Sustainable Interior Design and Lighting
Posted on July, 2020
What is sustainable interior design?
How are interior designers becoming more sustainable?
This could mean choosing products with a continuous life cycle which don’t contribute to landfill or products that can be repaired by the supplier they were bought from. Consciously choosing these products requires building relationships with suppliers. By finding out the sustainable values of the suppliers they work with, designers can ensure the materials and products they use are responsibly sourced.
When it comes to materials, interior designers are looking to natural products which haven’t been compromised by toxins. All of this is made easier by educating clients on the benefits of sustainable solutions in comparison to traditional solutions. We know people are increasingly conscious of global warming and plastic pollution, but they may not associate these issues with interior design.
What is Kaia doing about it
Long lasting productsAt Kaia, our philosophy revolves around timeless, high-quality, and made-to-order hand-crafted design. We like to think of Kaia lighting products as the antithesis to mass production. To make this happen, we hand-pick artisans and suppliers from across Europe whose ethos matches our own. This means we know the sustainable credentials of each material we use, and each independent artisan we work with.
Inside our workshop: recycled glass and bespoke wooden moulds
This level of skill and technique gives Kaia lighting products the durability and longevity that is central to sustainable interior design. Earlier in this post we also mentioned the importance of choosing products with a circular economy. One of the ways we help to uphold this is by enabling customers to bring their Kaia lighting products back to us for repair – even years after they made the purchase. Choosing to repair a product instead of replacing it with something new is one of the simplest ways people can champion sustainable interior design.
Parts and finishes available at Kaia Lighting
Material is the starting point of environmental consciousness, and the main material we use for any lighting product is brass formed from a mix of zinc and copper. We also avoid using any plastics whenever we can. If you’ve browsed our lighting collection, you’d have noticed that metal finishes include patinated and brushed brass. That’s because we take a natural approach to metal that avoids powder coating and lacquering whenever possible, and means all of our plating procedures and workshops adhere to environmental laws.
ORA 6 Brass chandelier designed by Peter Straka
Another aspect of sustainable interior design that we believe shouldn’t be forgotten is the product’s packaging. When customers receive a hand-crafted lighting object from us, it comes in packing that is 90% plastic-free. In fact, the machine we use allows us to recycle old cardboard boxes from suppliers and turn them into filling material for our delivery packages – a small example of low-waste methodology. From the raw materials we use to the packaging our products are delivered in, we strive to centre luxury lighting design with environmental consciousness.
Kaia Lighting environmentally friendly packaging
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