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Sustainable (luxury) furniture: purchase considerations

Luxury and sustainability can form a successful symbiosis. This also applies to furniture and upscale interior design. High-quality furnishings made of ecological materials improve the living climate because they are free of harmful substances. Moreover, sustainable furniture protects the environment, has a positive energy footprint and is produced under socially fair working conditions. Certifications such as the Blue Angel or the EPD label, i.e. Environmental Product Declaration, help you to evaluate the production sustainability of furniture during the purchase. Quality is crucial for the durability of sustainable furniture. High-quality, noble materials are robust and the manufacturers usually grant a correspondingly long guarantee on their furniture. 

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- Sustainably, ethically and ecologically produced high-quality furniture is also finding its way into the luxury segment, as designers are becoming more ecologically aware.

Fabrics without chemicals for sustainable luxury furniture and accessories

Fantastic sofa landscapes, cushions and curtains made of sustainable materials bring a natural ambience to every living room. Sustainable materials have a noble and high-quality appearance, are chemical-free and are made from renewable resources. Organic cotton is moisture-binding, skin-friendly, robust and durable at the same time. With its fine and velvety soft feel, delicately shiny wild silk or vegan silk, which is also available on the market under the name Peace Silk, is a convincing option. Due to its easy-care and warming properties, natural, pure organic wool is equally suitable for blankets, cushions and carpets. Organic linen is a breathable and cooling material for sustainable luxury furniture and accessories. Hemp, being a fast-growing resource, is another suitable option. The natural material is very robust and durable. Due to its extreme durability it can even be processed into design furniture with chemical-free adhesives. A famous example is Werner Aisslinger’s Hemp Chair. Fillings such as goose down from sustainable production for pillows and couch upholstery represent a sustainable, breathable and high-quality alternative to synthetic fillers. 

Ecologically conscious Italian style

More and more designers are using sustainable materials to create their luxurious interiors on the basis of ethical and ecological considerations. As a scion of the Fiat dynasty and the famous wormwood distillery, the Italian Enrico Marone Cinzano is familiar with luxury. His designer furniture is made of regional or recycled raw materials, such as the finest olive or pine wood from Tuscany, which he only treats with linseed oil. For international creations, he outsources the production to handicraft businesses in the respective region where he finds the raw materials. Regional woods and cradle to cradle glass are used as well as Italian raw linen or recycled steel. His luxury furniture not only bears the Italian signature, but is also produced in Great Britain, the USA and China. For the designer Cinzano, sustainability means above all durability. His sustainable furniture is made for eternity and should survive many generations. 

Sustainable furniture made of regional natural wood: nature as role model

Team 7 from Ried in Austria relies entirely on natural wood for its eco design furniture. For example, the furniture designers build the kitchens from regional hardwood, which they refine only with natural oil. This high-quality material is antibacterial and antistatic by nature, which ensures first-class hygiene in the kitchen. Each kitchen made of natural wood is a handmade and custom-made unicum and guarantees the new kitchen owner individual cooking enjoyment. The manufacturer also offers luxury furniture for living rooms and bedrooms as well as sustainable wall coverings for harmonious, natural furnishings. Team 7, like many other manufacturers and designers, now creates a new understanding of luxury with its sustainable furniture. 

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