‘A few pioneering and high-quality materials, a very crafted process, and a zero-waste mentality form the basis of the design,’ says Nina. ‘The aim is to close the loop, with an interior composed from waste or thoughtfully sourced, natural materials, that will either biodegrade or easily disassemble for repurposing in the future.’
30 bespoke wall lights were designed especially for Silo by Nina+Co. Created by a local potter using crushed wine bottles from the restaurant, they feature an exposed bulb in the centre. Through a unique, reduced-energy glass recycling process developed in-house by Douglas, the crushed glass is moulded and fired in a kiln to create the lights, which can be crushed and recycled again and again.
The flooring is created from natural cork – a carbon negative product harvested by hand, of course, from the bark of the cork oak without harming the tree. Cork oak forests capture five times more CO2 than is used in the manufacture of the flooring.
An 18-seater dining bar overlooks the kitchen worktop. The bar wrapped in recycled leather and the dining counter is formed of polyester packaging waste by Smile Plastics.
Distinctive, three-legged, round dining tables and a 5m long waiter station were designed by Nina+Co and crafted locally by craftsman Jan Hendzel in his Woolwich workshop from sustainably sourced English ash.