Bringing compassion to their lifestyles as well as their plates, more and more Hollywood homeowners are filling their homes with ethically sourced, vegan decor.
Those concerned about animal welfare and sustainability may understand that ethical choices extend beyond the dinner table and into other life choices. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a “true vegan home,” or the home of anyone looking to avoid animal cruelty, “contains no animal products or materials tested on animals, including wool…and silk.” This means no leather sofa, no woolly blankets, and no silk bed sheets adorning a down duvet.
Sarah Barnard, an award-winning interior designer based in LA who specializes in eco-friendly design, notes that her Hollywood clientele is increasingly requesting vegan home decor due to animal welfare concerns.
The ethics behind furniture choices are also noted by Studio Hus interior designer Tatum Kendrick, who says, “After coming to LA…seven years ago, I noticed a significant shift in awareness and concern for animal rights and global health.” Kendrick, who is working on developing a line to launch next year, recently completed a fully vegan LA residence for No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and previously designed Moby’s Silver Lake vegan restaurant, Little Pine.
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But it isn’t just big celebrity names making vegan home decor an exciting industry; advances in product manufacturing are widening the possibilities for vegan furniture.
The vegan leather market is set to be worth $85 billion by 2025, with new advancements frequently making headlines. Animal-free leather is being created from pineapple leaves, apple, and even kombucha SCOBY. Kendrick also notes that “[t]here are exciting developments in the use of natural bacterias and fungus to produce faux leathers.”
The cruelty-free interior designs seem to be as aesthetically pleasing as their animal-based alternatives; humane interior designer Deborah DiMare of DiMare Design’s claims that every client she has introduced faux leather to has “flipped.”
Consequently, DiMare, whose book “Vegan Interiors” is set to release on November 2, has spoken about how humans no longer need animal products. “When I discovered the term ‘dog leather,’ it was a pivotal moment,” she explained. “I refused to continue designing spaces with animal-based product[s].” By contrast, DiMare is excited about the future of sustainable home decor. “The race is on and it’s fascinating,” she says.
Image credit: Sarah Barnard Design
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