The Fox & Goose – a hotel by brewers Fuller, Smith & Turner in Ealing, London – has undergone a renovation that sees the instatement of a sustainable and ethical collection of guestrooms designed by interior architects Sibley Grove.
The guestrooms feature products and materials assessed on the five principles of aesthetic quality, build quality, value, environmental impact and social impact, with upholstery created using fabric with recycled content from mills around the UK and Europe whilst bespoke joinery has been designed to make disassembly and reuse easier. Elsewhere, suspended ceiling lights by Armstrong, tiles by Mosa and carpets by Ege are all certified Cradle to Cradle products.
“A chair that looks great, is affordable and well made, but achieves this through being manufactured in a factory with poor employment rights and a lack of safety equipment is a failed product,” comments Jeremy Grove, Director, Sibley Grove. “Likewise, a product from a great factory using sustainable materials that is poorly made and overpriced is an equally failed product. We’re making a continuous effort to tackle some of the issues that are rife in the design industry
In today’s world, regardless of budget, it’s unacceptable to knowingly create stuff that is harmful to the environment or reliant on an exploited labour market. Cradle to Cradle is a great system for designers to measure and manage the impact of the products they specify as it takes into consideration material health, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness.”