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Fresh Finds: Serene Spaces and Dashing Dining: Amenity, Cusp Natural Prodcuts, VivaTerra

Surround yourself with sustainable, soothing style.
By Natural Home staff
May/June 2007
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Made of recycled teak planks from old buildings, VivaTerra's decorative lotus panels are hand-carved by Thai artisans who are paid a fair living wage. The lotus motif symbolizes prosperity and fertility, and sales help fund new community buildings in the villages where they’re created. 3-by-3-foot panel with recessed hanging hardware: $425. (800) 233-6011.

Knoend’s Lite2go is an all-in-one lighting system in which the packaging itself becomes part of the shade. Each lamp includes an energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulb and electric cord; you assemble the fixture. Lite2go uses only recyclable, biodegradable components in its labeling and packaging. 10-by-10-by-11-inch pendant or table lamp: $38. (415) 252-7662.  

San Francisco designer Mette Vangso's Sakura Organic Buckwheat Pleasure Pillow is filled with organic buckwheat and lavender. The handmade pillow can be heated to relieve aching muscles and release the calming scent of lavender. The pillow case is removable for easy laundering. 15-by-7.5-inch pillow: $42. (888) 447-6936.

Amenity's organic willow duvet cover (in cream and sienna) is made of certified-organic 320-threadcount cotton. Each large-scale, nature-inspired design is printed with nontoxic, water-based dyes. Queen duvet cover (88 by 98 inches): $320. (213) 624-7309.

Inspired by nature, William Stranger crafts his one-of-a-kind furniture from recycled wood and finishes it with nontoxic linseed or tung oil. His Light (Gets In) Chair is made of walnut salvaged from a backyard tree cut down during construction. Chair with hand-fit mortise-and-tenon joinery: $2,200. (626) 405-0927.

This table runner from Cusp Natural Products is machine-knitted and hand-finished in the United States from high-quality European hemp yarn grown without pesticides or herbicides. Approximately 75-inch table runner:  $45. (877) 464-2877.

Ecoist’s pop art–inspired placemats keep factory-discarded candy wrappers out of the landfill. The stylish, fair-trade table accessories are handmade by workers in Mexico, and profits go back into local communities. Ecoist plants a tree for every item sold. Set of four placemats: $68. (305) 674-0433.

Staples Cabinet Makers makes unique custom and ready-made furniture and home décor from repurposed, antique New England wood. Furniture maker Stephen Staples hand-rubs each piece with sustainable finishes. This 14-inch-square Farm Table is the basis of the signature, customizable line. $700. (508) 695-1155.








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