E Floor

Jan 09 - 2020

Sustainable materials and products – masses of them out there apparently, but how do we properly assess exactly how sustainable anything is? There are various schemes, labels and means of accreditation, great variation between and within countries, huge scope for monetising the sustainability industry and the larger the organisation the more obscure the details.

One way of negotiating this minefield is to seek out smaller businesses who produce one or only a few things. For example Foresso who have a single product, a timber terrazzo sheet material made from timber and plaster waste and 0% VOC resin cast onto an 18mm birch plywood substrate. Locally sourced, using 85% recycled material and aiming for 100% asap by developing a resin-free binder, the finished product is inherently durable and can be returned and ground down to start again at the end of its use.

Perhaps because this is a relatively small business, or maybe because they are highly skilled and totally committed, Foresso have clear sight over their whole operation and make all decisions based on environmental consideration.

A beautiful material, with clearly described sustainable credentials.


Foresso timber terrazzo

Dalston kitchen flooring

Azure Mono / British Oak in a pale blue binder

Ivory Duo / British Walnut and Cedar of Lebanon



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Foresso kitchen floor Foresso Ivory Foresso Azure

How To Live It

Apr 21 - 2019

Paul Smith in the FT How to Spend It magazine, dedicated as suggested to outrageous consumption, advises contrarily exactly how not to:

“Many people commission interior designers and have beautiful houses, but they often lack a strong personal connection to the owner. Another way of doing it is to build up your interior over time, by buying pieces when you travel or spontaneously when you see them. To me, home is made up of all those things you've collected in life.”

This makes me wonder if living the throwaway-life is a generational and possibly short-lived thing. Growing up in the 60’s we not only did we not have any money, there was nothing to buy anyway. Hard to imagine – no on-line, takeaways, gadgets, Ikea, cheap flights, instead a lot of charity shopping, making and cooking, writing letters.

Will kids revert in the wake of climate emergency, social inequality and instant-access boredom?

 Paul Smith

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Paul Smith FT quote