Cover Fritz Hansen N02 Recycle chairs by Nendo, from W. Atelier

These sustainably produced furnishing options adds style to your home whilst reducing their environmental impact

Additional reporting by Cheryl Lai-Lim.


With the climate crisis an ongoing and pertinent concern, many manufacturers are producing sustainable furnishings with more eco-conscious characteristics

“These brands are using materials at the end of their life cycle, or materials that can be recovered or disposed of properly. The idea is to prolong the product’s entire life cycle to reduce waste,” says Isabella Lim, senior marketing executive at Space Furniture.

When shopping for sustainably produced collections, it’s important to check that your purchase has a recyclable logo and that it comes from a reputable manufacturer. “When you’re talking to your furniture store salesperson, find out where the sustainable piece was made,” says Lim Choon Hong, managing director of Xtra. “It also doesn’t hurt to do some research on the brand you are considering, so you can ascertain whether or not sustainability is one of their brand values.”

Take a green approach when dressing your home with these eco-friendly selections that’ll make a stylish and sustainable impact in your space.

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1. Andreu World Nuez Lounge Bio chair by Patricia Urquiola

Designed for contemporary design furniture company Andreu World, Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola has created a lounge chair that's manufactured from a thermopolymer generated by living microorganisms. The verasatile three-dimensional shell is able to be folded like a sheet of paper, while the entire chair—from the shell to the foam and fabric—can be easily separated at the end of its life cycle for recycling. 

The chairs can be upholstered in a stylish new collection of textiles made from recycled polyester (PET) using water bottles and plastic packaging.

Available from Xtra

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2. Kartell A.I. Recycled stools by Philippe Starck

Blending sustainability with innovative design, the A.I. Recycled stools by French industrial designer Philippe Starck is a key example of Kartell's ongoing commitment to sustainability. Made with recycled thermoplastic technopolymer, the eco-friendly product is created with artificial intelligence—hence the reason for its moniker. 

Available from Space Furniture

3. Fritz Hansen N02 Recycle chairs by Nendo

First released in 2019, the N02 Recycle chairs from Fritz Hansen is made from recycled plastic from household waste that was processed and upcycled in central Europe. Design studio Nendo's founder Oki Sato was inspired by a piece of folded paper on his studio table, and designed a back crease on the chair that creates extra back support. 

The chair was reintroduced in 2021 with new features, including new bar and counter heights as well as invisible protection for stool footrests. The chair has also been awarded the EU Ecolabel, the official European environmental certification, to certify that it has satisfied ecological requirements from its materials to production. 

Available from W. Atelier

4. Roche Bobois Corail table by Antoine Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti

Roche Bobois' Corail table marries form and function with its organic design. Developed with design duo Antoine Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti, the Corail table can be personalised using 3D software from the comfort of one’s own home, or in-store with the guidance of an advisor. Afterwards, the code is transmitted to a 3D printer with a digitally operated nozzle that dispenses a ribbon of concrete, bringing the design to life.

This process helps reduce carbon footprint—rather than ship a product across the globe, all it takes is the click of a button for the design to be sent.

Available from Roche Bobois

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5. Moroso Secret Cubic shelves by Olafur Eliasson

Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has always had a fascination with geometry, and the mesmerising Secret Cubic shelves for Moroso is a product of his decades-long interest. Built around a rhomboid negative space delineated by the modules, the shelves are entirely out of iron that's both recycled and recyclable and feature non-toxic powder coating. The short supply chain also helps reduce wastage of resources, raw materials and energy. 

Available from Xtra

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