Harding & Read’s Legacy Lounge – House & Garden’s VIP space at Decorex 2019

The issue of sustainability can feel daunting. So fundamental, complex and overwhelming, it can numb us into a state of paralysis. What is more, in the interior design world, we are often in the business of fueling consumption and we are unlikely to be able to consume our way towards greater sustainability. However, our position as super consumers and influencers gives us an opportunity – to be a force for good and to inspire change.

We have the imagination to do things differently and the ability to make the better choices aspirational. We can champion those around us who are already leading the way and use our significant purchasing power to prompt other suppliers to act responsibly. We can also become more thoughtful about how to nurture a positive, sustainable dynamic between environmental, economic and social needs for future generations.

Hence our choice of name for this years lounge: Legacy. Designing the lounge created an opportunity to ask questions of ourselves about how we do things and recognise the people around us who are moving in the right direction. A chance to talk about what we have inherited, the bad and the good, and make a plan for what we will leave behind.

So, in collaboration with Vinterior, Farrow & Ball and British Standard we hope to have created a space that illustrates how sustainable design practice can work hand in glove with beautiful design.

Everything in the lounge is for sale by on-line charity auction, raising money for Emmaus. Their vision is of a world where everyone has somewhere to live and a sense of belonging – an ambition close to the hearts of those of us in the business of creating homes.

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Farrow & Ball is dedicated to creating richly pigmented paint and handcrafted wallpaper using only the finest quality ingredients. From the signature chalky matt of Estate Emulsion to the durability of washable Modern Emulsion, their distinctive palette is available in a full range of high-performance interior and exterior finishes. The richly pigmented paints and handcrafted wallpapers are created to work in harmony with every part of your world. From its water bases to its responsible practices to its eco-friendly formulas and recyclable materials, Farrow & Ball is committed to reducing its impact on the earth without compromising on quality.

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Two decades after successfully establishing Plain English as one of the most highly-regarded kitchen companies in the world, Katie Fontana and Tony Niblock launched British Standard in response to a growing demand for affordable cupboards that could work in any room.

British Standard have created a range of beautifully simple wooden cupboards, crafted in Suffolk and delivered to your door readymade. The British Standard range includes wall and floor cupboards, generously proportioned, solid wooden drawers and open shelves. The timeless, pared-back design allows the cupboards to work in any room and in any setting: rural or urban, contemporary or historic.

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‘Vinterior is Europe’s leading marketplace for sourcing world class vintage and antique furniture. With a growing collection of 150,000 remarkable finds from a community of over 1700 trusted dealers, Vinterior provides access to leading design across every era, style and budget.

The Vinterior trade program is tailored to meet the unique needs of designers, rendering the sourcing process both fast and hassle free. From boutique hotels to member clubs, homes and vast office spaces, Vinterior equips interior professionals with the tools to source vintage design across the spectrum of commercial and residential design.

Vinterior is delighted to partner with Harding & Read through providing iconic 20th century furniture for the VIP lounge. The values represented in this project closely align with those of Vinterior, which seeks to combat throwaway culture by celebrating the one-offs and elevating truly exceptional original 20th century and antique design.

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Matthew-Cox-bluegreyAs an antique dealer, Matthew Cox has learnt what makes a piece of furniture stand the test of time – now he is designing furniture he distils this knowledge into every piece he makes. The two large tables, kitchen island and console tables in the VIP Legacy Lounge have all been handmade and finished in Matthew Cox’s workshop, using responsibly sourced timber. The Legacy table in the centre of the room has made from offcuts of six different species of timber and ebonised to give a beautiful overall finish. All water used for the finishing is harvested rainwater and the designs, inspired by historic pieces, have been created thoughtfully to minimise waste. By sharing his enthusiasm for the furniture he makes with a keen new generation, Cox hopes that the company’s sustainable methods and sound values thrive into the future.

