Laurence Carr is a prominent advocate of circular design, an outlook that is embodied by the uniquely innovative work of her eponymous studio
Climate change is being felt globally, but the solutions lie much closer to home, in our immediate environment. The architecture, design, furnishing and landscaping of the places in which we work, rest and play can transform our wellbeing and that of the planet.
“The built environment generates nearly 50 per cent of annual global CO2 emissions, so there’s huge scope to make a difference,” says Laurence Carr, founder of New York-based multifaceted design studio Laurence Carr Inc, which specialises in interior architecture and design services, and circular product design. Laurence is also a consultant, broadcaster and prominent international advocate for a sustainable, regenerative and circular approach in the built environment, architecture and design industries, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is a member of the UN Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network advisory committee and is a Maison et Objet sustainability ambassador.
“I’ve lived on four continents, so I consider myself a global citizen,” says Laurence. “I have a deep respect for the planet and want to bring people together, to build a better world. We can create beautiful, functional, innovative and luxurious spaces but still reduce our carbon footprint, minimise waste, improve air quality, enhance biodiversity and protect our natural resources.”
Laurence has seen an increase in clients seeking her input and advice from all sectors, particularly hospitality, which is leading the charge towards wellness. “There are lots of ways we can improve wellness in the built environment,” she says. “We can choose non-toxic materials and introduce daylight, sensory features and natural greenery. In our homes, we can add indoor plants, choose furniture made from sustainable or upcycled materials, opt for non-toxic paints and cleaning solutions, and make the most of natural light. Little changes like these – alongside lifestyle choices like saving energy and water, sourcing food locally and recycling waste – soon add up to a big difference.”
Alongside her advocacy and design services, Laurence also works with businesses that share a similar philosophy, or are seeking to move in that direction, particularly in circular product design. Her collaborative, holistic approach enables her to bring together all the elements needed to create spaces that are out of this world and kind to the earth.