Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Green Furniture for the Home

I recently was asked for sources for green furniture for the home. I'm mostly familiar with commercial products from our friends at Herman Miller, Teknion, Allsteel, Steelcase, Knoll, and the like. Though many of these companies have products that are available to individuals, they do have a distinct modern look - not necessarily everyone's taste. Here are a few goodies I found that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. My favorites are the beds from Environment-Furniture and the Target tables (last link from Inhabitat).



Magaret Maple said...

Don't forget about OfficeDesigns.com--they have an ENTIRE gallery devoted to green furniture. All really nice ergonomic chair and the percentage of recycled materials, recyclability and whether its GRA certified.

Jodi "Millennial 4 Earth" Williams said...

Here's a website (they also have an e-magazine) that has some info: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/

Anonymous said...

Lovely idea!! I like to buy this type of furniture for my home!!

Anonymous said...

I have come to realize we now are living in a mass produced fake plastic world, from the fake leather we sit on in our office chair’s to the little mouth piece’s that we drink our coffee from.

When people would say to me “the world is getting smaller”, I would answer them ”no, I think its just all becoming the same.” I wanted to feel connected to something real. I wanted to sit in something organic, not synthetic, I wanted to see things that look natural, not constructed and I wanted to feel effortless, not forced.

So, in 2005, with the help of my friend and designer, Cobi Achara. We started to design hand made furniture that is functional with an unprocessed air. After letting our imaginations run wild, we soon realized the advantage of designing and producing our own furniture, comes the ability of being able to create special one off bespoke pieces. Depending on peoples own personal tastes and wishes we created all sorts of unusual shapes and sizes, from footstools to sofas, with some spectacular results. I genuinely believe we have managed to create something we can now all feel connected to.
With regards to the materials we use, they not only look and feel extraordinary but we are actually helping the environment too. Here are just a few examples why.

Water Hyacinth.
One of the fastest growing plants known, water Hyacinth is an aquatic weed. It was introduced from South America by accident. Within a few years it had spread though Thailand and was causing all sorts of problems. When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely, this dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often leading to the death of fish or turtles, a solution had to be found and that solution was to harvest it for the production of furniture.

Bamboo is the strongest and fastest growing plant on this planet. Some species of bamboo can grow as much as 4 feet a day. A sixty foot tree cut for market takes 60 years to replace, a sixty foot bamboo cut for market takes 59 days to replace. Bamboo also has a tensile strength superior to mild steel (withstands up to 52,000 pounds of pressure psi) it also has a weight ratio surpassing that of graphite.
There is a suspension bridge in China 250 yards long, 9 foot wide and rests entirely on bamboo cables fastened over the water. It doesn’t have a single nail or piece of iron in it.

Para wood
This environmentally sound timber is better known as rubber wood. With the high price of rubber on the world market there comes a benefit...lots of timber. A rubber wood tree has a lifespan of around 20 years at this point it has to be replanted which means plenty of timber for furniture manufacturing. Para wood accounts for 60% of the furniture made in Thailand.

Rattan is a large climbing vine that wraps itself around existing tree life. Because of this, it actively discourages deforestation, as farmers will strip away the rattan, leaving the trees unharmed. Rattan grows in area's that will not support most other commercial crops, such as tropical forests that remain under flood waters for extended periods. The harvesting of rattan is labor intensive and requires only basic tools and machinery. As such it provides an income for some of the poorest communities in these areas.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and remember, Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary.

Drew Fitzgerald
Tree House d├ęcor, not your ordinary furniture.


Anonymous said...

TEAM 7 (www.team7usa.com) is a certified environmentally friendly furniture manufacturer. They specialise in green, non-toxic solid wood furniture. The hardwoods come from sustainable harvested European forests and are treated only with herbal oils and waxes. TEAM 7 is a fifty year old company from Austria who is producing green furniture since the 1980s. They also won many international design awards. No need to compromise style for the environment, or vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Another website to check out is National Business Furniture. At http://www.nationalbusinessfurniture.com/Eco-Friendly-Office-Furniture.aspx they have pulled together a selection of eco-friendly furniture. I've also seen some green tips and advice at OfficeFurniture.org.

johnsmith said...

Take a careful look at your current furniture. It may be fun to get new stuff, but the greenest think you can do is to reuse what you already have. Chairs and sofas that are sturdily constructed can look very different with crisp new slipcovers made with organic cotton. Dark furniture can be painted white and shabby bookshelves take on a whole new look when you add shuttered doors.

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jerick said...

Furniture made of wrought iron is not only stylish but also weather resistant, sturdy and requires minimal maintenance. Attractive and long lasting, it is no wonder that you will find wrought iron furniture in many patios, gardens, courtyards, balconies and other outdoor spaces
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Anonymous said...

Green is good. But I hope they are not too expensive.

My Blog Company said...

You should consider "Treecycled Furniture" as well...green designs furniture and furnishings from Indonesia.

Unknown said...

Great looking China rattan furniture - I have had Boca Rattan dining table and chairs for years. Really holds up well.

Ginny Crandall said...

I would love to get some green furniture for my next green event. I have somethings in mind that are primarily made from bamboo. (Did you know that bamboo is actually a grass?) Are there some items that you would recommend over others?

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