I am a huge endorser of mindful, eco-friendly design and Kalukanda House was built in this way. It is not always possible to make the fully green choice but more innovation from suppliers, more demand from consumers and more enthusiastic designers are leading the way to create sumptuous interiors that are environment friendly.
Spaces are either memorable or not and as we become more aware of our green credentials, Interior Design can be seen by some as a wasteful luxury that is bad for the environment. I would argue the opposite ; good interior designers are an investment worth every penny you spend on them, creating beautiful, personalised schemes and helping to avoid expensive mistakes.
Great interior designers lead from the front and take it upon themselves to guide their clients through ethical procurement methods, sourcing eco-friendly products and ensuring collaboration with the right partners of the same mindset. This promotes a sustainable approach which most clients would choose given the opportunity, and also ensures that communities of craftspeople are recognised for their invaluable contribution and legacy to society.
Here we showcase a beautiful set pulled together by our friend and acclaimed interior designer Henry Prideaux, founder of his eponymous brand. I love that he used nature as a theme for inspiration and incorporated stunning rugs made from recycled plastic as well as beautiful tropical plants and Africal inspired accessories to create a highly textured, warm, inviting space that you can imagine sinking into. The diversity of elements and influences results in a standout space any client would be proud of.
Henry describes the scheme and how it came together.
WOVEN: Design Inspired by Nature, by Henry Prideaux Design
In time for the launch of London Design Week 2020 Robert Langford Furniture and Henry Prideaux Interior Design came together in an exciting design collaboration to create an eye-catching installation for John Cullen Lighting at their Kings Road showroom in one of West London’s hottest interior design destinations, Chelsea Design Quarter.
The concept stems from the transitional period between Winter and Spring, creating a space that is cosy and enveloping yet conveys a sense of optimism. The blues and earthy tones of the fabrics echo the sky and landscape in Winter which, when paired with Spring-themed planting and hand-made woven natural fibre accessories, reflect a design inspired by nature. Hand woven rugs form a base for the furniture, culminating in a space that is woven together into one articulate scheme.
A selection of decorative pieces, baskets and contemporary ceramics, handcrafted in South Africa and curated by exciting new homewares brand Hadeda were on display to provide an organic element to work in harmony with a pair of elegant table lamps from the And Objects decorative lighting range at Porta Romana, creating a relaxed, laidback vibe.
A pair of luxurious rugs by Jennifer Manners, including one from her recently launched /re/PURPOSE range, which uses thousands of plastic bottles in the manufacture which would otherwise be put in landfill, will anchor each arrangement adding depth and subtle pattern, and lush tropical-style indoor planting, hand-selected by garden designer, Nicholas Obolensky Design, promises to bring the whole scheme to life with an energising flourish of greenery.
The installation will be professionally lit by the team at John Cullen Lighting, showcasing the impressive nature-inspired display with the very best in architectural and landscape lighting solutions, including models from their new Kew and Hampton garden lighting range.
Our /re/PURPOSE Collection, the very first of its kind, is a sustainable approach to timeless rugs. Comprised of uniquely plush recycled plastic, these hand-knotted rugs are a luxurious yet eco-conscious solution to the need for hard-wearing and stain-resistant rugs. Discarded polyethylene components – that would otherwise find their way into the ocean or landfill – are processed using heat and water (then itself recycled) to create a surprisingly soft and robust yarn. Each piece is handmade-to-order by our artisans in India with the same gentle care and rigorous ethical standards as any other Jennifer Manners rug. These are refined designs with a mission in mind.
Awarded ‘Best Sustainable Product’ at Decorex 2019 & The English Home Magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’.
Hadeda, named after the notorious South African bird well loved by locals for its loud bird-song, is a collective of unique home and lifestyle collections sourced from talented artisans and co-ops across many disciplines including fashion, ceramics, art, weaving, beading and carpentry from Africa.
Founded by Kate Kindersley, who grew up between Africa and UK, Hadeda is informed by a belief in the enduring value of craft and design over mass production. Hadeda’s offerings are rich in African heritage; diverse and distinct to the countries that they come from include a stunning collection of outdoor furniture, all made of handwoven cane using traditional techniques by villagers in Malawi.
As Kate says: “From traditional passed-down techniques to modern design, there are so many streams of talented designers in Africa. I want to share the magic, wonder, tradition and excitement of discovering these talented makers with others.”
The aim when launching HADEDA was to create a platform in the UK for African artisans to tell the incredible stories of women-led businesses and artists, to shine a spotlight on those who use heritage craftsmanship to create not just beautiful designs, but ensure the artisans have viable employment and fair pay and to give them a global space to showcase their incredible wares.
Hadeda also works with co-operatives, charities and foundations who create products specifically to sell to help fund their own social and environmental projects within their communities. The aim is to provide them with regular employment, a safe working environment and regular orders to help them facilitate their projects, rather than relying on funding from donations. They also work to ensure the artisans and a diverse range of models and creatives are visible on all of their channels, from the website to social media. It is not about tokenism, but building a collaborative, organic and true reflection of the incredible people behind everything at Hadeda.
The material and energy used to create the products treads as lightly as possible on the planet - the handmade nature ensures a slower, more mindful production process - with natural materials from sustainable sources, such as the cane furniture, baskets woven from indigenous grasses and natural clay pots and pendant lights. Many of the products are also either upcycled or created from the remnants or off-cuts that would otherwise go to waste. All deliveries are shipped by sea as it is the lowest carbon option for the pieces to reach the UK.
London-based interior designer, Henry Prideaux is known for combining classic and contemporary interior styles to create real homes with character and a focus on decorative detail.
Henry Prideaux Interior Design was established in 2014 to provide a person-alised interior design service for private clients. Following an introduction in his early twenties to interior decorator Jonathan Hudson, Henry Prideaux learned the trade before honing his skills within some of the industry's most recognised interior design practices including Nicky Haslam's NH Design and Harrods Interiors.
These foundations have given him a great knowledge of different interior styles, an understanding of space and proportion, together with a sense of good taste, enabling him to deliver a range of residential and commercial projects in London, the UK and international destinations.
As the creative force behind the company, Henry is passionate about interiors and constantly strives to develop beautiful, original, bespoke design to add to his portfolio of completed projects
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