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With sleek lines & defined design aesthetics, comes bold designs and a European Modern way of life for this top design house ~ ligne roset. One of the top designers, Didier Gomez combines multi-functionality, while maintaining European minimalism, to bring you innovative storage solutions. {click on this photo: the large jpeg is gorgeous}.

For this multi-use Euro Modern console, for living or dining room, it's all about the small details. The open niche provides a great place to display modern accessories and with additional interior shelves, the cabinet offers plenty of storage for all your favorite wares.

Designed by Peter Maly, the European Modern Lumeo Bed, actually has design roots from one of my favorite modern US cities:
"When I designed Lumeo, I’d just come back from a trip to New York and had been strongly impressed by the modernity of that city. This spirit has undoubtedly permeated my design."
With bold scale, this over-sized headboard comes with the collection's signature square pattern design. With other finishes available like white lacquer, natural, dark brown, or ebony oak, you can create an array of Euro Modern looks for any urban loft or big city brownstone.

From one of his best teams, Pagnon & Pelhaitre, comes the clean lines of the Cineline Bed. With crisp modern tufting and options of leather or fabric, or even embossed in ebony oak, this bed blends in with any modern decor. Find the beauty of European Modern at www.ligne-roset-usa.com.
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For the urban natural girl, she wants pureness in her home. Natural fabrics of linens & cottons, and fresh & flirty chairs with an organic sensibility. So, when it comes to true green ~ she wants the facts without sacrificing innovative styling and pure beauty. It's about Balance. And one winning sustainable combination comes from LEE Industries + BiOH.

What's inside this winning combination of NaturalLEE + BiOH: seat cushions made of Preserve® foam core with fiber wraps in a 100% cotton down proof ticking. The Preserve foam replaces 20% of the petroleum-based ingredients with a renewable soy-based BiOH polyol. The fibers are 80% regenerated fibers. Regenerated fibers consist of virgin fibers and waste fibers that are added with a binder fiber. This reduces the amount of waste that would normally go into our nation’s landfills.

Earth-Friendly Efforts Long Before it Became "Status Quo." ~ LEE

The NaturalLEE story: this fashion-forward upholstery manufacturer lovingly combines eco-technology with creative chic styling. Their commitment to sustainably is evident in their use of FSC certified woods and the green-choice to use BiOH cushions as their standard in all LEE products.
"Most importantly, sustainability is more than offering an eco-friendly product. We manufacture long-lasting furniture, made in the USA. The longevity of our furniture prevents it from being discarded into landfills, leaving a smaller environmental footprint on our Earth." ~ the LEE family.

Other feel good news about LEE: As part of their commitment toward a better future, one tree will be donated to American Forests® for every piece of NaturalLEE furniture sold. Now that, is true organic goodness. Make sure to see their amazing + extensive collection of eco-fabulous frames at www.leeindustries.com. {lifestyle photo: lee upholstery at domino magazine.}

BiOH: For the love of ~ Soy Love
The BiOH Story: this company makes me feel good. Although, everyone wants to get into the green movement, the green road is not as easy as it looks. True innovation + change comes with time and commitment and BiOH is leading the way in changing how manufacturers make upholstered furniture. Consumers need to understand the "shades of green" in terms of sustainability and need to make informed choices in how to purchase home interior goods. Leslie Carothers, social media strategist of BiOH states:
"BiOH soy based foams are a more responsible choice for the consumer on the continuum of choice but not the greenest choice, as foam made with BiOH soy polyols is a combination of soy and petrol. At this time, only 20% max of any cushion or mattress can contain soy because the technology does not exist to make a cushion that meets the manufacturer’s specifications for comfort".
The Good News: the pricing of upholstery made with BiOH soy cushions will not cost the consumer any more than making a choice to buy an all foam sofa and this makes the green-choice a whole lot easier. All you have to do is ask your retail sales consultant, "Which upholstery manufacturers do you carry use BiOH? It feels good to be green.

The Technology of it: What are BiOH® Polyols?

"We guess that you’re probably asking that question since “polyol” is not a word that most people use everyday, and we know that the majority of our family and friends still don’t completely understand what we do!" ~ the BiOH family.
BiOH polyols are an ingredient for flexible foam in products you use daily: upholstered furniture, mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, carpet cushion, and automotive seats. Traditional foam and carpet cushion ingredients are made from petroleum-based chemicals. BiOH polyols are made from a renewable resource ~ soybean oil. (See the Soy Love section.) Today BiOH polyols cannot replace all of the petroleum chemicals in these products, but they are leading the industry.

To learn more about BiOH and how to support other sustainable manufacturers in home decor, look to The BiOH Experience: ways to make a positive impact in your world at www.experienceBiOH.com.
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Living in London ~ home decor fashion takes on the grunge goodness of chic design and avant-garde textiles. Let your inner bohemian free to re-cover existing frames with artist canvas and express an eclectic nature of decor by painting your own designs, or purchase custom hand-painted chairs & settees. Either way, you bring new life to any city dweller's loft or London pad.

