Eco homes need to get Smart – make your home Better with smart materials, products and technologies

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving

As a designer I’m seeing a wide range of so called “Smart” products and materials that are enhancing our lives and our homes, coming onto the market – some are with us now and some are emerging technologies. Not simply the never ending stream of connected consumer electronics and IT items but also others such as materials and products – …

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 …

Eco Kitchen Interiors set to become smart intelligent spaces

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

With kitchens being the one space in the home that uses the most resources on a daily basis, were seeing that eco kitchens are also set to become smart kitchens – learning and adapting user behaviour – minimising resource input to maximise output -might even bring a smile to the eco side of Grodon Ramsay ! But what are the …

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

oliver Furniture, General, Materials, Natural stuff

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 we are taking a look …

Bathrooms of the future – saving us water and giving us so much more

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

Im always on the lookout for surveys and stats that tell us a little more about how we want to live, rather than the way we currently do- they can be a fascinating insight for any designer particularly those interested in the Future Home. Well this week its bathrooms. A recent survey of 1500 home owners by bathroom manufacturer  Ideal …

Eco Homes – Detoxing for 2013

oliver Furniture, General, Healthy spaces, Materials

It’s a New year and time for a fresh start. I’m sure many of us have made resolutions to ‘detox’, but how about detoxing our homes? Or even better, Smart technology that will do it for us? Chinese based Ecovacs have created the Famibot. It’s main aim is to roam your floor and purify the air. However it can also …