Ecological approach to interior design combines environmental science and design
Traditional architecture, home decoration and interior design are full of waste, Chemicals and carbon release. But they don’t have to. Erica Reiner is an environmentally friendly interior designer in Los Angeles and the founder of Eco Method Interiors. Her business revolves around creating beautiful and warm spaces that are beneficial to humans and the planet.
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Reiner brings an interesting background to the industry, with education and practical experience in interior decoration, as well as a degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in marine science and management.At first, Reiner said that she separated the two practices until she found that she was focusing on surroundings And indoors can go hand in hand.
Reiner told Inhabitat, “Before this business, I studied, worked and taught in the environmental field. Before realizing that I could start a business, I did a decorative certificate between environmental degrees. At first, I provided sustainability consulting with design While building my portfolio, before realizing how dirty the industry is, and realizing that I can combine the two parts of my identity and passion into one business. “
Reiner has now established a good position in Los Angeles and nationwide, providing virtual consultation, event decoration and full service Interior design Good at removing toxic cleaning products and looking for sustainable and environmentally friendly furniture and textiles. She also hosted a popular podcast called “Green Design”, which focused on how clients and design professionals create sustainable designs.
Although Reiner was business Over the past few years, she has shared her excitement about her growing awareness and interest in environmentally friendly products. “in [the past] In 5-7 years, the overall awareness, self-education and attention have been greatly improved. For reference, in 2006, when I completed the prerequisites and chose the undergraduate environmental studies major, most of the people I met didn’t even understand what it meant,” she said.
For Reiner, after seeing the space and talking with the client, the project came together naturally.She reviews suppliers Bleaching Say, “We do everything from reading their website, emailing them, asking them to provide certification documents or anything I think we need to clarify. I don’t have a simple process to detect green drift. The way the product or material is described It’s usually just a small alert. Legitimate companies that are proud of their efforts will usually elaborate and provide clear information. Some companies, even if they don’t promote their practices, can provide clear information when asked. Greenwash’s company I often use language to try to sound good, but my background is ES academia I know it doesn’t make sense. “
Reiner’s current project is a 9,000 square foot complete house in Brentwood for Hollywood The family is worried about the toxicity in the home. With this in mind, Reiner and the owner rely on green manufacturing to customize sofas, beds, carpets and even wallpaper.
Her collection of works is diverse, with large and small projects, Residential And commercial spaces, as well as geographically dispersed locations. A few are highlighted below.
Offices and clubs in San Antonio, Texas
The project is included Recycle Paper countertops, furniture and artwork made from recycled wood, non-toxic wallpaper, recycled PET carpets, and favorite books and accessories.
Master bedroom and entrance in West Los Angeles, California
To make the space comfortable and environmentally friendly, Reiner includes a striking table made of recycled materials wood Beam. She also created a personalized wall using non-toxic FSC wallpaper and made it with low-impact dyes. The rooms feature artworks, carpets, bedding and baskets made of natural fibers and organic materials.It also has vegetable tanned leather chairs, recycled glass vases and Energy efficient light.
Nursery in Manhattan Beach, California
This 168-square-foot small nursery creates a huge visual impact, but uses organic Bed linen and GOTS certified carpet. The customer chose to abandon the flame retardant containing chemicals in the nursing chair and customized a crib to ensure that it is made of FSC wood and low-toxic adhesives and finishes.
Los Angeles, California Game Room
Children need space to play. While paying attention to the health of children in space, these customers also hope to avoid waste and pay attention to the health of the earth. upgrade Where possible. To this end, they chose non-toxic pillow inserts, recycled waste cotton carpets and second-hand old-fashioned coffee tables. The space is also decorated with VOC-free paint and 100% linen curtains.
Apartment, Austin, Texas
Recycled materials, especially those from the local area, give this apartment a low-impact high rating.In order to do this, Reiner added a pre-loved Furniture And have GreenGuard certified parts. The space also features pillows and carpets made from recycled plastic, as well as walls made specifically for locally sourced art.
While Eco Method Interiors can help you transform your space in a sustainable way, Reiner mentioned that there are fewer obstacles to creating your favorite space without harming the environment than ever before.She suggested studying online and reading about Sustainable interior design, Of course, listening to her podcasts, maybe you can also set up an online electronic design conference to see what help she can provide.
Picture from Eco Method interior design