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sustainable interiors: a retail space based on conscious materials

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Materials carry stories and intentional material selections can convey strong messages, ultimately turning a space into more than just a space.

In this beauty shop, the material palette shows very clearly that waste is really just a word and that everything can have value if we allow it to.

a conscious material palette

The space features a variety of sustainable materials. Either waste-based or bio-based, they highlight two routes to a conscious use of resources: salvaging what already exists and turning waste into something completely new.

Salvaged materials are present throughout. The central display island features reclaimed travertine slabs for the top and salvaged plasterboard for the legs. Waste plasterboard is also used to make display units, and the wall shelves are made with reclaimed steel.

The design also showcases the potential of bio-based materials. Interior drapes are made with seaweed-and-collaged-based bioplastic, and the same material is used in the window panels, alternated with hemp fabric. Several display columns and furniture legs have been grown using mycelium, which is also employed as a bio-based dye for the seaweed textile.

In a sandy-toned interior, dark cork elements carry a colour and texture statement through the main space. Kitchen and toilet feature cork tiles, coated with a hard wax finish.

The central display island.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Close-up of the salvaged travertine top.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Close-up of a travertine top on a mycelium leg.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Salvaged plasterboard display units.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Seaweed curtains.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Close-up of the seaweed and hemp fabric textiles.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
View of the main shop room.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor

sustainable design choices

A sustainable approach to design goes beyond materials, including processes.

In this project, particular attention has been paid when handling materials, making sure to generate as few scraps as possible. For instance, the removed timber floor has not been discarded but sold, donating the proceeds to charity.

Besides, the entire space has been designed with reversibility in mind. Throughout the shop, furniture components are assembled with an eye to the future, accounting for easy disassembly and allowing for convenient material repurposing.

Dark cork, salvaged plasterboard and mycelium counter.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Dark cork shelving unit and recycled steel shelves.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor
Display units with seaweed textile in the background.
Credit: Nina+Co – Ph: Anna Batchelor

Waste has a lot to give. From offcuts and scraps to waste-based innovations, there’s a whole new library of materials to embrace to design spaces that are full of character and meaning while weighing less on our planet.

Design: Nina+Co
Photography: Anna Batchelor

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