Gwendolyn Bounds invested about 16 months and $83k in her posh, green kitchen remodel. The process was slightly more difficult than she imagined, but nonetheless, as you can see from the below video: the result is quite nice. David Johnston, green building and renovation expert, unofficially inspected the work and gave her high marks for the eco renovation. Her remodel included Energy Star appliances, locally made fly ash concrete countertops, Plyboo and Arreis cabinets, no-VOC paints, FSC-certified wood floors, Nu-Wool recycled newspaper insulation, LED lights, and double-paned efficient windows.
I received an email about Orange22′s launch of the Botanist Blank Canvas Project at ICFF and it looks pretty interesting. Orange22 enlisted the help of eight iconic designers to place their fingerprint on the popular Botanist line of indoor/outdoor furniture. The designers include Yves Behar, Margo Chase, Milton Glaser, Kahi Lee, Karim Rashid, Joe Ricchio, Massimo + Lella Vignelli, and Claude Zellweger. Pieces come in a variety of designs and can be used as end tables, benches, cocktail tables, or anything else you can think of.
SMC Furnishings is a small, New York-based company that creates handcrafted, high-quality furniture with earth friendly methods. In their tenth year of business, this company has been doing the green thing for longer than most. Even their workshop produces almost zero waste as they reuse even the smallest scraps for fuel. Almost all of their wood comes from reclaimed buildings, downed trees, or trees that are cut down because of disease or nuisance issues.
Maine Cottage is a Maine-based furniture company specializing in colorful, fun furniture. The company, which did not start out as an environment focused company, is actually quite green. 90% of their products are made by artisans in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Of course, local production means less travel and fewer harmful emissions.
Many Moons Design is a small, craftsmanship-based company in Lexington, Kentucky. They salvage wood and other materials to make beautiful furniture with designs ranging from rustic to modern. They also use a beautiful selection of woods, including colored woods, walnut and white oak. Some of the wood even comes from famous landmarks such as the Jim Beam distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Pretty neat!
Viesso, a Santa Monica based company, makes custom green furniture that’s ready to ship in three weeks. All furniture is made right in Los Angeles. They offer 17 couch and sectional shapes and 9 armchairs in a practically endless variety of fabrics. You then also have the choice of leg shape and cushion interior materials, spring type, etc., and you can build and price out your exact piece on their website.