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Green and chic: 5 eco-friendly chairs

 Posted by on February 12, 2009
Feb 122009

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

If you’re working on making your furniture environmentally correct, but you don’t want to sacrifice on style, we’ve found a handful of websites with wonderful, elegant options. Today, we’re shopping for chairs.

Earthsake sells all kinds of furniture made from sustainably harvested wood and luxury eco-friendly fabrics. We like the Milan Puff chair (at left), which comes in a variety of bentwood frames and lots of fabric for the cloud-like cushion. They’re on sale now, and range from $315 to $415 based on the grade of fabric you select.

There are several seating options to pick from at Viva Terra, including rattan chairs and very amusing “felted wool stones” that look like big soft smooth rocks. But we’re taken with the colorful Barcelona armchair, made of woven wicker with a natural kapok cushion. It’s $329. is a whimsical site with lots of colorful, zany, decorative items for the home. Their statement-making “knit” chair is handmade in Mexico of Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified beech or white oak and cotton rope (at right). Wood panels are held together with the rope in this comfy-looking lounge chair (it won a design award in 2005). The chairs are made to order and – gulp – they cost $5,998. But hey, it’s art! calls itself a “modern green furniture and furnishings” retailer, and their furniture designs are modern and edgy. They have lots of seating options, but their Spring chair caught our eye. It’s a single curved piece, made of bamboo with a sleek ergonomic design. It has a non-toxic finish that comes in natural, ebony and cherry, and it’s $690.

The seating options at Viesso are made with locally sourced alder, natural or recycled materials and water-based glue. The results are plush, colorful seats that can be combined with other pieces to create sectionals or love seats. The Blumen line is very modern and colorful, and the chair pictured (at left) is $732, but there are less expensive armless options. See other chair designs at Viesso as you scroll down their “chair” page.

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