This week we’re looking at the world of interior design and architecture with sustainability in mind. The idea of using recycled materials and re-using plastics is one that is taking the globe by storm – not just because of the cool, edgy connotations but driven by the sheer necessity to try to reverse the mighty damage we’ve done to our oceans and planet. Here at Wylde IA, we design with sustainability as part of our process, we use local suppliers and materials wherever possible and never as a last minute thought.

Last year our Director Maxine took up the challenge of a plastic-free January and started her project ‘Fantastic With Out Plastic’ which offers solutions to reduce or when possible, eliminate single-use plastics from daily consumption. It seems the professional design world are doing the same, recently more and more headlines are being made by architectural projects ticking the environmentally-friendly box by considering their processes and materials.

The idea of using reclaimed items in interior design is not a new one, but more and more high-end and luxury builds have turned to recycled wood and reclaimed brick in their own designs. We’re all familiar with the “hipster-esque” palette bed or driftwood coffee tables and it seems like this trend is here to stay, after all – we’re running out of options!

Last week, World Architecture News covered H&P Architects’ project ‘S Space’ (-S for Save the Stone & Scaffolding) in Vietnam; a stunning community space made from the discarded rocks left over on local construction sites, stone debris from Kem Trong and reusing scaffolding steel pipes. The project sits in an up-and-coming urban area nearby to both the Ha Nam and Ninh Binh provinces which have been subject to devastating illegal rock mining. Check out the article here;

https://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/article/1522385/vietnamese-designers-key-waste-debris

From entire buildings created from salvaged materials to commercial fit-outs from the links of Levi’s using reclaimed objects alongside independent designers creating entire furniture ranges from paper and plastic! We know that upcycling is in, and actually reclaimed objects can be transformed to look better than they’ve ever looked before. We’ve collected some of our favourite re-usage design projects with some so good you might be inspired to try yourself!