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Sustainable Roundups: 10 Side Tables for People and the Planet

by Silvia|May 24, 2022

Side tables are versatile pieces of furniture that find a place in many spaces, from the living room to the bedroom.

Materials vary from wood to stone, and for this roundup, we’ll focus on either sustainably-sourced materials or waste-based ones.

So let’s round up 10 interesting examples taken from SforSustainable, the sustainable interior design platform I curate.

Sustainably Sourced

Natural materials are not automatically a sustainable choice. What makes the biggest difference is how they’re sourced. Does sourcing respect the balance of the ecosystem? Only in this case, the material will be in line with long-term sustainability.

Product selection:

  • April
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Credit: Nikari

Precious Offcuts

Stone is a precious natural material whose extraction often requires an intensive process. In most cases, working with stone creates offcuts that – despite having smaller and weird shapes – shouldn’t be discarded. In fact, these bits and pieces can become beautiful objects with just a bit of creativity!

Product selection:

  • René
  • Joaquim
  • Astra
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Credit: Salvatori

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Credit: Tacchini

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Credit: Studio Raw Material

Waste-based Materials

Waste-based materials are one interesting and prolific field in sustainable design. In short, the idea is to find innovative ways to make sense of what has been considered useless so far. Examples go from glass shards, discarded textiles, and rubber to fruit and vegetable peels!

Product selection:

  • Upcycled
  • Block
  • Cassie
  • Rubber Cyl
  • Side Table 03
  • Tinct
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Credit: FÓLK

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Credit: Alusid

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Credit: Ottan

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Credit: Slash Objects

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Credit: Charlotte Kidger

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Credit: Justyna Poplawska


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1. Joaquim - by Tacchini 2. René - by Salvatori 3. Cassie - by Ottan 4. Astra - by Studio Raw Material 5. Rubber Cyl - by Slash Objects 6. April - by Nikari 7. Tinct - by Justyna Poplawska 8. Side Table 03 - by Charlotte Kidger 9. Block - by Alusid 10. Upcycled - by FÓLK

For more sustainable interior products, browse through SforSustainable!

This article was written by Silvia from DforDesign.

Meet The Author

Silvia is an interior designer and content creator who resides in Switzerland. For her, interior design is way more than aesthetics. That's why she says that she's on a mission to make interiors good for wellbeing and our planet.

Both on clients' projects and on the blog, her work focuses on:

Biophilic Design: wellbeing-centered interiors that take inspiration from nature.

Sustainable Design: products & materials that are mindful of the environment and support the development of a circular economy.

Check out her Blog, Instagram & Pinterest!

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