Bent Ply Chairs

by Justin Thomas •

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

Bent Plywood Overlap Tray by Offi

by Justin Thomas •

Bent plywood is energy efficient in its construction. Also, less wood is wasted because the wood is not milled but molded instead. This overlap tray by Offi is molded plywood with a Baltic birch veneer, and has a cork covered area for your cup of coffee. Read more about Offi here. Available from Amazon for $99.

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Rubberwood Coffee Table

by Justin Thomas •

This coffee table is made with rubberwood, which is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. See more information on rubberwood here. Available for $60 from Amazon.

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Ultrametaefficient: Cork Chaise Lounge by Daniel Michalik

by Justin Thomas •

This cork chaise lounge, designed by Daniel Michalik, qualifies as being ultrametaefficient because it is: made with a renewable material, light, aesthetic, waterproof and impervious to rot and mold. It can be used indoors or outdoors.

PIE Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

PIE‘s curvaceous furniture is handmade using natural materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo and rattan.

Ultraminimalist Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

We have to call this furniture “ultraminimalist”. Designed by Adapt using strips of bamboo (hence renewable). The pieces are portable — you can bring it to the beach or an event on grass.

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Dot! Chairs

by Justin Thomas •

John T. Unger makes these vibrantly colored “Dot! Quadriped” chairs using over 50% recycled material. The chairs can be used indoors or out, and are built to survive even the harshest weather conditions. The powder coat enamel surface is durable and easy to clean. Link: John T. Unger Studio

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Rubberwood: Renewable Timber

by Justin Thomas •

Rubberwood (also called Parawood in Thailand) is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. After about 26-30 years, the latex yields from the tree become extremely low and the planters then fell the rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the …

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Reclaimed Wood Funiture

by Justin Thomas •

These very attractive tables and chairs are designed by Scrapile. They are made of reclaimed scraps of wood from local wood shops. The unique texture comes from the combination of the various types of wood that is recovered. Scrapile is run by Brooklyn-based designers Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt. For more information contact: Carlos Salgado

EcoResin Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

3Form has just introduced a new line of furniture made with Varia Ecoresin. (See our previous post on Ecoresin.) Varia is manufactured under strict OHSA approved standards and is free of VOC’s, solvents and emissions. 3form ecoresin and Varia are built to exceed LEED accreditation insuring at least 40% post industrial recycled content, and are free from plasticizers and stabilizers. …