How to incorporate sustainability when decorating your home

How to incorporate sustainability when decorating your home

Holly Marden and Hedda Pier, from Avenue Design Studio, based in the Netherlands


Avenue Design Studio is a boutique interior design studio based in The Hague, Netherlands, led by Holly Marder and Hedda Pier. They focus on residential design, working from conceptualisation to completion all under one roof. Their projects have been featured in leading publications across the globe both on and offline. See Holly Marders renovation project of her house in Delft - where she choose to include 15Chair, made of reclaimed Oak in Sweden.

Name 3 sustainable things you can do in The Hauge, Netherlands?
- We love to wander the boutiques in The Hague's 'Zeeheldenkwatier', many of which offer sustainable goods for the home, vintage, children's wear and lovely organic cafes and pit stops. Our favourite shopping streets are the Piet Heinstraat and the Prins Hendrikstraat. 

- The Hague also has a fabulous vintage/antique market Thursdays and Sundays on the very beautiful tree-lined Lange Voorhout - buying vintage and second hand is a very sustainable way to add character, charm and a sense of self to your home and something we bring to each of our projects. 

- The Hague is also a wonderful city for biking with many beautiful parks, forests to discover and cycling paths all the way to the beach and through the dunes. 

Any advice for someone who wants to live more sustainably? How do you live more sustainable?
We choose sustainability in our projects as much as possible, working with brands that value this ethos (such as you guys at Kovac Family!) and materials that are sustainably produced and locally made as much as possible. Our recent kitchen project in Holly's home is an example of this, where the primary material was bamboo sourced and grown in Norway and some recycling of kitchen elements from the previous set up. Not everything has to be new - the best homes are those that have a mix of old and new and a balance between design and hand made. At home we both have recycling rituals and choose organic and environmentally friendly packaging wherever we can. We both use plant based essential oils for skin and healthcare and even household purposes, and one of our favourite past times is buying fresh produce locally at the markets.

Why did you choose the 15Chair for your project?
We love the 15Chair for its simplicity in form and design, the combination of materials (we love wood and cane). It's an easy item we feel works in serval areas of the home from the living room, to the patio to the children's play or bedroom.


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