Pardon the interruption, but I thought I would tap into the collective knowledge of readers for a little assistance. We've mentioned some awesome office chairs in the past, including the Zody and Embody, but I need some tips on a sub-$300 green task chair. My non-blogging, old school office chair went gimp a few months back with a broken leg. I kept using it because I was still getting by (and I like to really wear the hell out of stuff before replacing it), but a second leg just broke, so I need to get going on something new. I'm looking for something conservative (i.e., black or neutral) in this price range, preferably available in Salt Lake City, but I'll ship, if necessary. And I'd like it to be green, too, meaning made of recycled materials, made is a green factory, recyclable, etc. What do you know? Links, emails, suggestions?
Housefish Design, a firm specializing in furniture design, has produced a line of eco-friendly, modular storage furniture — you can buy individual pieces and stack them practically anyway you like. Why is it green? Well, the furniture is flat-packed for shipping (you only need a hammer to assemble), the wood is sustainably harvested FSC maple plywood, and the pieces are finished with a zero-VOC finish. Sounds good!
Emily Kroll, CEO and founder of upholstered furniture company EKLA HOME, has furniture design and environmentalism in her blood. The granddaughter of a furniture designer on one side, and an architectural and scrap metal recycler on the other, Kroll says she is "passionate about changing the way the furniture business works in the United States." She plans to do this by eliminating toxins, limiting waste and using sustainable materials. And EKLA certainly has a very impressive list of sustainable practices, perhaps one of the most impressive on the green furniture market today.
Arhaus, a furnishings company, was founded in 1986 with commitments to design, craftsmanship, and responsibility. Today, they are also committed to searching out eco-friendly materials and methods. Arhaus has always focused on artisan crafted pieces, created by furniture makers from across the world whom Arhaus maintains "face-to-face" relationships with in order to assure quality and fair labor practices.
Christian Brown Design just released a new line of eco-friendly furniture called Echo Series. The green furniture is made from salvaged wood, reclaimed panels of eco-resin, and stainless steel rods, cap screws, and connector bolts. By design, the panels levitate above reclaimed wood blocks and captivate the eye with a woodsy, contemporary style. Christian Brown uses panels manufactured by 3form and much of the wood appears to be salvaged pine. Plus, with all the variations in wood stains and eco-resin colors, the possibilities are practically endless.
I’ve been a happy and devoted Haworth Zody user for over a year and my chair is time-tested, blogger-approved — it’s a beautiful hoss. But my other chair, the office one, is quite hobbled and needs replacing. So when I was walking the exhibit floor at Greenbuild, the Herman Miller Embody chair caught my eye in a big way. Depending on the color you go for, it’s a loud chair, if not flamboyant, but that’s all part of its intrinsic ambition — and probably why Embody will be the next, must-have chair for stylish office types.