Sustainable interior design: 3 styles for the outdoor

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We’re living in an extremely rich era with regards to sustainable interior design.
Products are made of eco-friendly and recycled materials, more companies are becoming mindful of their impact on the environment and their use of natural resources. Not to mention the growing field of circular design, which starts from a complete mindset shift to create a world where waste is practically not existent anymore. Things are starting to change in the interior design industry, and I often talk about the latest developments of sustainable design on these pages.

Going back to the everyday side of interior design though, beauty and functionality are the two thing we all look for in an interior… and I don’t expect this to change anytime soon!

Now the question is:
Can beauty, functionality and sustainability go together?

As I always like to say, turning to sustainable interior design doesn’t mean having to compromise on neither beauty nor functionality! And I’ve gotten even more convinced about this since I created SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab): my curated collection of sustainable home design items. So today, I’m going to prove my point…

I’ve created 3 concept designs for an outdoor space: 3 different styles but with 1 single concept: using all sustainable interior design items!
Curious? Let’s go!

1. Mediterranean

White and natural textures are the ingredients of the Mediterranean concept, that immediately brings the mind to warm breezy days by the sea.

Moodboard of an outdoor concept design in a Mediterranean style, created using all sustainable design products.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Inspiration picture: Sonja Ols (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab). All products are referenced below.

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1.Chair (Zorro by Sustainable Furniture) (opened in a new window/tab)
Zorro is a wicker chair whose hardwood framework is manufactured with re-afforested mahogany. (These chairs are also stackable!)

2.Lantern (SOLVINDEN by IKEA) (opened in a new window/tab)
SOLVINDEN is a solar-powered lantern that allows saving energy while creating light from an eco-friendly source.

3.Pouf (Ecopouf by Essent'ial) (opened in a new window/tab)
The cover of Ecopouf is made of recycled paper that is then coated to make it easily washable.

4.Baskets (Chinchilla by Weaver Green) (opened in a new window/tab)
Despite feeling like wool, the material of the Chinchilla baskets is made recycling plastic bottles and coloured with non-toxic dyes.

2. Earthy

The Earthy concept is a unique mix of deep warm tones and contemporary curved shapes, which recall the charm of terracotta pottery.

Moodboard of an outdoor concept design in a Earthy style, created using all sustainable design products.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Inspiration picture: Gervasoni (opened in a new window/tab). All products are referenced below.

GET THE STYLE
1.Chair (Cork 05 by Gervasoni) (opened in a new window/tab)
The Cork 05 chair is made entirely out of cork, a material that is harvested from the bark of the cork oak without damaging the tree, that regenerates and allows a new cork extraction after around 10 years.

2.Pendant light (Sfera by Bottega Intreccio) (opened in a new window/tab)
The Sfera lampshade is made of carefully selected wicker coming from bamboo processing. The wicker is patiently handwoven and the production of one lamp takes around 7 hours.

3.Cushions (Hammam and Oxford Stripe by Weaver Green) (opened in a new window/tab)
Despite feeling like wool, the material of these cushion covers is made recycling plastic bottles and coloured with non-toxic dyes. The inside is also entirely made of recycled plastic bottles.

4.Side tables (Phoenix by Baxter) (opened in a new window/tab)
Made entirely of terracotta, the Phoenix side tables are made with a traditional cooking method.

3. Sleek

With its minimalist soul, the Sleek concept brings together simple lines and the timeless charm of a black&white palette…how not to love it!

Moodboard of an outdoor concept design in a Sleek style, created using all sustainable design products.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign. Inspiration picture: Mim Design (opened in a new window/tab). All products are referenced below.

GET THE STYLE
1.Chair (Ocean by Mater) (opened in a new window/tab)
The Ocean chair is made of recycled fishnet and other hard plastic coming from the ocean. One chair uses 960g of ocean plastic waste.

2.Side table (ji by Bentu) (opened in a new window/tab)
The top of the ji side table is made upcycling concrete demolition debris that would otherwise go to waste.

3.Candle holder (Spike by Mater) (opened in a new window/tab)
The iron used to make the Spike candle holder is waste iron, coming mainly from old pipes and tubes.

4.Planter (jiao by Bentu) (opened in a new window/tab)
The jiao planter is made upcycling concrete demolition debris that would otherwise go to waste.
 

So what do you think of these sustainable interior designs? Be sure to check out SforSustainable (opened in a new window/tab) for more sustainable home design inspiration!

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