The Future is Faux: Vegan Interior Design

2/11/2021

With the first ever Vegan Interior Design Week commencing this week, we thought there was no better time to discuss all things vegan. Hosted by interior architect and animal rights activist Aline Dürr, the five-day online event takes place from the 1st-5th November. Featuring more than 30 international speakers across panel discussions, a virtual showroom and networking sessions, the event will showcase the latest product and material trends as well as thought-leading discussions from creative elites.

The Rising Trend of Vegan Interior Design

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in consumers being more conscious about what they’re buying and where it comes from. More than just adapting to a meat-free diet, veganism is now a lifestyle choice which extends to the way you style and decorate your home. With brands such as MATT & NAT, Helen Moore, Essentials, Evermore, and Noble Isle looking for ways in which they can be more ethical with their products, incorporating cruelty-free design into your own home has never been easier.

Vegan Interior Design Materials

Looking to style your home to match your vegan lifestyle? Then you're probably wondering what materials to look out for and what benefits they may have. Rather than buying products made from leather, wool, silk, fur, or down, opt for cruelty-free products made from faux leather, hemp, bamboo, and faux fur. Discover the vegan materials below that are just as good (if not better) as the real thing.

Faux Leather

Commonly known as PU and PVC leather, faux leather is made from a synthetic plastic coating, layered onto a fabric backing and treated to create a leather-look finish. Highly stain-resistant, durable, easy to clean, and more affordable, vegan leather allows you to enjoy the look and feel of real leather without the environmental impact.

Hemp

Made using fibres from the stalks of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp is one of the strongest and most durable organic plant-based fibres available. Despite being more expensive than traditional cotton, its low environmental impact and cotton-like texture make it a firm choice for bedspreads, blankets, towels and rugs.

Bamboo

Renowned for its antibacterial properties, this extremely soft fabric is eco-friendly, durable, absorbent, and breathable. Commonly used for towels, bedding, throws and other household items, it's a fast-growing plant and doesn’t need pesticides or fertilizers to grow.

Faux Fur

Affordable, durable, and low maintenance, faux fur is now used for a variety of rugs, cushions, throws and more. Crafted from synthetic fibres such as acrylic and plastic, this animal-friendly material is processed to resemble the look and feel of animal fur. Perfect for those cold winter nights, snuggle up and get cosy with faux fur.

How to Style the Vegan Interior Design Trend

Having a home that's completely vegan won't happen overnight so start by making those small changes one room (or accessory) at a time. With so many great alternatives on the market, there’s never been a better time to try these ethical options. From throws and candles to towels and skincare, take a look at the brands that are offering vegan products that look good and do good.

Living Room

Living Room

Celebrating all things faux fur, Evelyne Prélonge’s selection of cushions, throws, hot water bottles and eye masks will add comfort and style to any space. To recreate this cosy look, all you need is a super-soft throw and cushion from her Himalaya collection. For those finishing touches, just add a Soho Home vegetable wax candle and a Pigeon and Poodle faux leather frame.

Perfect for elevating bath times, The Gift Label's selection of vegan-friendly body lotions and diffusers are packaged within 100% recycled bottles. Created by Lynn Burgman, the brand is passionate about celebrating the small things in life. For a more ethical bathroom, dry off in style with L’appartement's bamboo blend towel and up your skincare game with cruelty-free 001 Skincare London.

Launched in 2016 by French duo Amelie Brick and Lauren Nouchi, APPARIS was born from the pair's long-standing careers in the fashion industry where they witnessed unethical manufacturing processes first-hand and vowed to do better. Bringing a touch of NYC glam into your home, their faux fur throws and floor cushions are perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. For the ultimate self-care indulgence, team your favourite dressing gown with a pair of sumptuously soft vegan slippers.

Try the Trend

If you're thinking about making these changes, now is the perfect time. With the demand for vegan-friendly homeware growing, there's only going to be more ethical options available for conscious consumers. With so many high-quality alternatives, there's no need to look to leather, animal fur or down to create a stylish home. Discover the brands that are leading the way here.