Go green with our pick of furniture and products for the environmentally-conscious in Singapore
1 July 2016
With many issues like excessive deforestation and ozone deterioration plaguing or Earth today, it is encouraging to know that there are homeowners in Singapore who are making environmentally-conscious choices when decorating their houses. Here, Lookbox Living highlights five eco-friendly furniture and products that are stylish yet kind to this blue and green globe we call home. By Arman Shah.
In need of a display rack to showcase your framed pictures and other cherished home accessories? Give the Journey East showroom at Tan Boon Liat Building a visit. The furniture retailer in Singapore is renowned for its reclaimed teak wood furniture, including this stunning Sheffield five-tier shelving unit by District Eight.
Made of recycled hardwood, this avant-garde masterpiece also features original hand-cast iron shelf stops and custom-machined castors that were made with salvaged industrial materials. We love how it conveniently comes with wheels that make shifting it around the house a total breeze.
$5,630 (small) and $8,810 (big) from District Eight
Nothing beats the comforts of sinking into a plush sofa before switching on the TV to catch up on your favourite shows. With that being said, complete your living room furniture collection with this three-seat sofa from Crate and Barrel, a North American company that is dedicated to developing products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Most of its upholstered furniture boast sustainable hardwood frames, and this piece from the Taraval Sofa Collection – featuring an exposed Oak base – is no different. Comfort was also heavily prioritise in its design, with linen kidney cushions that hug your lower back and an eight-way hand-tied spring system that supports your every move.
For a good night’s sleep that leaves you feeling fresh and replenished instead of grouchy and lethargic, invest in a good bed from Originals. The furniture retailer – boasting a stunning showroom at Sime Darby Centre that showcases 20 different home settings – has been partnering with suppliers that use FSC-certified materials, including reclaimed teak from destroyed or abandoned buildings.
We love the plough bed from its Nomad Village collection that flaunts a beautifully rustic whitewash finish. As its name implies, its headboard and floorboard were constructed using the bases of old pillars or salvaged ploughs. If you worry about its stability, just know that every piece of wood was fumigated to ensure that they are structurally sound before being used to make a contemporary piece of furniture.
If you were looking to entertain guests in your outdoor space, you will need some patio furniture that effortlessly combines modern-day style with luxurious comfort. Consider the patio furniture set from Skyline Design, a provider of outdoor furniture that are 100% eco-friendly and resistant to harmful UV rays and chemicals.
We personally recommend the octagonal dining table with four accompanying dining arm chairs from the Dynasty collection. This set feature pieces with soft envelope curves and lovely turquoise cushions that matches the caribbean sea. If you are concerned about the high costs of maintenance, take note that these cushions are covered in Sunbrella that’s water-repellent, mould-resistant and machine-washable.
With certain studies citing excessive air-conditioning as a contributor to global warming, fans do seem like the eco-friendly alternative to staying cool in humid Singapore. Consider the options available at Khind Systems, a supplier of electrical and environmental products for hotels, schools, shopping centres and homes.
We vouch for the Helix energy-saving (DC) ceiling fan by Relite. Reliable, durable and cost-efficient, it comes installed with environmentally-friendly features and uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure comfortable airflow. Its contemporary design also ensures it blends in seamlessly in practically any room setting.
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