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Internationally acclaimed design studio, Vanderhurd was established in 1977 by Christine Van Der Hurd. They are located in London and represented in showrooms worldwide. Vanderhurd has evolved over forty years from the inspired designs of a young student into an international design studio. They have continued to grow by maintaining an uncompromising standard of quality and respecting the men and woven who craft their rugs, dhurries, and textiles. They pride themselves on their inherent understanding of the art of weaving (#preservetheartofweaving) and while working closely with its artisans to develop new techniques, qualities and innovations that allow this ancient art to evolve into contemporary design.

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Antique dealer and designer Christopher Howe has established a trusted reputation and over the years has furnished works for some of Britain’s most famous cultural institutions, including The National Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Strawberry Hill House and Hampton Court Palace. Material and method are the central concern at Howe, whether buying antiques, making new designs or restoring antiques, equal consideration is given to construction, upholstery and detail. "We are preoccupied, I would say obsessed with the way things are made. We don’t make anything in the 18th century style unless it is made in the 18th century way. We do embrace modern techniques when required for commercial projects but we will always make things in the best possible way." Christopher Howe.

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Since 1976, The Douglas Watson Studio has been dedicated to the production of the finest hand-made and hand painted contemporary and traditional ceramic tiles. We now enjoy an international reputation for some of the most beautiful tiles in the world. Each of our tiles is a little work of art. Each is uniquely beautiful. Every single one has been hand-made, glazed and decorated in our Oxfordshire studio. Hand made tiles lift a room from the ordinary to the extraordinary. There is nothing quite like them for impact. A truly rewarding investment.

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For Rosi de Ruig, who has supplied Legacy’s lamp and lampshades, sustainable design is as much a social as an environmental issue. From initial design to final product it is imperative for Rosi to understand fully how all the raw products she works with are made and sourced. Rosi works directly with Craft Boat in Jaipur (India) to create handmade lampshades from their beautiful cotton paper which is recycled out of offcuts from the garment industry. Having met the co-workers and witnessed the good working conditions first hand, Rosi is committed to working in this sustainable way to create employment and help support the local community.

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Branch Arts logoBranch Arts collaborates with Anima Mundi Gallery to present artists Christabel MacGreevy and Rebecca Harper. Co-founded by independent curator/art advisor Flora Fairbairn and arts publicist Susie Lawson, Branch Arts initiates and facilitates wide-ranging projects and collaborations across the arts. Flora has been producing exhibitions and installations in various ‘non-gallery’ spaces since 2000, working with hundreds of artists from around the globe. For Harding & Read’s VIP lounge, Branch Arts commissioned artist Christabel MacGreevy to produce these monumental textile pieces, which play with scale and proportion. As part of Branch Arts’ collaborative practice, the consultancy also engaged St. Ives based gallery Anima Mundi to present paintings by artist Rebecca Harper.

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It’s A Cliché, But It’s The Honest Truth… Cooling & Cooling is a product of marriage, Adam & Lauren met working together in the industry of fashion in London. She was once a fashion buyer, he was once a retail sales director… After many years of hard work dictated by their wardrobes, they relocated & found recreation in their Victorian farm house in the Cheshire countryside. “We lend our instinctive creativity to the interiors, carefully selecting rare & unusual antiques to add an underlying notion of coolness & life to an ordinary space. We collaborate the old & the new, crafting our own style with no restraint on the specifics.

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KLS Interiors is a London based manufacturer of bespoke top end soft furnishings for the trade. We work with many of London and the UK’s top interior designers, developers and architects on a range of residential and commercial projects. Established in 2006, our experienced in house team of 14 staff conduct site surveys and consultations, project manage, manufacture and expertly install a full range of hand made products including curtains, blinds, cushions and upholstery from our North West London premises.

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Mongers have been established in Hingham Market Place, Norfolk, for over 20 years stocking a wide range of architectural antiques and reclaimed goods. We specialise in antique bathrooms but also stock radiators, door furniture, flooring, fireplaces and much more. We are proud to have supplied over many years, bathrooms, taps and kitchen sinks for many projects involving both Harding Read Design and Plain English Kitchens.

