A year ago, Conscious Design was already playing a significant part in our process. In 2022, demand from investors, developers and tenants will evolve, requiring designers to deliver a seamless blend of creativity, experience and responsibility – everywhere from residential projects to new workplace and wellness-focused spaces.
An essential part of our EXCD process has long been to design for the greater good. This year, we're taking our cue from the fashion industry and pushing sustainability through materiality by sourcing natural, non-toxic and third-party certified organic materials wherever possible. Fundamentally, the materials we're selecting have a considered purpose that contributes something unique to comfort and durability while narrating a story that feels relevant to the eco-aware tenants of today.
Pinatex, an innovative natural textile that’s made from waste pineapple leaf fibre and colored using GOTS-certified pigments, is already used by fashion brands such as H&M, Sezane, Paul Smith and Delaunay. Applied to upholstery, it lends a piece strength, durability and water resistance.
Likewise, TENCEL fibers are extracted from sustainably grown wood using a unique closed-loop system that recovers and reuses solvents to minimize the environmental impact of production and provide a more conscious approach to upholstery. REPREVE fibers, on the other hand, are manufactured from 100% recycled materials, namely plastic bottles and post-consumer materials.
Cushions may be filled with a natural latex rubber; furniture springs can be made from highly-durable, mildew-resistant and biodegradable recycled steel and hemp twine. Frames are now being made from lightweight but eco-conscious bamboo, while finishes play out through recycled brass.
All in all, 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year.