Now that I’ve shown you that green design and a chic home are not mutually exclusive, on to other topics.  While non-toxic materials and sustainably sourced products are absolutely essential, I believe that stemming the production of waste and the use of natural resources is even more important.  If you can buy furniture that will last for a lifetime, you’ll be reducing the amount of material sent to a landfill as well as helping to ensure that no more natural resources are used than are necessary.  Over the next few posts, I’ll be profiling a few amazing companies that got that part of the equation right.

The first company that I want to show you is called the New Traditionalists.  As if their name didn’t tell you enough, they’re committed to producing stylish furniture the old fashioned way.  They use hand rubbed finishes, hardwood construction, kiln dried frames and hand tied springs, all so they can build good quality furniture without toxic adhesives or fillers.  The woods they use are all from sustainably harvested forests and they only use non-toxic finishes.

While their pieces are pricey, their belief of buy well once means that their classic forms, modern colors, made to order furniture and impeccably crafted pieces will last for a lifetime.  Not only will you never have to replace one of their pieces ever again, you’ll never want to.  Personally I really like the understated and slightly masculine look of these pieces.  What do you think?

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