Don't be afraid ~ spice things up with fabulous color splashes of bold M&M greens to silk-glam-pinks, or express the darker side of bohemian life, with Gothic birds and black-&-white graffiti designs. {lifestyle photo: via coco+kelly at flickr}.

über glam chairs: from pink-satin cat-woman to pink flamingos + from dog-split chair-pairs to "God Save The Queen" black-gothic, this line is a must see journey into the...
[ bohemian mind + creative genius ] of mr. jimmie martin.

This luxury brand of home decor + custom design house Jimmie Martin, Ltd, brings "an eclectic showcase of one-off pieces of furniture combining the decadent and quirky with the nostalgic and urban."

The classic style chairs + settees are hand painted and can be commissioned after your own design & color scheme. Feel Good Green: they are happy to "revive" an existing piece of old furniture. Other Options: custom upholstered new frames are available in a variety of finishes, including glam silver leaf or gold leaf. Creative Minds: the back seat rests are upholstered in artist canvas, which they hand paint to bring you a one of a kind piece of bohemian chic art.

Go Bold ~ Go Gothic: Black Bird is a collaboration piece with jewelry designer Hannah Martin + Jimmie Martin hand-painted art work upholstered with feathers.

The "Darker Side of Bohemian Chic" starts with black painted case pieces adorned with haunted chandeliers, barbed-wire, gold-leaf beds, and French ornate, white painted, boudoir armories with splashes of grunge graffiti.

Who is Jimmie?
Across Europe and now here in the states, what more could you want in home fashion than UK designer ~ Jimmie Martin. Working with private, commercial and high profile clients, he has definitely made a name for himself in couture home goods.
"There is a rare consistency of sophisticated pieces combined with a sexy, modern design element." ~ about Jimmie Martin Designs.
For more bohemian finds + fabulous urban decor, pay JM a visit at www.jimmiemartin.co.uk. {note: a big shout out + thanks to sarah from LILLUXE ~ one of my fabulous readers + fellow bloggers who introduced me to jimmie}.
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Back to Basics with Urban Loft + Organic living. Of course, any lifestyle can have organic & sustainable elements and manufacturers, but I do try to weed out the true-green from the green-washers. The good news, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. So support the independents who are making a difference, who are on the road to change, and who have passion for sustainable design. {lifestyle photo: courtesy of ny times home & garden}.

A different side of Ligne Roset is ~ Urban. With clean lines and solid wood, comes Eaton: a perfect urban loft dining table fit for any open space. It comes with a special oil treated, matte finish in Walnut, Natural Maple Ebony Oak, or Cherry Oak and is also available in 9 different lengths to fit even the most grand of dwellings. {visit: www.ligne-roset-usa.com}.

The Platform Bed from the innovative LAX Series by Mash Studios, utilizes the sleek clean lines of English Walnut to create simple beauty. Founded in 2002 by Bernard Brucha, this team of highly skilled designers, engineers and architects work together to execute environments that are both conceptually interesting and structurally precise. For more modern + urban innovative home furnishings, visit Velocity: Your Home for Modern Living at www.velocityartanddesign.com.

The Brooklyn Boys are Back. Uhuru: the über cool of urban organic. Founded in 2004 by Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath, this is one of the most unique small design + build furniture companies on the planet. These guys know their wood slabs and are truly devoted to sustainability issues.
"For us sustainability is about choosing materials with the least amount of environmental impact, whether it is what they are made of, how they are produced or where they come from, and using them in a way where little to no waste is created."
The Bilge Lounge Chair is crafted by using reclaimed bourbon barrel staves from Kentucky and used truck springs. This chair is ~ true green.

Another organic find from Uhuru's Küpe line, is the Stave Bench {above}, which is constructed from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and black steel. By utilizing functional design, while retaining the individual characteristics and natural colors of the aged wood from the original barrels, the team at Uhuru easily create a new vernacular in craftsmanship. Check out this eco-friendly bunch at www.uhurudesign.com.

One more of my favorite, NY build + design furniture companies, is John Houshmand: the grand-daddy of all things Urban Organic. His philosophy for this industry is refreshing, not to mention, his profound thoughts on trees:
"Trees are the guardians of everything sacrosanct. They hold secrets of the past and relinquish everything necessary to sustain the future. We allow trees to do the talking. We simply listen."
This 96" long organic console pictured above by John Houshmand is a great anchor piece for any loft. Made from old growth heart pine beams and a steel frame, this piece signifies the urban industrial ideal. Each piece is individually handcrafted ~ they love crumbling bark & wormholes.

