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Laura Ashley have a wide range of made to order sofas , fabrics and styles to suit your home
Furniture Makers
The furniture industry is truly appalling in terms of sustainability -do try to buy furniture that is not made from dwindling tropical hardwood stocks and shipped halfway round the world -timber sources should be FSC Certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. Ask to see the details of origin and certification -that will cause some retailers to stop and think.
Being sustainable is not just a case of avoiding uncertified tropical hardwoods -there are a number of very good designers specialising in furniture made from recycled materials or renewable components, such as David Colwell or Roy Tam. Other sites featuring environmentally sustainable furniture are highlighted in bold.

 


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Suppliers and makers:

  • Allan Lake -extraordinary hand-made sculptural furniture in native british hardwoods sourced from sustained woodlands, from Yorkshire based furniture maker/designer Allan Lake (see illustration).
  • aspace -solid wood furniture especially for kids.
  • Bespoke Shaker -individually desgned Shaker tables, chairs, cabinets and beds.
  • Cadira -high quality contemporary furniture for the modern home. Attractive range of sofas, dining and living furniture from European manufacturers.
  • Cappelini -designer furniture from Milan
  • Chaplins -designer furniture from Acerbis, Cappellini, Cassina, Cor, Desalto, Edra, Emmemobili, Fritz Hansen, Flos, Fiam, Giorgetti, Hulsta, Interlubke, Kartell, Ligne, Roset, Magis, Miele, Mobileffe, Moroso, Nakamichi, Naos, NZO, Poltrona, Porada, Rolf Benz, Scmitt, Tonelli, and many more.
  • clothuk.com - bespoke furniture design service that will put any design or image you have onto a range of products from Chaise Longues to cushions.
  • Conran -exclusive online collection featuring thoughtfully designed and beautifully made products.
  • Della-Porta -specialists in Japanese and Contemporary style furniture and interiors.
  • Eco Home Store -aims to make sustainability fun with home accessories and gifts from natural, sustainable and recycled sources.
  • Ecowork -office furniture systems from sustainable sources.
  • Flatunpacked -now here's a unique idea -you select your flat packed furniture from the Ikea, Habitat, B&Q or Argos catalogue, and they will collect, deliver and assemble the item for you.
  • Funchair -environmentally friendly, cardboard chairs for children to play with, make & decorate.
  • Funky Bean Bags -UK supplier of leatherette beanbags - available in a huge variety of sizes and in over 20 Colours.
  • Futon shop -beds, sofa beds, futons and mattresses.
  • Gazeburvill -exceptional and unique outdoor oak and stainless steel furniture made in Hampshire and sold from their workshops in London.
  • Gunpowder House -old curiosities for your kitchen, bathroom, attic or garden.
  • Guy Martin -ecologically sensitive domestic interior furniture and garden buildings.
  • Ikea -budget flat pack furnishings from the Swedish store -don't forget your allen key!
  • Inside - Vintage mid 20th century furniture and lighting, including renowned design and unique items.
  • Jam -playful and imaginative re-use of everyday objects.
  • Habitat -designer furniture from the leading high street store.
  • Hamilton Fraser -independent supplier of office furniture.
  • Harmer -modern designer furniture, lighting and accessories from the Kings Road, London.
  • Harrold -contemporary furniture (Nicehouse up to 2001)
  • Heals -stylish, contemporary design for nearly 200 years.
  • Inside Originals -Vintage mid 20th century furniture and lighting, including renowned design and unique items.
  • Italcomma -supply Italian furniture to the UK market -kitchen/dining chairs and tables, bathroom furniture and a range of quality glass furniture.
  • JBF Furniture & Carpets -discounts on bedroom suites, dining suites, sofas and furniture for the home.
  • Lavender and Sage -French style country home decor and interiors, with an interesting range of furniture, plus living, dining and bathroom accessories.
  • Lesley & Newton -fantastic handcrafted bespoke reversible dining/game tables with indoor croquet or table footie games.
  • Ligne Roset -contemporary designer furniture from France.
  • London Alcove Company -alcove cabinets, wardrobes, cupboards and bookcases.
