A Conscious Space
At this year’s Independent Hotel Show, London designers Harris & Harris have created ‘The Conscious Bedroom’. Using three products from Domus, the Conscious Bedroom highlights a number of factors to consider when designing a ‘conscious’ space, emphasising the different social, sustainable or eco features of products which can be incorporated when creating a contemporary hotel bedroom.
The aim of the Conscious Bedroom is to introduce real-life solutions for designers, clients and end-customers alike who are looking to be more conscious about their sourcing, buying and lifestyle habits. Born from insight obtained from dedicated research, the space incorporates products and furniture which have the least environmental and social impact. These include natural or recycled materials, locally sourced products, or products which have a positive effect in the community where they are made. While designing this space, Harris & Harris carefully considered the sustainability of every element of the room, from floor to ceiling…
In parallel to curating these sustainable products and brands, Harris & Harris were focused on ensuring the overall design felt fresh, inviting and luxurious. Alongside a number of other brands, Domus have supplied high quality design products which have a reduced impact on the environment when compared to their widely available counterpart products. These include FSC® 100% engineered wood flooring, handmade unglazed ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles with 40% recycled content.
Aura Engineered Wood flooring comprises an oak wear layer and softwood backing, 100% of which is FSC® chain of custody (FSC® C124301) certified.
- FSC® runs a global forest certification system with a focus on two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody.
- In terms of responsible forest management, FSC® comply with all applicable laws, regulations and nationally-ratified international treaties, conventions and agreements.
- FSC® helps maintain, conserve and restore ecosystem services and environmental values of the management unit, and avoid, repair or mitigate negative environmental impacts.
- Chain of custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC® materials and products are checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC® labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC® certified.
New Terracotta ceramic tiles are moulded by hand with no machinery used in the process and the unglazed raw bisque tiles (used here) are only fired once.
- Tiles are made from clay sourced locally to the factory in central Portugal, from a location only a few miles from where the tiles are made.
- The tiles are dried in the factory using heat captured from the kilns prior to firing.
- All liquid waste and ‘scrap clay’ from the process are put it back into making new tiles.
- The raw bisque tiles are unglazed and only fired once, using half the energy required to make the glazed tiles (which are fired twice).
Creta porcelain tiles are comprised of 40% recycled content, made up of ‘waste’ porcelain that would otherwise end up as land-fill
- The manufacturer is signed up to The Environmental Product Declaration (ISO 14001).
- In the tile drying process (prior to being fired), energy is produced via cogeneration, meaning electricity to power the factories is produced using waste heat (steam) from the industrial process; and a source of heat is created from the use of steam from the electric power generation.