The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on what is important to us. As part of the WyldeIA work culture we try to evaluate and improve our ways of working or approaches to projects continuously rather than just at the beginning of the year and one of those objectives is to be sustainable. An increasingly common trend within the architecture and interior design industry of reusing materials and reworking existing spaces is a welcome one.

In Bristol it’s hard to step foot outside without noticing the vast developments popping up across the city. Demolition is a costly activity both financially and on the environment. Not just the waste and debris but the management and transportation of the waste often leaves a footprint worth reconsidering. Redevelopment and renovation of existing buildings is not only a solution to negative environmental impact caused through demolition, but also allows for exciting adaptions and preservation strategies. Shifts in public policy and regulation has seen a rise in renovation and usage of derelict spaces in recent years.

From an architectural stand point there are obvious limitations to reusing an existing space. However, the structure of a building can influence the design of the space, providing solutions that otherwise wouldn’t be considered. When it comes to the interior design of a space; reusing materials can create a sense of place that heavily annotates the desired aesthetic. Salvaged textiles and materials tell more of a story. The sense of nostalgia attached to recycled, up-cycled and reworked items cannot be imitated and reproduced with new materials.

Reclaimed furniture and furnishings are popular elements of modern design schemes due to their ability to capture a particular design era or style. This eco-system of reuse in the design world is creating an environmentally responsible trend of be resourceful before immediately looking to start with something new.

We couldn’t be more supportive of the architecture & interior design industry being more sustainable. We’re always looking to find solutions that are mindful of their social, environmental and economic consequences. Not only that, but we love the visual impact of using reworked materials and re-used components as part of a new interior design scheme.

We’ve created a gallery of reworked interior design elements. Enjoy.