Are you home? It’s 2020, so of course you are. Take a moment to look around at the decor. Chances are the items you see are a coordinated collection of vases, trays, bottles, and accents.
While nice looking and following personal style, most home decor is mundane and mass-produced. The result is a lot of interior design that is uninspired, unsustainable, and – more times than not – unethical in origin.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Sustainable interior design is not only possible, but the final product is also some of the most beautiful and finely crafted options available to the discriminating customer.
Leading the way on this front is LADORADA, a posh home design house driven by a simple but beautiful idea: You’re never wrong to do the right thing. Company founder Juan W. uses this concept as a driving force in their ongoing mission to supply the home decor market with much-needed authenticity and originality while also providing dozens of independent artisans with meaningful work.
It starts with material sourcing. Bones and horns used to make products are a by-product of the cattle industry, meaning no animals are harmed or killed merely for the sake of decoration. What’s more, all other materials are locally sourced. The result is an ethical and sustainable procurement process.
So far, so good, but what about the labor involved? Are the artisans paid well and treated fairly? Yes, and yes. Following LADORADA’s founding philosophy, the talented craftspeople responsible for making the company’s home decor items are provided above-market wages, paid time off, and social security benefits.
While all this is well and good, high-end consumers expect interior design items to be beautiful and built to last. That’s why LADORADA home decor products are held to very high standards. Items that fail to meet the company’s strict specifications are rejected.
Due to the recent increase in time spent at home, the emphasis on product quality over quantity has risen dramatically. It’s especially true in the home goods department. Whether it’s decorative bowls or practical soap dispensers, people want nice items built to last. The price point can go up, so long as there’s a correlation with the life expectancy of the product being purchased.
Whether consumers are conscious of it or not, the preference for durability plays into the push for a more sustainable world. Poorly made vases and other home decor items get frequently replaced because they break, crack, or fade. It’s a pattern that generates greater demand for the mass production of these products. But decorative items built to last don’t need to be replaced, reducing that demand over time.
Though remarkable, this approach to home decor doesn’t have to be exceptional. In other words, there’s little stopping their competitors from doing the same, other than lacking the will to get started. As more consumers demand more ethical and sustainable products, Juan’s way of doing things will take hold across the entire industry. But for now, it remains a good deed shining in a weary world.