Line up for eye-catching colour, bold shapes, and a whole new angle on adding personality to As top designers embrace a mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle, we curate a selection of the coming year’s most stylish sustainable developments
Fast fashion has rightfully received its fair share of public scrutiny, but what of fast furniture and furnishings? Happily, 2022 looks set to be the year in which home design truly steps up to the sustainable mark. So, from all-natural wall art to zero-waste cookware, our roundup of five designer items is proof positive that waste not, want not.
A Bigger Splash
With each project tailor-made to your specifications at its headquarters in Milan, Italy, Wallpepper produces high-quality wallpapers realized with certified materials in a sustainable design process.
Perfect for your pool house or spa area, bathroom, and even in the shower stall, these wallpapers are printed on natural, sustainable, and PVC-free materials, a design choice ideal for spaces that are exposed to water and humidity. They are composed of smooth, pressed fiberglass sheets that are coated with a special antibacterial protective covering, making them easy to keep clean. The papers, from Italy’s Wallpepper, are available in a range of flora- and fauna-inspired designs.
Inspired by the ancient palimpsest cities of antiquity, these coasters are made by taking broken concrete fragments and casting them in resin. Each coaster pair is unique and handmade to order in concrete and resin.
It took Ted Bradley a year and “hundreds of fails” to perfect the illuminated rings that make up his Samsara
Multidisciplinary design studio BRCJ Designs has expertise in architecture, interior design, and home decor. The company was founded in Los Angeles by Benjamin R.C. Jones, who started out working on large-scale projects but is latterly “more focused on a smaller scale—single-family homes, custom furniture, design commissions…”
Jones experienced a newfound appreciation for the reuse of materials following a recent visit to Rome, where repurposed stone can be seen everywhere. This was the starting point for his Spolia coasters, Latin for spoils. The final sustainable design came about by accident—Jones dropped an early model while unmolding it and, rather than throwing the concrete fragments away, he cast them in resin.
Based in Somerset, England, Bee & Sons is a knitwear brand devoted to recycling, with a goal of proving that clothing manufacture can be truly circular.
Bee & Sons knitwear has been a long time in the making. “I first came across recycled wool 20 years ago when I wrote an article for a women’s magazine,” remembers founder and fashion journalist Deborah Bee. “It seemed amazing that we were sitting on an untapped resource of wool that was good enough to turn into new clothing.” On the hunt for wool at the beginning of lockdown, to knit a cardigan for a friend, Bee came across recycled yarns and decided to start her business.
“Reusing wool saves on pollution from making virgin yarn, and stops perfectly good fibers ending up in landfill.” Bee & Sons’ yarns are thoroughly washed and reconditioned before they become an elegant slouchy cardigan—choose from designs on the website or commission one to your own specifications and help Bee to “save the world, one cardigan at a time.”
A Cunning Pan
Hand-cast and hand-finished, the Samuel Groves Britannia range is ideal for back-to-basics cooking, home cooks, or professionals—and is guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Heritage brand Samuel Groves has been making cast-iron cookware since 1817 but it is keeping up with the expectations of its 21st-century customers. Its new Britannia pans are made from more than 70 percent recycled material and are 100 percent recyclable at end of life (they also come with a lifetime guarantee), possibly making them the world’s first “circular” cookware. The “cast-iron with a conscience” collection, which is pre-seasoned, boasts outstanding results on all cooktops.
Twist & Shine
Available in a contemporary black or white varnished metal finish, each Flex lamp also features CicloItalia’s trademark brass details throughout its movable elements.
Back in the 1980s, acclaimed lighting designer Enzo Catellani returned from a visit to eastern Asia with some unusual bicycle headlamps that he had come across. He liked them so much he repurposed them into the Ciclocina lamp. When the originals went out of production, his company Catellani & Smith started making its own new version, the CicloItalia.
The firm has now reinvented the headlamp once more as the CicloItalia Flex. As the name suggests, the ceiling, wall, and floor lamps have a branching element that can be moved—“flexed”—into your desired position or configuration, to shine perfectly angled light into your chosen space.
Banner image: Giverny wallpaper by Italian brand Wallpepper
Just Listed on Lake Simcoe: 968 Degrassi Cove Pl W, Innisfil
This custom home direct waterfront home was built in 2000 by the current owner and has served as a sanctuary for family and friends. Over their 22 years of ownership, they have enjoyed the property during every season.
Degrassi Cove is a small and exclusive waterfront community and share the private road. The forested lands on the opposite side of the street provide great privacy. There is no vehicle traffic other than the neighbours, so it is very safe for kids.
Built as a 4-season home and located on the west-side of Lake Simcoe. You will enjoy north-west facing views of the lake and sunsets. There are no stairs to the water’s edge. The water table is level to the lot, which offers a beautiful beach area along the shoreline. There is great swimming and boating. The portable dock is 65 ft long with a 12’ x 12’ patio area. Boating enthusiasts can store their boat in the dry boathouse. Entertaining on the lake is so easy!
The home offers 2,700 sf on the main and upper level. The principal rooms offer generous space including a large private family room, formal dining room, large great room combined with the eat-in kitchen. In addition, there is 1,535 sf of finished space on the walk-out level. There are four generous size bedrooms. The primary bedroom is situated on the main level and overlooks the lake, and includes a five-piece ensuite, a walk-in closet and a garden door to the lakeside patio area. The three other bedrooms are located on the second floor.
The lower level includes a large recreation room with wood-burning fireplace and a walk-out to the lake. A large office with a built-in desk and bookcases can serve as a large 5th bedroom. The 3-piece bathroom is also equipped with a partially finished cedar-lined sauna. There is plenty of storage space on this level too.
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Staging by @chateau_designandstaging
This professionally designed custom-built home embodies a comfortable, vintage cottage feel built with energy efficient maintenance-free materials. This home offers a private park-like setting, with in- town conveniences. It’s a nature lover’s lot…a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. This one in in a million home was showcased in a 16-page spread in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine.
Shiplap walls and wood slat ceilings throughout impart a cabin-like coziness. The primary bedroom is secluded on the main floor overlooking a wooded area that surrounds the property. The front office duals as an additional main floor bedroom adjacent to a 3-piece bathroom. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms that provide enhanced privacy for guests. One of the bedrooms functions as a seating area with a Murphy bed and small kitchenette. It has been designed as a secure space for future rental opportunity.
Located in the charming lakeside village of Bayfield, this property is a stone-throw away from Lake Huron, a short walk to town, the fishing pier and marina, Pioneer Park and the Community playground. This spectacular property backs on to a designated environmental area and surrounded by trees makes it an ideal retreat for entertaining family and friends.
It’s no secret that green has been trending in a major way lately. Not only does the leafy shade conjure the sensation of being outdoors after two years cooped up at home, it also is a versatile (and welcome) alternative to traditional colors like white and gray.
Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
Large wrap-around deck features West-facing views of 2-acre park of which you would be a 1/10th owner. Private dock for all park owners. Deeded Lake Simcoe access is rare to find. Very private setting with mature trees.
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staging by @chateau_designandstaging
photography by @ishutterphoto
20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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The full listing can be found on our site & on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)