Wellness centers are spaces aimed at relaxation, regeneration, and self-care.
These feelings can be the starting point of a design strategy that — embracing biophilic principles — supports mental and physical restoration, allowing guests to experience the most recharging retreat.

A space for the self

Generally speaking, a wellness retreat is a time to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with the self.

The design of wellness centers should go accordingly, introducing refuge features as often as possible to facilitate these private moments.
Or, the entire space could be conceived as a refuge, with lower ceilings, enveloping shapes, diffuse light, and cave-like atmospheres.


How can tableware have anything to do with waste?

Well, the concept of waste is relative, and the use we make of it these days is quite arguable. In particular, we call things waste way too easily, filling landfills with perfectly functional materials.

To unhinge this wrong perception of waste, let’s look at things from a circular design perspective and pair two apparent opposites: tableware — clean and pristine — and waste.

Here’s a selection of sustainable tableware, all made with non-virgin materials — aka waste! …


Sustainability is a hugely important subject.
Lately, it has become a hot topic (and rightly so), but this risen popularity is causing some confusion, to the point of casting doubts on the very value of the term sustainability.

In this article, we’re going to address some of the criticisms that are sometimes moved to this word and explore what exactly it means to be sustainable.

Sustainability: an empty word?

Now that sustainability has become such a common term, somebody says it has in fact lost its meaning, becoming an empty buzzword used only to attract attention. …


Credit: Q de Bouteilles

Sustainable designs are often examples of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. In particular, material choices are frequently directed towards what would otherwise go to waste.

An example is the reuse of common everyday stuff. And I’m calling it stuff for a reason, as these are usually things we don’t attach a big value to in their first life. But — in the right hands — even they can become mind-blowing design objects!

Tea bags

Drinking tea is a common everyday activity for many people. What’s less common is knowing that tea waste can have a second, more long-lasting life, which notches the very…


Since the beginning of the pandemic, every industry has reflected on its own future, trying to figure out which permanent changes the pandemic will bring.

Interior design has been particularly concerned because the way we interact with spaces has drastically changed during the past year.
The first big divide is between public spaces — too crowded and dirty right now — and private spaces, our homes.
Like never before, homes have become a safe harbour. For months, we’ve been doing literally everything from our four walls: working, shopping, meeting friends, exercising, and even celebrating the holidays!

The question is: how…


Keep products and materials in use is one of the founding principles of a circular economy model.
Like two sides of the same coin, this principle includes two complementary aspects: replacing virgin resources with recycled inputs when making new products, and designing products that last as long as possible in the first place.

Let’s then explore some insights and connections that come from keeping products and materials in use, with examples from sustainable interior design.

Keep materials in use

Producing new objects shouldn’t necessarily need new materials.
In fact, the useful life of materials is often much longer than the one of the objects…


Countertops, backsplashes, vanity tops…surfacing materials are used in a myriad of places in interiors.
And there exists a myriad of options to choose from!

In this episode of Sustainable Roundups, we’re discovering 10 planet-friendly options, all sourced — as usual — from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design platform I curate.

Stone debris

The natural stone industry generates plenty of leftovers, from bigger stone chunks to stone powder.
These can all be reused in surfacing materials that owe their beautiful terrazzo texture to nothing less than waste.

Product selection:

Credit: Altrock

In its essence, biophilic design aims at reconnecting people with nature on a deeper level. Which includes acknowledging that we are part of nature and we rely on its delicate balance for survival.

Forecasts say that our world will become even more urbanized in the coming years — thus access to nature is bound to decrease even further.
Unless…unless the very concept of city design moves into a biophilic direction! This doesn’t just mean planting more trees and making space for more parks though.
So today we’re reviewing 3 interesting proposals rooted in the deeper meaning of biophilic city.

A city for people, animals and nature

Currently…


When speaking about sustainable designs, a lot has to do with materials.

Less harmful materials are created.
By-products are given a purpose.
Waste is upcycled.

Looking at materials impartially is a skill to be learnt though, as our preconceptions over materials can hinder their potential!
Today, we’re focusing on materials that are commonly thrown into household recycling bins. Even though this action marks the end of one of their lives, this doesn’t mean they can’t have more…

Paper

Letters, newspapers, leaflets…everyday life is full of paper. …


It’s that time of the year again, Christmas is coming!
And even though it will be different in many ways this year, it’s still going to be a chance to take a break and enjoy the little pleasures of the holiday season.

One of them is certainly giving, be it time, love or carefully chosen gifts.
As usual, DforDesign gift guide is an occasion to highlight sustainable designs. And this year, it’s focused on independent creators and smaller brands.

I hope you’ll find some good inspiration!

DforDesign

Interior designer+Content creator on a mission: making interiors good for wellbeing (biophilic design) & our planet. My entire blog: https://dfordesign.style

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