  • Malcolm Baker -designs and builds high-quality, individually made furniture lighting based on sustainable small batch-production from his workshop in the Vale of Pewsey.
  • Martin Dodge Furniture -makers and restorers of fine English furniture, they sell throughout the world, furnishing, hotels, superyachts, embassies, boardrooms, and homes.
  • Nabisso Design -Indonesian furniture made from water hyacinth klabang, rattan, banana leaf, seagrass or solid wood.
  • New Heights -solid wood furniture from New England and elsewhere in oak, cherry, walnut and maple
  • Noel Hennessy -one of London's leading showrooms of contemporary furniture.
  • One Eco Home -sustainable design with style -founded in early 2007 by interior designer Helen Mudie and sustainable design consultant Kate Millbank One Eco offers a range of contemporary furniture that both looks good and is good for the planet. Useful guide on selecting eco materials.
  • Only Waterbeds -based in Ely, Cambridgeshire, they specialise in waterbeds and spa baths.
  • Parc Design Studio -provides a range of contemporary upholstered furniture design and build services for manufacturers, architects, specifiers and interior designers.
  • Pure Design Classics -Brighton based shop selling furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics and other items of original Twentieth Century Design.
  • Reel Furniture -tables and benches made from recycled cable drums.
  • reestore -takes everyday waste objects such as wheelbarrows and washing machine drums, and turns them into interesting, functional pieces of furniture.
  • Roy Tam Design -eco furniture in ash by award winning designer Roy Tam.
  • Sasha la Croix -bespoke furniture that sets out to be not only superior in quality and design, but sensitive for the environment too.
  • Smith & Rodger -a family business that has been manufacturering woodfinishes in Glasgow for over 130 years -French polishes, coatings, lacquers and stains.
  • Stone Circle -the Atom unique circular shelving system.
  • The Alcove Company -offer bespoke made-to-measure fitted furniture to solve your storage problems and maximise storage space in your home while being sympathetic to its original features. Offering organic paint and varnish finishes.
  • Trannon -eco furniture made from forest thinnings designed by David Colwell.
  • Victoria Woodturning - hand and copy lathe turning -staircase spindles, newel posts, canopy support posts, bar & shopfitting components, bed posts (Including four posters), table & stool Legs, table lamps, candlesticks, plant stands, bowls, barley twist, reeded & fluted items.
  • Vitra -for over 50 years manufacturers of the furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra now provides a range of furniture by other designers and architects.
  • Wood Empire -bespoke dining and bedroom furniture in oak and ash.
  • Woodschool -contemporary furniture made from sustainable Scottish hardwood.


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Soft furnishings

 

  • Cushions online -mid to top end cushions and soft furnishings which are discontinued.
  • Kids Fabrics -furnishing fabrics fore children's rooms.

Decorative items, prints, accessories etc

  • Alessi -designers objects from this world famous collection, including Starck, Graves, Gehry and Foster.
  • Anna French -fabrics, lace and wallpapers
  • Living Heaven - Luxuries for the home at competitive prices -fans to Mackintosh Chairs.
  • Malcolm Seal -wicker baskets made from willow grown in his own willow bed in the Bride Valley, near Bridport.
  • Real Flowers -Scented Flowers, natural in texture colour and scent. Delivered nationwide Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Rennie Mackintosh Store -clocks, glassware, frames, jewellery and other gifts designed by the Scottish Architect.

Museums

  • 100percentdesign -the UK's leading commercial contemporary interior design exhibition.
  • Design Museum -one of London's most inspiring attractions. Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of critically acclaimed exhibitions captures the excitement of design's evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Victoria and Albert -The V&A is the greatest museum of applied and
    decorative arts in the world -including fashion and textiles, sculpture, ceramics and glass, metalwork, silver and jewellery, furniture, photography and paintings.
  • Vitra -shop at the Design Museum.
 

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