Modern Heritage Meets Scandi Chic

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Furniture, Recycling / upcycling, Vintage

This project for Norway’s TV2 show ‘Tid for Hjem’, proposed that we redesign a family living and dining room within a countryside villa built by family members during the 1920s. The home is situated down a quiet lane with spectacular views out onto lakes, trees and mountains; a setting that was the inspiration for many of the books written by the …

Mindful Working Environments

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Busy modern day offices, particularly open-plan and collaborative spaces, are filled with many disruptive noises: phones ringing, machines whirring, photocopiers beeping and other people’s conversations. In fact, research demonstrates that we are distracted once every 11 minutes whilst at work and it can take us 23 minutes to regain our concentration. This can make it extremely difficult to remain focused …

Say goodbye fracking, hello eco home mini biodigester

oliver General, Recycling / upcycling, Technology/ Energy Saving

The ongoing protests against oil drilling in the West Sussex village of Balcombe have called many people to assess their view on fracking and its impact on local communities – with many concerned by the environmental impact plus the concerns about water contamination and potential earthquakes. The government meanwhile  seems gripped by an “obsession” with fracking and blind to the …

Plastic bag free day – for better, cleaner environment.

oliver Environmental events, General, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Bag Free World are the organisers of the International plastic bag free day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate or radically reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in the world. There are some truly shocking statistics – in 2011 in the UK, 254 plastic bags were given out every second whilst around the world the average plastic bag …

Global sharing day is coming – make your eco home be part of an eco community

oliver Environmental events, General, Recycling / upcycling

Sharing goods, knowledge and services makes so much sense, and it’s fast becoming a popular, sustainable alternative to conventional consumerism that is taking the world by storm. Global Sharing Day 2013 is set to be The Greatest Share on Earth, taking place this weekend (2nd June 2013). It is a celebration of collaborative consumption, with the aim of making sharing …