Showing posts with label urban organic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label urban organic. Show all posts
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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:}.

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

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

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
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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
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Live Edge: the freedom in organic form by Urban Hardwoods. Each piece uniquely hand-crafted and selected from salvaged trees by design + build artisans, who for the love of their craft, create one-of-a-kind, feel-good, organic decor.

Urban Hardwoods: the Seattle Guardians of Green Decor. This creative and innovative design company is now considered one of the leaders in the "Re-discovered Wood Movement," and was judged to be one of the Top Ten Green Building Products by Sustainable Industries for 2008. The company's philosophy, based on "creative thinking with environmental modernism," results in true organic, sustainable craftsmanship.
"We know where the tree grew. We take responsibility for its second life and are proud of our work." ~ Design Team at Urban Hardwoods.

The Alternative: wood captured + caged.

Do you know the Chain of Custody of your Home Decor wood products?

What it really means to be salvaged and why I love this sustainable furniture manufacturer, is their creative approach and principles when it comes to sourcing salvaged woods. The Urban Hardwoods Chain of Custody: from a neighbor's yard to our Seattle Showroom, we handle every aspect of the process: saw milling, stacking, kiln drying, furniture design, and construction is all done under one roof.

"Made in Seattle from trees that would have been discarded, each piece is unique. The color and figure of the wood, the touch of the craftsman's hand, the shape and size can never be duplicated". ~ UH

The Goods + The Woods: made from an eclectic mix of salvaged massive slabs of pacific madrone, sycamore, walnut, elm, and other trees that have spent their lifetimes in Seattle. For over ten years, Urban Hardwoods has been rescuing trees lost to disease, each slab comes with a unique story to tell.
"With every piece we craft, we respect the natural character and imperfections of the tree we use. We let the natural shapes, holes, curves and “live edges” of the tree remain".

The Little Story of the Oldest Elm Tree in West Seattle: by Urban Hardwoods
During the summer of 2006 one of the oldest Elm trees in West Seattle died. Urban Hardwoods was there to save her for a second life. The dining room is waiting for a table from the tree that grew less than 20 feet away. Had Urban Hardwoods not been involved, this Elm would have met the same fate too many historic trees in Seattle endure ~ the landfill. Instead, thoughtfully milled and carefully stacked in our 'green room,' the 130-year-old Elm dried slowly and naturally for two more years.

For more organic goodness + sustainable designs, stop by the Urban Hardwoods Seattle or San Francisco Showrooms or check out more urban cool salvaged finds at