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 …

Want to create a flat pack eco interior? – Start here with cardboard…

oliver Furniture, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

As we near London Design Festival I’m sure we’ll be seeing a flurry of ingenious cardboard designs. Cardboard is a material that many designers love. It has a lovely warm, mottled surface, it’s easy to work, highly recyclable and has a high recycled content to it. I mean, what’s not to love? The only downside for the consumer is that …

Let there be (low energy) light!

oliver Recycling / upcycling, Technology/ Energy Saving

Lighting is so often misunderstood in the home. Most people don’t use low energy lighting throughout, but they also forget it’s an essential tool for designers. Below are a few designers who I think are making unmissable eco-statements and future eco-home classics. Stuart Haygarth collects everyday objects in large quantities, before categorising and assembling them in a way that ‘transforms …