Robin Wilson, principal of Robin Wilson Home and
pro bono ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America. The New York City-based
interior designer, author of Clean Design: Wellness
for Your Home and HGTV regular, has been practicing clean design for 16 years.
“Wellness and sustainability are design disruptors. It’s truly a requirement for so many families,”
says Wilson. One resource to help narrow down
healthy choices is the not-for-profit Sustainable
Furnishings Council. The organization’s website
lists the companies that have agreed to use no- to
low-VOC paints and stains, to have proper disposal
practices, to make sure their workers are protected,
and to minimize packing materials. “Manufacturers
have to go through a vetting process. I really like
that,” adds Wilson.
Staying current with GREENGUARD Certification
from UL Environment (a business unit of UL
Laboratories) also is a must for designers specializing in wellness. GREENGUARD Certification helps
manufacturers create—and helps buyers identify—
interior products and materials with low chemical
emissions in order to improve the quality of the air
in which the products are used.
Wilson’s view is that wellness is priceless—and
it’s a lifetime solution. She helps her clients under-
stand how much is at stake by asking a simple
question: “Would you raise your baby in a chemical
factory?” The answer is always, “no.”
Imagine this scenario, says Wilson. “You just
did the nursery one week before the baby is born.
You installed petroleum-based carpet and a brand
new mattress that you got for $9 somewhere. You
put that in a crib where you don’t know what kind
of stain was used, you painted the walls with any
old kind of paint, and then you closed it up and
sealed it up. You didn’t even open the windows and
let it off-gas.” We can make better, healthier decisions than that.
A LIVING LABORATORY IN HER HOME
When Laura Britt, ASID, owner and principal of
Laura Britt Design in Austin, Texas, designed and
constructed her new home last year, she wanted
“super healthy” interiors for her family. The LEED
Platinum project incorporates many of the principles of the WELL Building Standard set forth
by wellness pioneer Delos’ International WELL
It’s truly a
for so many
Robin Wilson urges clients to consider wellness
decisions as lifetime solutions.