The 2-fold Spalted Maple Table is just one of his low-profile coffee tables and with its unique scale, it fits any urban loft's sensibilities. The homogeneity of the wood varies with each piece, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind piece of organic art. If you have not done so already, you have to check out his amazing website at www.johnhoushmand.com.
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This 96" long organic console by John Houshmand is a great anchor piece for any loft. Made from old growth heart pine beams and a steel frame, this piece signifies the urban industrial ideal. Each piece is individually handcrafted ~ they love crumbling bark & wormholes. See John for more information at www.johnhoushmand.com.
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When it comes to urban glam...nothing's off limits. How can you go wrong with chartreuse linen & silver nail heads? Check out the funky fresh Verona Dining Chair from Shine Home.
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Truly green by design, Facundo Poj handcrafts furniture & objects by using unconventional renewable materials like salvaged cardboard or engineered bamboo. With modernist roots, he takes freedom in his designs producing organic, biological forms. Made of 23 layers of engineered bamboo ply oak dowels, the aztec stool & wine rack reveals his love of snakes and cultural mythology. See more of Facundo at www.facundopoj.com.
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Yes ~ informal & unconventional, how can you not covet the classic lines of this Swedish Gustavian farm table? Made with an eco-friendly reclaimed top and distressed painted base. Paired with a chic, Stockholm iron double lantern, and the mood is set for any late night bohemian feast. Both from BoBo Intriguing Objects. Go to www.bobointriguingobjects.
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Aside from being totally laid back & urber cool, these guys live & breathe urban organic. From their Red Hook, Brooklyn studio, this small design + build furniture company, create utilitarian designs out of just about anything: reclaimed pine from demolished NYC buildings, old bicycle rims, recycled steel and other "such attractive waste."

The Slab Dining Table is handcrafted from large wood slabs of English Elm from sustainably harvested trees, ~ no two are alike and they keep plenty of slabs in stock for custom orders. Check out this eco-friendly bunch at www.uhurudesign.com.
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Another slice of Americana Craftsmanship is this Urban Rustic find from BDDW. The dreamy Sunday Bed, shown in American Black Walnut, comes with a hand-rubbed, dark oil finish and is perfect for any day of the week. For true beauty of urban craftsmanship go to www.bddw.com.

For the Love of Loft ~ comes the perfect Low Profile Slab Bed

This low-profile Slab Bed, from one of my Brooklyn favs, is the perfect fit for any urban loft. Hand-crafted from domestic White Ash, this bed is shown in their popular Live Edge Claro Walnut, hand-rubbed, oil finish. Feel free to stop by the studio to pay Mr. Tyler Hays a visit or check out his other innovative, woody designs at www.bddw.com.
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Another slice of Americana Craftsmanship is this Urban Rustic find from BDDW. The dreamy Sunday Bed, shown in American Black Walnut, comes with a hand-rubbed, dark oil finish and is perfect for any day of the week. For true beauty of urban craftsmanship go to www.bddw.com.

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Urban Rustic at its finest, is what you will find at this Williamsburg Brooklyn studio of BDDW. Tyler Hays, a painter and sculptor, is the founder of this small gem of a furniture company. Mixing heirloom quality Americana with clean modern lines, they handcraft solid wood pieces of select, domestic hardwoods, using traditional methods of joinery and apply hand-rub finishes of natural oils. See their fabulous beds below.

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Only with redefined, understated glamour, comes the beauty of Hudson Furniture Inc. Designed by Barlas Baylar, the "Knight Base Table" combines an organic Claro Walnut Slab top, with a free-form handmade sculpted base of cast bronze, which is then hand polished like a fine piece of jewelry. Their "Candles & Spirits" chandelier comes in a Gloss Nickel Finish and is the perfect topper for the most sophisticated of guests.

Catering to the upscale crowd and made in New York City, all pieces are available in custom dimensions and custom finishes in a variety of wood species, such as Claro Walnut, Black Walnut, Jasmine, and Ebonized Pine. You can find these urban beauties, and other pieces of organic jewelry at www.hudsonfurnitureinc.com.
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Another great find from Hudson Furniture is this large scale, solid walnut dining table. By appreciating the natural grains and rugged lines of the wood slabs and while maintaining the integrity of traditional joinery techniques, this Claro Table is a hand-made, one of a kind, piece of Organic Art.

Since Hudson caters to the design community, you may have a custom table built up to 20-feet in length, which also comes with a custom designed metal base. What more could you want from a high-end furniture company?

And...one more reason to love this NYC company, "None of the woods we use are harvested from old growth forests. With respect to nature, all wood slabs are domestically sourced from either salvaged trees or storm damaged trees." For more Urban Industrial Art, check out www.hudsonfurnitureinc.com.
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For the Love of Vintage ~ what a dream find: a French cane-back settee' in a bohemian grunge muslin with worn antique white finish. When in NYC, make sure to visit the "Vintage & Antique Collections" of ABC Carpet + Home. From French Farm Tables to Chinese Altar Tables and scores of vintage lighting & linens. Trust me, you won't leave this glamorous place without your inner bohemian. Photos from Decorno.com. Top Photo: courtesy of Zara Home.
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Pure modern ~ is what you will get from this premier Italian furniture maker. The Larotonda Dining Table {photo 2}, designed by MarioBellini is the perfect reflection of pure beauty and is also available in natural shades of ashwood & walnut. Designed by Hannes Wettstein, The Hola Chair has an internal steel structure and is padded with eco-friendly, CFC-free polyurethane foam. For a great resource of Modern Home Decor, visit www.cassinausa.com. {top lifestyle photo: anna kern photography}