The simple weave and soothing palette of Arizona is
reminiscent of that state's tranquil desert scenery. The
perfect texture to soften even the straightest edge, this
textile is easily applied to any hard surface as a
wall-covering or upholstery. Woven in Italy from cellulose and
cotton, it is 54 inches wide and is offered in four colors,
Sage Green, Dijon, Linen, and brown. 152 West 57th Street, New
York, NY 10019; 866-473-9826; greystonehomecollection.com.
Series end and cocktail tables
Thoroughly modern with more than a touch of whimsy, the
Klom Series end and cocktail tables are made entirely by hand:
bamboo fibers and natural resins create the initial form,
which is then set with an environmentally friendly epoxy. This
jolly group is as comfortable in a hip interior as it is in
the great outdoors. 1 La Costa Center, 1016 La Posada Drive,
Suite 240, Austin, TX 78752; 512-371-9908; xenoobjects.com.
This manufacturer has added to its collection of Terratex,
eco-friendly fabrics produced using renewable energy. The
upholstery line includes Foundation (available in 30 colors),
Links (13 colors), Constructure (nine colors), and Electron
(two colors). Best of all, they're offered at budget-friendly
prices—so you don't have to part with a lot of green in order
to be green. P.O. Box 1812, Indianapolis, IN 46204;
el: Environmental Language
Seemingly floating on winged legs, the graceful Pegasus
dining table could hardly be more tethered to the earth. The
eco-friendly piece is available in three sustainably grown
woods: walnut, rift-cut oak, and cherry. Finishes—ranging from
clear-coat to dark ebony—are nontoxic and derived from tree
sap. The table is 54 inches long, 102 inches wide, and 29
inches high. 425 Park Barrington Drive, Barrington, IL 60010;
Made from recycled and recyclable polyester, the Re:Stitch
Collection by TVS interweaves durability and style; witness
chic Oblique. The two-tone grid design lends the fabric an
illusion of gentle motion. The collection includes 39
upholstery fabrics and 39 wall coverings in earthy hues. 900
12th Street Drive Northwest, Hickory, NC 28603; 828-328-2064;
Mezzo, and Macro fabrics
Micro, Mezzo, and Macro denote three weaves of textured
recycled- polyester fabric intended as both wall coverings and
panel fabrics. The three weaves have stark geometric motifs
and palettes that evoke architectural surfaces like stone,
wood, and metal. Micro and Macro come in seven colors; Mezzo,
in six. 76 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011; 212-343-4001; knolltextiles.com.
hardwood table/Zebra chairs
Made entirely of recycled-hardwood beams, the Reclaimed
hardwood table and Zebra chairs by this Brooklyn designer are
as friendly to the environment as they are to dinner guests.
Blending organic influences with brawny elegance, this dining
set is available in ebonized, clear, and dark brown finishes.
The table is 102 inches long by 35 inches wide. 20 Van Dam
Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222;
Machine-washable contract curtains may sound too good to be
true, but with this manufacturer's clean, green line of window
coverings, it's simply a matter of detaching, washing, and
re-hanging. Customers can select fabric made from woven bamboo
or soybean fibers, as well as an array of cottons and silks.
Styles include classic Roman shades, balloon shades, and
drapes. P.O. Box 231267, New York, NY 10023; 646-505-0730; curtain-call.biz.
Hung alone or as part of a luminous constellation, the
Helios pendant is guaranteed to be the brightest star in the
room. Bubbles of hand-blown glass within an external orb
scatter light in concentric circles. Helios is made from
partially recycled glass, recyclable aluminum, and bamboo and
comes in seven colors. 24 Fifth Avenue, Suite 709, New York,
NY 10011; 212-475-0479, x2; jgooddesign.com.
Two new recycled-polyester additions round out the
Sustainable Designs fabric group. Curly, a spiral pattern,
comes in seven colors; Texturecise, a combination of matte,
shiny, and bouclé yarns, in eight. 150 Varick Street, New
York, NY 10013; 212-627-7766; pollackassociates.com.
Each piece in Green, a new collection of Forest Stewardship
Council-certified veneers, is dyed for a uniform appearance.
Available in 14 colors, the all-natural wood veneers enable
designers to earn LEED-certified wood credits. 40 Burlews
Court, Building 4, Hackensack, NJ 07601; 201-968-0101; tabu.it.
As subtly textured and serene as the beaches that inspired
it, Cozumel is one of three new shades in this manufacturer's
recycled collection. Fragments of reclaimed glass find a new
life jazzing up this sandy neutral, making it a popular choice
for kitchens, baths, countertops, cabinets, and more. 7350
Empire Drive, Florence, KY 41042; 800-428-6648; avonitesurfaces.com.
A veritable feast for your feet, ECOearth is available in
scrumptious shades like Pesto Change-o, Pumpkin Patch, and Hot
Tamale. The latest in this manufacturer's fun and durable
recycled-rubber floor collection debuts in 14 speckled colors.