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Molly Mahon is a British design studio, offering a range of joyful prints on fabric, wallpapers, homeware and accessories.  We work with designers on residential and commercial projects worldwide and are fast becoming the 'go to' fabric house for colour and pattern.

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At TOAST we aspire to a slower, more thoughtful way of life and have been practising our philosophy for over 20 years. At the heart of TOAST is our commitment to supporting and sustaining traditional textile techniques and craftsmanship. We collaborate with artisans from around the world to create original fabrics and handmade pieces, whether it be ikat weaving in India, indigo-dyeing in Japan or shoemaking in Northamptonshire. We believe in fostering thought and in enriching others – this includes our customers, our partners and the TOAST team.

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Fine Cell Work is a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. Our unique products are all hand-produced in limited editions and designed in collaboration with the country’s leading contemporary designers, such as Neisha Crosland who launches her new collection at Decorex this year. Teaching prisoners high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. They are trained by volunteers before carrying out their work in-cell and in prison workshops. Fine Cell Work also provides post-prison support upon release with the aim of getting ex-prisoners back into work.

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Biohm is an award-winning research and development led company that allows nature to lead innovation to revolutionise construction and create a healthier and more sustainable built environment. Placing biological systems at the heart of our inspiration, Biohm combines the philosophies of the Circular Economy and Human-Centered Design with future-tech to create a step-change in building technologies, materials and manufacturing methods.

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Cameron Gardens is an award-winning, fully integrated garden company specialising in domestic and commercial projects at home and abroad. We are all passionate about what we do and flourish on creating, building and maintaining dynamic beautiful spaces which are designed to be lived in, used and enjoyed. We encourage a collaborative relationship with our clients, value every project as unique and approach each with the same level of fervour, dedication and professionalism to ensure a truly bespoke and successful result. Central to our company’s ethos is a shared passion for gardens, customer service and quality of finish.

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Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials, transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories and donating 50% of profits back to charities.

In 2005 we had a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade. When we learned that London's damaged decommissioned hoses were headed to landfill we mounted a rescue. We set up Elvis & Kresse to save it. For over a decade all of London's hoses have been transformed into luxury accessories and 50% of the profits have been donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. Since 2005, none of London’s fire-hose has gone to landfill and over 175 tons of material has been reclaimed.

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OLF is a high quality building and refurbishment contractor specialising in the management, construction and maintenance of property in the UK and Europe. OLF has secured a reputation for delivering the highest level of expertise and service to private clients developing residential property.

A high proportion of our work is repeat business for private clients who value our reliability, discretion, competitive pricing and our absolute attention to detail. OLF combine strong management techniques with the employment of superb craftsman to ensure that every detail of a building project is completed to the highest possible standard. Through our experience and commitment and by maintaining a collaborative approach to the works, OLF produce excellent results for Architects, Designers, Engineers and Clients alike.



Founded by Adam Hills and Maria Speake, Retrouvius are driven by the belief that good materials and well-made things are precious. The Retrouvius story began in the mid nineties, founded as a vehicle for working with the Glasgow conservation world and local demolition firms. Now in its 25th year and housed across two sites in Kensal Green, the Retrouvius of today is now very much established in West London. Retrouvius continues to champion the respectful re-use of salvaged material, alongside a broad approach to sustainability, turning respectfully re-used materials to distinctive, contemporary ends.

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Currently there are more than 320,000 people experiencing homelessness in the UK, that’s the equivalent of the entire population of Iceland. Emmaus is different to other homelessness charities as they don’t just offer a bed for the night, they offer a home for as long as someone needs it along with support, training and meaningful work in their social enterprises. Emmaus supports 815 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion in their 29 communities across the UK, and are working to be able to accommodate 1000 people by 2020. Repurposing, upcycling and recycling are key to Emmaus’s social enterprise model, and in the last year Emmaus communities have saved more than 12,000 tonnes of unwanted household goods from going to landfill. If you would like to find out more please visit

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