20 Apr 2021
October 21, 2019 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

The October 2019 Decorex exhibition in London featured a VIP lounge that was designed as a sustainable space that featured antique furniture.

Decorex is an annual show where interior designers go to see the latest in fabrics, lighting and furniture. Each year, a top design firm is invited to create a VIP lounge and for the 2019 exhibition, this was created by Harding and Read. It decided to create a space based on sustainable principles. The company’s founder Nicola Harding said:

“Our approach to interiors rejects today’s impulsive, disposable culture which fuels over consumption and waste.”

The lounge was filled with eco-friendly objects. The bar was topped with reclaimed wood and the table in the centre of the room was made from antique wood cut-offs by apprentices working for antique dealer Matthew Cox. Leather sofas and other furniture were sourced from antique dealers. The wall tiles were unwanted ones that were saved from becoming waste.

After the exhibition ended, all the furniture installed in the lounge was to be auctioned off to raise money for Emmaus, a charity that trains homeless people on how to restore home items.

Creating your own sustainable lounge in your Lancashire home is not difficult. Wood floor planks are available that are made from reclaimed wood, and Lancashire antique dealers sell antique sofas, chairs, tables and cabinets to decorate the room. Most antique furniture is made to last and may not need replacing in your lifetime. As Nicola Harding says, buying antique furniture means that you consume and waste less.

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