Creating the sustainable hotel of the future is complicated. Away from the obvious – cutting back on linen washing and food waste – there's the matter of objects.
Shoreditch's The Ace Hotel is making some interesting moves in this area. For their third 'Ready Made Go,' series, which they show as part of the London Design Festival, they commissioned a clutch of designers to make furniture from sustainable and waste materials. The pieces will live in the hotel, as well as being exhibited.
"Recycled materials have become a lot more sophisticated," says Laura Houseley, editor of Modern Design Review, who curated the collection.
"There have been big technological advancements in the industry and a new palette of materials to work with. The objects all need to hold up in a busy hotel environment, so they've got to be hardy, as well as nice to look at."
Here's the low down on some of the nifty techniques, materials and designers that are involved.
Recycled plastic stools
"These are from London-based designer Michael Marriot. They're made using Smile Plastics, which are a company who make this really cool sheet material from recycled plastic, using stuff like yoghurt pots," Laura says.
"With a bit of alchemy, it becomes this material that almost shimmers like water – it's tactile and attractive, which you don't associate with recycled materials."
'Fake stone' coffee tables
Created by design duo Soft Baroque, these coffee tables are made from silicastone. "It's a material which is a 'fake stone," says Laura.
"It looks and acts like natural stone and can be cut and worked in the same way, but is made from recycled ceramics, such as porcelain bathroom fittings and glass elements from old televisions."
Cake stands made from old carrier bags
"James Shaw is a really exciting young designer," says Laura. "And he's built this remarkable hand-held gun that uses beads made from waste plastic, such as shopping bags, melts them, and then lets you use the product in the same way that you would ice a cake from a pastry bag."
It's a technique usually only done on a large scale, industrial production, but the invention means it can be done in a craft way. Using this technique, James has made cake stands and other table-top parts.