A Manifesto for Sustainability – The Future is Green. Or at least it should be. The latest edition of the renowned trade fair ISaloni, a major event for the interior design sector, lived up to that assumption and focused on the theme. Interior Design Magazines tells you all about it!
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A Manifesto for Sustainability
ISaloni Bets the Future Is Green
From exhibits to product announcements: the 61st edition of ISaloni placed sustainability at the forefront, with topics such as reuse, circularity, and good environmental practices.
The Salone del Mobile 2023 had returned to exhibit sustainability in a cross-disciplinary manner. The event focused on reuse, regeneration, circularity, and energy conservation, but also on the origins of materials, promoting installations that can be demolished and reused, novel manufacturing processes, and items developed with a circular perspective.
A Greener Edition
The 61st edition focused on the environment and demonstrated the dedication to sustainability certifications, such as ISO 20121, and being in conformity with the United Nations Global Compact.
It was time (and about time!) to say goodbye to massive structures with a brief lifespan. The new installations were built of wood and recyclable cardboard and are lightweight, modular, and reusable.
Promoting Natural Raw Materials
Natural raw materials such as cotton, wool, and jute, as well as wood and paper, have been reintroduced by many projects and brands. Acquired locally and produced using artisan processes, they are one step closer to a more sustainable design concept. Take for example Woodnotes, which selects materials from the harsh Finnish natural environment and processes them using old techniques and new technology to create paper yarns interpreted in a contemporary tone. House of Lyria, which this year launched a collection of sofas and armchairs created by Federico Pazienza, employs natural textiles and dyes them with organic hues derived from coffee, tea, or ash.
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Recycling is Never Out of Fashion
Presented product innovations were built on recycled and recyclable materials. An origami setup demonstrates the nature of the VentiTre walk-in closet by Lema, which is made of 100% recycled wood and is easy to disassemble. Caimi utilizes nylon waste – such as fishing nets – to make the first ECONYL® fabric that can be eternally regenerated. Arper displays the Aava 02 chair in post-consumer recycled polypropylene blended with virgin materials.
For many companies, the term “sustainability” has a larger connotation. This is the case with Porro, which not only cares for the environment by using only selected raw materials and limiting waste and consumption, but it also cares for people, by providing surrounded by green spaces and with great windows that allow for natural light. The same happens at PullCast and LUXXU‘s headquarters – the brands’ offices and showrooms have a privileged location, and its employees are able to relax, during break hours, among vegetation and farm animals.
Is Sustainability a trend that has come to stay? We sure hope so! ISaloni’s Manifesto for Sustainability has, once more, set the discussion on the table, and we can only expect it to become an eye-opener for many companies that still question its benefits. If you are into interior design with a green conscience, keep on reading Interior Design Magazines. We’ll keep you posted!