Sustainable Hospitality Interior Design

The concept of sustainable hospitality interior design goes beyond mere aesthetics; it encompasses the careful selection of materials, the implementation of innovative design techniques, and a commitment to longevity and adaptability.

In this article, we delve into the importance of detachability and the utilization of sustainable building materials in hospitality interior design, highlighting their transformative impact on both the environment and the industry.

StoneCycling || Nando's Reading Gateway
StoneCycling Interior Project: Nando’s Reading Gateway, United Kingdom

Detachable Design

Traditional interior design practices often prioritize permanence, with fixtures and furnishings being installed with the intention of lasting indefinitely. However, in the dynamic landscape of the hospitality industry, where trends evolve rapidly and guest preferences fluctuate, this approach becomes unsustainable.

Interiors in the hospitality and retail sector see an average lifespan of around 3-5 years for macro trends and even as little as 3 months to 1 year for micro trends. After demolition, much of the resulting waste material can be recovered, but in practice much of this is recycled into a less valuable product or material (downcycling), rather than being reused.

Detachable design solutions facilitate not only the seamless reconfiguration of interior spaces (fostering a culture of adaptability and innovation) but also the efficient removal and replacement of components when necessary, saving time, money and preventing construction waste.

This versatility allows hospitality establishments to keep pace with changing demands, whether it involves updating decor to reflect contemporary aesthetics or optimizing layouts for improved functionality. Moreover, detachable elements enable easier maintenance and repair, prolonging the lifespan of interior components and reducing the frequency of replacements.


StoneCycling || Starbucks Europe
StoneCycling Interior Project: Starbucks Bucharest, Romania

The need for detachability arises from the necessity to adapt and evolve spaces efficiently, without resorting to extensive demolition or waste generation.

Bar Ramona StoneCycling
StoneCycling Interior Project: Bar Ramona Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Walls of Upcycled Bottles at Anne & Max Flagship Café in Haarlem, The Netherlands
StoneCycling Interior Project: Anne & Max Haarlem, The Netherlands

Sustainable Materials in Interior Design

Conscious selection of materials that minimize environmental harm throughout their lifecycle is essential when it comes to sustainable design.

In the context of detachable design, the choice of materials becomes even more critical. Opting for eco-friendly alternatives not only reduces the ecological footprint of hospitality interiors but also enhances their adaptability and durability. For instance, utilizing recycled or reclaimed materials for furnishings and finishes can imbue spaces with character while diverting waste from landfills.

Advancements in sustainable material technology have resulted in innovative solutions that prioritize both environmental responsibility and aesthetic appeal.

Sustainable Hospitality Interior Design Inspiration
BioBasedTiles [StoneCycling X Biomason]
Sustainable Hospitality Interior Design Inspiration
CornWall [StoneCycling X Circular Matters]

BioBased Building

Bio-based products can make the economy more sustainable and lower its dependence on fossil fuels. They can also open new opportunities in product development. StoneCycling partnered with innovative companies to introduce two bio-based building materials in our portfolio: BioBasedTiles and CornWall.

Sustainable Renovation at Museum in Venlo, The Netherlands || StoneCycling
StoneCycling Interior Project: Museum van Bommel van Dam Venlo, The Netherlands

Sustainable interior design represents a paradigm shift in the way we conceptualize and create hospitality spaces. By embracing detachability and leveraging sustainable building materials (waste-based and bio-based), establishments can not only reduce their environmental footprint but also enhance operational efficiency and guest experience.

As the industry continues to evolve, integrating these principles into design practices will be essential in shaping a more sustainable and resilient future for hospitality.

From small cafés to large-scale hotel chains, every establishment has the opportunity to make a meaningful impact through thoughtful and innovative design choices.

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COS in Luxembourg
StoneCycling Interior Project: COS Luxembourg
Orange Shop Design in Barcelona, Spain
StoneCycling Interior Project: Ace & Tate Barcelona, Spain

Purpose-driven consumers, who choose products and brands based on how well they align to their values, now represent the largest segment (44%) of consumers*.

Circular Coffee Bar LOT61 at DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
StoneCycling Interior Project: LOT61 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
StoneCycling X Hospitality
StoneCycling Interior Project: Tech Company Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* source: 2021 survey by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) in association with the National Retail Federation (NRF)