Buy once, buy well
Continuing our ‘rethinking our spaces’ series – today we take a look at the backlash against disposable culture and discover some of the best forever design investments for your home.
As we discovered in one of our last journal pieces, we are spending ever more time at home. With many of us also wanting to live more sustainably, the pressure is on our interiors to become timeless in style, durable to use and flexible to our changing needs. It sounds like a big ask, but taking steps towards a zero-waste lifestyle within our interiors doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems.
Simple changes to buying habits can make a huge difference. We believe in an age-old idea that is at the heart of what we do here at Nest - buy once and buy well.
We believe it is better to buy once and buy well than to buy something that will need to be replaced over and over again. You might have to spend a little bit more to start with, but when you consider the number of years great design will last you and the amount of use you will get out of it, we think it’s well worth the investment.
We have a few questions we always ask when choosing products for our collection:
Is the design timeless?
Does it work well?
Do the materials and craftsmanship make this product durable?
Is it manufactured ethically and wherever possible, with sustainability in mind?
With these questions in mind, we make sure that the Nest catalogue is filled with beautiful and durable designs that will last you a lifetime. So, whether it’s the elegantly aged leather lounge chair that you can sink into at the end of the day or the expertly crafted wooden dining table that has been the setting of many a family gathering; choose pieces that you will cherish and that you’d be proud to pass down through the generations. Join us in saying no to disposable culture and choose forever design.
Considering investing in your very own forever design? Take a look below for our top ten design investments.
Knoll Womb Chair
Eero Saarinen designed the Womb Chair after Florence Knoll’s request for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows”. With its shell moulded to the contours of the human body, Eero Saarinen created the Womb chair for ultimate comfort without the need for extra cushioning.
Carl Hansen Wishbone Chair
Effortlessly simple, beautifully tactile and unmistakeably Danish - the Wishbone chair was designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949. An icon of Scandinavian design, each CH24 Wishbone chair is crafted by hand in Copenhagen.
Louis Poulsen PH 5 Pendant
PH is for Poul Henningsen, the Danish designer that gifted the world the PH 5 and changed the course of lighting design forever. Unhappy with the glare from the new incandescent light bulbs of the time, Poul Henningsen set out to design a shade which would shape light, eliminate glare and most importantly, look good too.
Fritz Hansen Egg Chair
For us, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair personifies great design in so many ways: it’s stunningly sculptural, has bags of personality, provides exceptional comfort and, of course, has longevity. It was originally designed in 1958 for the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen where Jacobsen’s designed everything in the building, from the façade to the cutlery.
Knoll Saarinen Tulip Dining Table
Featuring signature sweeping curves, the Tulip Dining Table is one of the most iconic designs to come from the mid-century modern era. Designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950s, the Tulip Table took on the ‘ugly, confusing and unrestful world’ hidden underneath the dining table and changed the way we dined forever.
Flos Arco Floor Lamp
With its elegant aluminium arch and chunky marble base, the Arco lamp is an iconic classic, designed by the Castiglioni brothers. With their playful approach to design, the Castiglioni brothers thought outside of the box to create a flexible source of light that served both the needs of a floor lamp and a pendant.
Cuero Butterfly Chair
One of the most recognised chairs in design history, Cuero Design have spent over 15 years optimising the Butterfly chair for exceptional comfort. Taking its name from its sling-like seat, the Butterfly chair was originally designed in Argentina in 1938 by three architects.
String Shelving System
String shelving is a highly flexible storage system which lends itself to large or small compositions. Designed in 1949 by Swedish architect Nils Strinning, its simple construction gives the String shelving system a refined, timeless and unpretentious appeal which adds to its enduring popularity and highly practical versatility.
George Nelson Bubble Lamps
Icons of mid-century style, George Nelson’s bubble lamps have a delicate, floating quality to their silhouettes. Available in a number of shapes and sizes, these shades look great on their own or as part of a set - giving out a soft, diffused glow.
Vitra Eames Lounge Chair
Sometimes a chair is just a chair, but sometimes it is something more. One of the most famous chairs in modern design history, the Eames Lounge Chair is recognised all over the world for its distinctive plywood curves and inviting comfort.
Have we missed your favourite? Share your favourite forever designs with us over Instagram @nest_co_uk.