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MIT Says Relax & Recharge On A Solar Powered Rocker

by Tracy McGill •

Architecture students at MIT, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy, recently unveiled their latest design for the Massachusetts’ based school’s 150th anniversary Festival of Art+Science+Technology (FAST). These solar powered SOFT rockers allow you to plug in and recharge your USB device while relaxing outdoors. With a soft wood construction, the rocker makes use of the balance from human body weight to …

A Guide to Buying Non-Toxic Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

Wouldn’t it be great to sit in a chair and breath easily, knowing you are not inhaling chemicals like “perfluorooctane sulfonate”. Sustain Lane has a short guide to help you to know what to look for when shopping for furniture. Here’s a summary: avoid PVC, other plastics, high-emitting particleboard, polyurethane foam and synthethic fibers for upholstery, toxic finishes and glues. …

Kago Matchstick Lamp

by Justin Thomas •

This Kago Lamp has a natural matchstick weave. Available from Oriental Furniture for $24.

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.

Rice Paper Whirl Lamp by Adesso

by Justin Thomas •

This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.

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. …

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Reclaimed White Oak Chair by Whit McLeod

by Justin Thomas •

This chair is made of 100% white oak salvaged from wine barrels discarded by California wineries. It is treated with linseed oil. The chair folds together like so: The price for one chair is $125. They also construct other furniture. Available from: Whit McLeod

Baltix Furniture: “Eco-Buzz” Partitions

by Justin Thomas •

Baltix makes office furniture out of materials such as sunflower hulls, wheat strands and recycled newspaper. Based in Minnesota, Baltix is positioned close to the source of the agricultural fiber they use, reducing energy used in transportation. The partition pictured above is built with sunflower board paneling. The hulls were previously burned as waste. Baltix uses urethane for bonding the …