Monthly Archives: April 2019

Three Eco-Friendly Ideas That Will Transform Your Interiors

Last month DECO magazine Editor Abby Trow joined us at our Chelsea Harbour showroom to talk all things eco-interiors. Just like so many others,  Topfloor is committed to making positive changes to the way we live in order to reduce our negative impact on the planet. Interior design, architecture and product manufacture are major players in our consumption of the Earth’s resources, and as suppliers we have a responsibility to make sustainable choices and provide the best options we can to those who choose to work with us. It’s not just suppliers who can make a difference. Every day interior designers and architects specify furniture, accessories and material finishes to create the environments around us. So what are the options for eco-friendly interiors?

Bamboo, photographed by Omar Rodriguez. (via Unsplash)

Embrace boho-glamour with bamboo…

According to writer Yvette Hymann and material directory goodonyou.eco, bamboo can be a surprisingly sustainable crop. A fast growing grass, it requires no fertiliser and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. When compared to cotton cultivation, which requires large amounts of water, pesticides and labour, and the deforestation tied to more traditional wood finishes, the advantages are obvious. Creatively speaking, bamboo is a highly versatile material, use for decades for everything from elegant furniture design, architectural structures, decorative items and even wall and floor covering.We use it extensively in our bespoke rug creations not only for its eco credentials but also for its aesthetic and versatility:

 

A few of Topfloor’s bamboo rug textures 

Opt for cruelty-free material…

Bamboo is often chosen as a more affordable alternative to natural silk  which for centuries has been the material of choice for luxury rug and carpet makers. But there is a dark side to silk. Traditionally, silk yarn is extracted from the cocoons of the silkworms by boiling them alive. Recently, we have discovered a new natural silk extraction process developed by the Eris company which does not require the ultimate sacrifice by the worms. We are already using this new silk in our rug and accessory productions and not only does it tick all the eco boxes but the results are stunning.

Close-up of a Topfloor hand-knotted rug in Eri silk

 

New Eri silk fabrics

Our wood flooring studio gets maximum points on the eco scale since all of our floors are certified by FSC and or PEFC. These are the two certifying bodies that ensure the highest sustainability and eco friendly credentials for all forest products materials and their application across many different product sectors.

Topfloor’s FSC-certified ‘Black Oyster’ in a Beirut penthouse by Kelly Hoppen Interiors.

A nightclub-inspired WC designed by Daniel Hopwood, photographed by Andrew Beasley.

Invest in the latest green technologies…

Finally, British interior design + Japanese technology = eco smarts for the smallest room. The bathroom might not seem like the obvious place to start, but former BIID President and interior designer Daniel Hopwood has some wise words when it comes to going green. Hopwood believes that we can transform the carbon footprint of our homes while improving functionality too. He recommends exploring the recently launched NEOREST AC washlet from Japanese innovators TOTO. He explains why going high-tech and avoiding the need for harsh chemicals and toilet paper is a step in the right direction, “Here we are, still throwing chemicals down the pan, as well as the dreaded wet wipes believing they are biodegradable which they are not.  Still lurking in the corner is the loo brush, certainly not an object of desire. What a sorry affair in every home. Last year I took a trip to Japan and saw the blinding light, a TOTO NEOREST AC. Be prepared to be amazed. the water swirling about the bowl is not just any water, its electrolysed water which acts like a bleach killing all germs, but moments later returns to being just water. Genius. A UV light integrated in the lid which combines with the zirconium coating triggers a decomposition process, making a toilet brush totally unnecessary. There is no other loo out there that can meet such environmental credentials.”

Topfloor’s FSC-certified ‘Black Oyster’ in a Beirut penthouse by Kelly Hoppen Interiors.