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How To Design An Eco-Friendly Home

How To Design An Eco-Friendly Home
By Nikey Cheng
February 19, 2019
SCAD Hong Kong's Professor Rodrigo Buelvas shares insights on design trends and practices that will make a difference for the new year.

There was a time when all things sparkling seemed to be the ultimate definition of luxury and opulence.

But as the design world increasingly shows interest in solutions with conscience and an innate desire to reconnect with nature, trends dictate a gradual shift into celebrating a more down-to-earth aesthetic. Here, Rodrigo Buelvas, professor of interior design at SCAD Hong Kong, elaborates on this direction.

The Olea All Suite Hotel sets a prime example of curating modern luxury with nature-inspired aesthetics and basic materials. (Photo: Claus Brechenmacher-Reiner Baumann Photography)
The Olea All Suite Hotel sets a prime example of curating modern luxury with nature-inspired aesthetics and basic materials. (Photo: Claus Brechenmacher-Reiner Baumann Photography)

Go Local

“Nature has provided us with some of the most valuable resources and materials that can then be utilised for creating,” Professor Buelvas shares. “For many years, we’ve incorporated materials that require major manufacturing processes and transportation, impacting negatively on the environment and increasing the overall cost. But today designers are working hard to look for alternative solutions to reduce the negative impacts.” With this shift in sourcing and purchasing behaviours comes an inclination toward using local materials, branded by Professor Buelvas as “the new luxury.”

The beauty of using renewable local materials lies in the authenticity that rawness can lend to a space, not to mention its exceptional durability.

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Italian brand CoeLux developed a renovated light source that recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight (Photo: Courtesy of CoeLux)
Italian brand CoeLux developed a renovated light source that recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight (Photo: Courtesy of CoeLux)

Responsive Lighting

An aptly coordinated solution to light is key to any space. According to Professor Buelvas, ‘intelligent lighting’ is a new concept that is slowly being introduced into our lives, with an aim to create more dynamic interactions with our environment.

These smart systems can recognise our mood, mimic sun patterns, and are energy-efficient as well as extremely sensitive to user patterns and preferences. What’s more, you can easily transform the atmosphere of your home without carrying out a thorough renovation.

For example, Italian brand CoeLux developed a renovated light source that recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight. The optical system artificially reproduces the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky; it can also replicate the colour temperature of sunlight and the way the sun moves across the sky.

This story was originally published on Home Journal

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