Biomimicry: What eco design can learn from nature?

oliver Environmental events, General, Healthy spaces, Natural stuff

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 biomimetics is the examination of …

My favourite Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations for this Year

oliver General, Materials, Natural stuff, Recycling / upcycling, Vintage

What’s not to love about this mid winter festival of ours, although every year I get hit with a pang of just how am I going to do all this decorating and Christmassy stuff and still make it sustainable. Creativity, inspiration and upcycling is what’s called for. When it comes to decorating my own tree I’ve opted for a simple …

Sofa, So Green

oliver Fabrics, Furniture, General, Materials, Natural stuff, Recycling / upcycling, Vintage

Choosing eco home furnishings can be really tricky. Particularly for items that are a little more complex in their manufacture and don’t necessarily have a daily energy use. Subsequently, the provenance of manufacture and materials, embodied energy and durability of these pieces really comes into question.   Sofas are a prime example of a high-ticket, key item of furniture that …

Eco homes need eco heating: My Top Five Favourite Wood Burning Stoves

oliver General, Natural stuff, Recycling / upcycling

With winter setting in and chilly temperatures just around the corner (this mild spell can’t last forever), I thought I’d share my favourite wood burning stoves with you.   Come the winter, there aren’t many inanimate objects in my house that I love as much as my wood burning stove. There’s nothing like cycling home in the dark, pouring rain …

Vertical Environments – Not Just Tall Stories

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Natural stuff, Technology/ Energy Saving

Recently I was asked to get involved with a TV proposal looking to create an urban vertical farm from a disused tower block – codenamed ‘Pigs in Penthouses’. Sadly the show didn’t get commissioned, which is a real shame as it was brilliantly bonkers. But it’s thought provoking just how much aerial space has yet to be reclaimed by nature. …