So what’s new? Well, it turns out, quite a lot. With news on the sustainable front too. But before we get into that, thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments yesterday. A couple of early nights and things always seem much better. Although I fear the lockdown madness may have got to us as The Mad Husband and I are currently engaged in a debate about how Henry the Hoover’s smug face irritates us and would it be cruel to cover it up and return him/it to inanimate vacuum status rather than anthropomorphic household object. Thoughts?
And while you ponder that, where to start with today’s news round up? First up, the newest of the new, is the launch of Interior Design Declares, a group of nine interior designers have teamed up and joined forces with Construction Declares, issuing a call to the entire industry to recognise the twin emergencies of climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Buildings and construction account for nearly 40 per cent of energy related CO2 emissions and also has a significant impact on our natural habitats.
In a statement signed by Oliver Heath, Chloe Bullock of Materialise Interiors, Persona Abode (all of whom have featured on the podcast) as well as Elemental Studio and Studio Suss, among others, they pledge to raise awareness, advocate for change, minimise waste and worth with the construction industry to regenerate rather than demolish and rebuild.
You can read the full statement at the link above and if you are an interior designer you can sign up your own studio. If you aren’t a designer but want to support the movement you can hire one of them for your own project. At the time of writing 34 designers had also signed up.
Staying with sustainability and John Lewis & Partners is to fund a three year cashmere programme in Mongolia to safeguard the future of the sector. The scheme is run by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance to promote best practice in land management, animal welfare and supply chain transparency as climate change and the increased demand for this material are putting pressure on the fragile eco systems the industry relies on.
John Lewis will fund 420 herders in Inner Mongolia with training provided by a leading animal welfare NGO and local experts. A spokesman for the company said: “We are committed to ensuring all key raw materials in our own brand products will be from sustainable or recycled sources by 2025. This work will protect the welfare of the goats, the land and the livelihoods of thousands of families who are dependent upon the production of cashmere fibres.”
Now for some new stuff, but keeping it responsible. The Danish company Broste Copenhagen has launched PAM, a flat pack table made from recycled paper with an iron top. It is held together by a strong magnet and can be used as a side table, stool or bedside table.
There are two sizes: dark grey is 40cm high and 50cm wide, while the brown is 60cm high and 40cm wide. Both cost £299.
Some of you may remember I have featured Print Sisters Archive in my Directory of Small Businesses and in addition to their archive textile prints they have now expanded into cushions and throws. The Nouveau Blossom blanket is an example of Japonism and embodies the influence that Japan had on the arts in France from the 1860s onwards. It’s made in the USA from 98 per cent recycled cotton and is at a special launch price of £199 (this will rise to £220).
So we’ve covered sustainability in theory and practice and now we have some heritage with news of a tile collection from Ca Pietra inspired by, and in collaboration with, The National Trust. A minimum of £10,000 from sales will be given to the Trust to help it continue its work in preserving and maintaining history.
There are lots of gorgeous patterns as well as classic metro style in soft pinks and blues as well as some rather gorgeous screen printed patterned tiles which I predict will be hugely popular. The collection launches next month but I have sprinkled a few images around here so you can see.
Lastly, two events that you might like to investigate. Firstly The Museum of the Home has linked up with Behind the Door to launch a fundraising campaign in collaboration with The London Homeless Collective to tackle female homelessness in the UK. The lots have been offered by a female artisans, writers and designers and include items such as pictures and candles and experiences – an interiors consultation with Maria Speake, the co-founder of Retrouvius or travel to Venice to cook with Skye McAlpine in her home. The auction runs until this Friday 26 March and lots start at £40 for a picture – you can see them all and place your bid here. Currently you can design and blow your own glass candlesticks for £370 or have your hair done at George Northwood followed by dinner at Claridges for £,1025 but there are lots and lots of prizes of all types.
And as that auction ends so the Digital Craft Festival begins. The two day event – Friday to Sunday – brings together 150 makers for a weekend of talks, workshops, interviews and demonstrations. Highlights include Richard Miller, judge of the Great Pottery Throwdown, discussing his love of clay and how multi-culturism has shaped his practice as well as Jim Parkyn, model maker and animator (Sean the Sheep is among his oeuvres) who will be hosting a live makealong.
Details are at the link. Have fun.