Saturday, June 28, 2008

Help! Sourcing Eco-Furniture

We wish we could afford a trip to ABC Home to purchase all deep green lovelies for our new living room. Alas, we are Bay Area-centric and need to shop local. Any tips?

We are considering recycling. We surrendered our living room furniture to a friend who has a consignment business here in Berkeley when we sold our Berkeley Hills home in 2006 and downsized to Jack London. Now, uh... we need it back.

We are always hanging out weekends with Lisa Russell, proprietress of Design Within Reach in Berkeley.

We love Knoll and some of the other sustainable furniture she carries like these barstools. They are by Bertoia and Greenguard-certified. Does that work in our Craftsman Great Room? Oy, this is hard.

We also love Herman Miller and their long-standing commitment to the environment. We are ever on the look-out for green wash, people who talk the talk because it's chic and profitable to be green these days, but don't walk the walk. Herman Miller walks the walk.

"We contribute to a better world by pursuing sustainability and environmental wisdom.... By participating in the effort, we lift our spirits and the spirits of those around us."
--from Herman Miller's Corporate Values

Do you like this couch? Designed by Mark Goetz. We're thinking olive leather - does it speak Craftsman?

We're wiggin' because we need to purchase and really we are neophytes. I'm getting some help, fortunately, from design goddess Kendall Wilkinson. Check her out right here.

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