Available on rolls or in 18- and 36-inch-square tiles. This is
one floor you just might want to eat off of. P.O. Box 989,
Lancaster, PA 17608; 877-326-7873; ecosurfaces.com.
Though similar in appearance to particle board,
moisture-resistant Wheat Board panels were developed by
Canadian firm Dow BioProducts using chopped wheat straw. The
board is bonded using polyurethane resin, making it a great
choice for use in upgrading horizontal work surfaces of
Miller's Ethospace, Action Office, Q, and Prospects systems.
855 East Main Avenue, Zeeland, MI 49464; 800-851-1196; hermanmiller.com. circle
Whether the raw material is abaca (a banana-plant fiber) or
raffia (a palm fiber), the look is pure coconut. Luisa
Robinson's fuzzy, hemispherical Tango chairs are rope that's
coiled in the Philippines; the legs and 29-inch-diameter frame
are chrome. 2199 Rue de la Metropole, Longueuil, Quebec,
Canada J4P 1S5; 450-674-1669; furniture-cni.com.
Mecho Shade Systems
window panel system
Gain the most possible daylight with minimum heat by using
motorized-shade cloth window panels operated by this company's
QSS, or Quiet Shade Systems (which decrease motor noise by a
whopping 40 percent). The new systems will become standard on
all of this manufacturer's lines. 42-03 35th Street, Long
Island City, NY 11101; 718-729-2020; mechoshade.com.
This line of perforated PVC-Free SheerShades is available
in six colors, ranging from white to dark gray. Perfect for
window shades, the fabrics are fireproof coated fiberglass
(which is compatible with the company's electronic-drive
rollers). 7200 Suter Road, Coopersburg, PA, 18036;
Environmental sustainability plays a major role in this
eye-catching design. The manufacturer uses only the most
green-friendly materials but never skimps on
construction—here, a solid maple frame and eight-way hand-tied
coils for support guarantee comfort and durability. Both the
Lumos Armless two-seat sofa and bench are offered in all the
manufacturer's fabrics and wood finishes. P.O. Box 1767,
Hickory, NC 28603; 828-495-4607; cabotwrenn.com.
and Trunk stools
Drum and Trunk are outdoor stools hewn from the flared
bases of fallen Western red cedars. Because the bull's-eye of
each trunk's heart is placed dead center, neither style is
likely to be compromised as cracks develop. 1649 Columbia
Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 1A5, Canada;
Interface president John Wells as the result of
brainstorming "about how a flooring system would come about if
subjected to the laws of nature… and nothing in nature is
uniform." Up close the individual elements may seem
incongruous, but when viewed whole it's an easy-on-the-eyes
pleaser whose durability and muted color line speaks
persuasively to contract applications. Tiles are woven from
yarns similar in tone, then the piles are randomly cut to
produce a heathered effect. Each tile is unique, but the tones
and patterns are close enough to create a sense of cohesion.
And there's an environmental dividend: Waste is limited
because the randomly sized tiles create fewer remnants;
therefore less yarn, dye, and backing is used per order. And
the work continues, says designer David Oakey: "Our goal is to
create a super-clean, monotone product." 1503 Orchard Hill
Road, LaGrange, GA
30241; 800-336-0225; interfaceflooring.com.
EcoWorx non-polyvinyl chloride backing comes with a
guarantee that the manufacturer will return to pick up and
recycle any of it that wears out at no extra cost. Believing
so strongly in the product, the manufacturer will replace all
of the company's PVC backings with this new one. 410 Old Mill
Road, Cartersville, GA 30120; 877-509-7429; ecoworx.com.
ECOsurfaces, a collection of eight indoor and outdoor
product families, includes, among others, the striking
Econight, rugged Ecostone, and relaxed Ecocomfort. Made of SBR
(from worn-out tires) and colored using EPDM flecks (from
industrial waste), these products are available in 54 standard
colors with 29 optional custom colors for the specks. P.O. Box
4944, Lancaster, PA 17604; 877-326-7873; ecosurfaces.com.
Stark Carpet Corporation
The Papier wall-covering collection offers the durability
of vinyl in a hip, eco-friendly nonwoven paper that's free of
chemical coatings. The four patterns - Stipple, Cubed,
Dotty, and Christopher Stripe - are available in 25
colors. 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022;
It's fusion furniture. The Klom series includes Jared
Huke's earth-friendly Nung, a chair that mixes Eastern and
Western influences with old-world and cutting-edge fabrication
techniques. It's handmade in Thailand and constructed of
bamboo fibers bonded with a durable, environmentally conscious
adhesive. 1 La Costa Center, 1016 La Posada Drive, Suite 240,
Austin, TX 78752; 512-371-9908; xenoobjects.com.
Pop the cork—this pair of flooring options, part of the
Unicork collection, is worth celebrating. Basix is patterned
natural cork, while Kroma is cork finished in 12 pearly
pigments. Both come in two sizes, 12 by 24 inches and 18 by 24
inches, with either beveled or straight edges. 512 North
Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK 73102; 866-772-4772; tomkt.com.
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