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Sustainability isn’t just about doing the right thing. It’s about making the life that follows the world’s best practices and pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in design and manufacturing. We believe that longevity is intimately intertwined with quality. That a high quality product should be made with local materials and needs to last a lifetime.
We source and import high-quality materials, hardware and accessories from trusted suppliers around the world.
We recommend using wood categorised as E1 or E0, depending on the client’s wishes. This standard is used to indicate the level of formaldehyde released by the wood. (For E1, that means the formaldehyde released must be below 9.0mg/L.)
We recommend using high-quality wallpaper that is durable, practical, antibacterial and able to withstand high moisture levels. We recommend a wallpaper adhesive that contains no formaldehyde and zero volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), which means no off-gassing, thereby limiting the chemicals released into the environment during application or use.
We recommend using odourless paint that is low in formaldehyde and VOCs. For top coats, we recommend using natural paint that meets an E0 standard. Using environmentally friendly paint improves air quality and reduces the risk of our clients’ health being negatively impacted.
Our preference is to use high-quality wood-grain melamine faced chipboard (MFC), a durable and eco-friendly flooring option. We import our MFC from Europe and it’s available in a variety of different colours and textures.
At Grande Design, we prioritise the health of our clients, environmental friendliness and durability when sourcing materials. We seek out local and international partners and brands who share our commitment to health and sustainability. Our partners include Tatming, Wallpaper+, Joyful Sky, Haro, Möller, Scheucher Parkett, Kawajun, Challenge Pacific and Artemide.
We value quality and recommend using certified materials and suppliers that comply with international standards of environmental protection, sustainability and health. Many materials and fittings have their own relevant certifications related to how environmentally friendly and safe they are.
For example, energy-efficient Philips LED lighting can use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs. This also means you’ll need to change them less frequently, reducing waste. Materials can also be environmentally conscious, and we often recommend Möller LIGNODUR, a high-grade wood–PVC composite (WPC). Their wood fibres are PEFC certified, which means that they’re only sourced from fast-growing domestic soft wood from sustainable forest management, and they use high-grade pure industrial polymer.
Haro wood is another we are fond of and is sourced from PEFC-certified timber and forest management. It has received the Blue Angel label, the seal used by the German government to certify environmentally friendly products. Other high-quality eco-friendly suppliers such as Challpac and Brookside Veneers, also have an earth-friendly approach. Challpac use responsibly sourced reconstructed wood. They apply stringent requirements to their suppliers to ensure that no harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, are emitted by their products. Brookside Veneers’ primary manufacturer, Alpi, has earned SGS and FSC certification.
In terms of personal and home safety, interior fabrics and finishes should help preserve our health and our home environment. It’s a good idea to make sure interior fabrics are certified fireproof. The wallpapers we enjoy working with are made in the USA by suppliers that adhere to sustainability standard NSF/ANSI 342, which evaluates wallcoverings across the entire lifecycle of the product, from raw material extraction through to end-of-life disposal. Wallpaper adhesive, too, should be certified according to the NSF/ANSI 342 standard, as this material can cause indoor air pollution if it’s not of a high enough quality.
This can also be true for paint. One brand that offers peace of mind, is Dulux Ambiance emulsion paint, which has passed the most stringent tests for indoor-air quality in the industry and is verified to meet the most rigorous standards for chemical emissions and VOCs. It has received UL’s GREENGUARD Gold Certification and the French VOC-Emission Class A+ label.
Imagine the following: it’s the evening, you’ve had a long day at work, you want to unwind and watch a movie. You don’t want the hassle of heading out to the cinema – you want that at-home cinema experience. With a home-automation system, just one press of a button will close the curtains, dim the lights and switch on your preconfigured AV equipment. All that’s left for you to do is make some popcorn.
Or maybe you dream of unfettered internet access – that crucial mainstay of modern life. Smart Living provides a home-network service that ensures you can access wireless internet throughout your residence. You can listen to music on your smartphone, watch movies on your laptop or work on your tablet in the spot that best suits you.
Technology can enhance everyday life by creating a seamless and stress-free way to engage with your home environment, increasing your comfort and saving you time so that you’re better able to focus on the things that matter most.
At Grande Design, we see technology as a means to enhance your lifestyle in three ways:
1. Technology for comfort
We understand that comfort is of utmost importance in the home. Technologies such as air-purification systems, underfloor heating, air conditioning and heaters, baby-care monitoring, pet care and cleaning products can all contribute to greater wellbeing at home.
2. Technology for security
This might be CCTV, smart doorbells – even Wi-Fi. A safe and secure Wi-Fi network will guard against hacking.
3. Technology for seamless living
Intuitive technology, operated using your smart devices, will help you keep spaces well organised, automated and convenient. Automated curtains, lighting and Wi-Fi systems are some of the features you can incorporate into your home for seamless living.
At Grande Design, we have worked with reliable brands that cater to our clients’ technological needs time and again. We are always looking for new solutions for a variety of projects and budgets.
It can be tempting to start with a completely blank slate for a new design project. That can mean throwing everything away and purchasing new furniture, fixtures and more. We take a different approach. We believe in maximising what already exists, as far as possible, to minimise waste and stay within budget.
Starting from scratch is not often an environmentally conscious option, considering the power usage of electrical machinery and the construction waste generated by demolitions. We care about minimising our environmental footprint, so where possible, we always seek to find ways to minimise gas and electricity usage, and take responsibility for remodelling waste, including finding appropriate channels to recycle materials and discarded furniture.
Having said that, there are hundreds of ways to create an entirely new look and feel for a space, while making valuable use of current furniture pieces and details: from re-upholstering chairs and sofas and re-painting rooms, to treating fixtures with new finishes, and more. Subtle techniques and an innovative mindset can help to rejuvenate a product’s appearance and function within a space, and we enjoy the challenge of finding ways to tread lightly on the earth while still creating something beautiful. It’s amazing what you can achieve while still preserving resources, and the final design can be more impactful for it.
Naturally, what makes interior design so inspiring is the ability to make a space feel new and exciting. Transformation is essential. Our clients are looking to feel uplifted and refreshed by our work. When we identify innovative ways to use existing pieces, and carefully select new key signature pieces to complement them, it makes the job even more satisfying. To us, a true mark of success is when we can make a room or a home feel completely renewed, while maintaining its welcoming sense of comfort.