green spaces and well-being is becoming increasingly important and as a means to cut billions for the NHS. The Woodland Trust’s chief executive, Sue Holden stated “It is a connection that we know intrinsically, we believe it to be true but increasingly it [...]

Temporary Structures – eco design appreciation by getting closer to nature

So much has changed in the camp site since the heady days of Barbara Windsor’s shenanigans in Carry On Camping and at this time of year its always exciting to see what’s new in the way of temporary structures and tents – anything that can get us out of our homes and into nature but [...]

Ethical interiors an essential ingredient for sustainable homes- learning from fast fashion disasters

In light of the recent tragedies in Bangladesh, and even more recently in Cambodia, we cant allow the interiors industry to follow such a shameful way of operating. Knowledge, transparency and questioning is what’s needed. But just who is going to look after our homes interiors and the impact they have around the world? So [...]

I’m dreaming of…..well a Green Christmas of course

It’s that time of year again when decorations start going up and houses become all twinkly. There’s certainly plenty of magic around, but does that really mean it’s ok to give up on our aspirations for a better home and world to live in? And more than that is there a way to still really [...]

Temporary Structures: Working With Nature

  With summer just around the corner, my mind turns to the camping season. It gives me the chance to get outside, be closer to nature and make the most of my fabulous new Bell Tent. But what we are also seeing in the design world is that there is a new found fascination with [...]

Biomimicry: What eco design can learn from nature?

As a designer, there’s really no greater inspiration than the marvels of nature. Increasingly we’re seeing science taking its cues from the natural world in an effort to solve complex design issues in a more organic way. Hopefully creating better spaces for us to live in.   In a nutshell (nice idiom right?), biomimicry or [...]

Eco Home Composting: future designs on home food waste

Ok, so my guilty secret is out. I really find it tough to recycle food waste and scraps from my kitchen. And I suspect I’m not the only one. It’s the smells coming from the compost caddy, the emptying into my enormous outdoor composter, and then getting stuck in to turn and farm this ready-made [...]