Animal-friendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly interior design

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Projects can be approached to fit various levels of budget and involvement.   I can work on a whole concept from beginning to end leaving you to get on with your day job – or I can work on stages of it where help if needed and you can place orders and implement yourself.

Can be used to look at solving a problem area, space planning, sourcing items, shopping together, finding tradespeople, a bespoke item or help with a colour scheme.  In person  or online.  

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Designer on call

 You might just need help with space planning an area  or need design input at different points through your project.    I can help as little or as much as needed on an hourly basis.  

This option is good for those projects with tighter budgets.  You can set the amount of hours.  

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Trees are planted to help to offset the carbon footprint of each project

So, what is animal-friendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly interior design?

We are growing more and more aware of where things come from, the people & processes involved and the impact on the planet.   So to support this, I help my clients by creating spaces and specifications that have a lower impact on the planet and people - whilst also looking luxurious!

I use the relevant One Planet Living principles and corresponding Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (set by the United Nations) as prompts to deliver sustainable solutions for my clients. 

My professional body (BIID) as part of the Construction Industry Council has commited to achieve the target of net zero emissions by 2050.  Find out more.

What does that mean?

  1. Energy efficiency – lighting, heating, window coverage.
  2. Water saving measures.
  3. Low impact specifications – specifying quickly renewable materials, using labels such as Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to select products.
  4. Conscious supply chains that ensure equity, health and wellbeing of those working in them.
  5. Encouraging a circular economy (waste reduction) – reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.  Using Cradle to Cradle certified products.  
  6. Design for longevity, to be multi-functional, flexible, adaptable and repairable.
  7. Waste management and reduction - reuse and recycling.
  8.  Manual of drawings, specifications and suppliers for ease of any future repair needs.
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We  are reported to be spending 90% of our time indoors and our spaces are increasingly made more and more air tight.  So it's important we are mindful of what we put in those spaces with us as inside air quality can often be many times worse than outside.  

I am part the healthy building movement promoting better ways to design and specify spaces for human health and wellbeing.  I use the FitWel® and the WELL Building Standard as the basis for a healthy, human-centric interior design specification.  Making interior spaces work for the wellness of the users.

In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, the principles of these two standards are especially important and beneficial to the users of those buildings - addressing health & safety, cleaning protocols, air quality, access to nature, social distancing, community and mental health. 

What does that mean?

When designing a space I look at:  

  • Materials
  • Air quality 
  • Water quality
  • Access to nature
  • Nourishment
  • Healthy lighting design
  • Movement
  • Mental health  
  • Comfort 
  • Community
  • Innovation

To support this I have studied to become a FitWel® Ambassador.  Find out more

I have lots of experience working for the healthcare sector so can guide clients on antiviral materials, easy to clean finishes and designing out any issues.

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Vegan Design

The word vegan is obviously mostly associated with food.  But it's an accurate term to use when talking about materials too as it's not just animal products and ingredients I avoid - it's animal-tested products too. 

This isn't about diet.  Many of my clients avoid animal-tested toiletries and cleaning products -whether they are vegan or not.  They also want to avoid cruelty in their home or business spaces and prefer to have positive stories in what they use to furnish with.

 

VE·GAN adjective

- Products  that do not originate from any living creature.
- Not a byproduct of any animal.
- The products and ingredients are not tested on animals.

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How do I do that?

I have a library of better alternative products to suggest in place of those that involve animal cruelty.   It's really easily avoided without any detriment to aesthetics and often is harder wearing and better for your health and the environment too!

 In interior specifications, this covers:  leather – suede – skins – wool – silk – down – feathers – bone - fur – paint – adhesives.

I'd rather look at positive new technologies that are developing alternative and better solutions,  than dwell on negative, outmoded ones. 

The alternatives have many health benefits for allergy suffers too as animal products are dust harbouring. 

My objective is to avoid petrochemicals in the alternative solutions I deliver for clients.

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Are you interested in working with me?

I have worked with Chloe at Materialise on many projects.   She has made a huge and invaluable contribution to the finished quality of our college and residential environments at different locations in the UK.

Chloe has the rare combination of creative, down to earth common sense, practical knowledge and great supplier contacts.   She really takes the time to understand client needs and has an obvious passion for quality and service.  

She’s friendly and easy to work with and I would thoroughly recommend her.

Brighton and Hove

Client Kings Colleges

ONLINE consultations are always available I can help you remotely

“Working with Chloe was such a pleasure!   Her knowledge plus her design and sourcing skills made the whole project a fun adventure rather than the stressful one it could have been without her.

The physical distance was not a problem at all, Chloe visited the site a few times, when necessary, but was otherwise able to manage the refurbishment remotely.   A year on and the clinic still receives almost daily compliments and are still completely thrilled with the way it turned out.”

Swindon Old Town

Dr Alison Brooks, Mirabel Clinic

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