IF Green, a new company, introduces a new line of sustainable furniture that may change the way you view wood.
What if furniture mattered? That’s the question two woodworkers intend to answer with their new company, IF Green.
A tale of two craftsmen: Stephen Becker and Tim Tracy could be twins separated at birth, jokes Lisa Grove, Becker’s wife and the third partner in IF Green. Becker managed an organic farm in Kansas; Tracy managed one in Washington. Becker ran his own cabinetry business; Tracy built his own cabin. The two met while working at a home-building/remodeling firm in Portland, Oregon.
Furniture with a philosophy: In 2005, Becker, Tracy and Grove launched IF Green, offering stylish, built-to-order home furnishings that are economically, physically and socially sustainable.
Less is more: Becker strives to use minimal resources while creating strong, attractive furniture. The Split-Back Dining Chair is made from just one-third sheet of plywood, thanks to his ultra-efficient design.
Something new, something old: The IF Green crew can’t decide which new material thrills them more: an innovative, eco-resin product called 3form that can be twisted and curved, or a batch of Douglas fir reclaimed from an old cherry-orchard storage vat, stained pinkish-red from the fruit.
Dumpster delight: IF Green’s Dumpster often gets emptier as the week goes on, as Becker and Tracy re-appropriate material. “We use it for storage, really,” Tracy quips. Unusable remnants are given away for use as firewood; sawdust becomes compost.
No rest for the creative: Becker is obsessed with making things. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” he says. One snowy night in Portland, he stayed up until 2 a.m. building a sled for the next day using old cross-country skis, a crutch and a piece of wood slated for the garbage. Unfortunately, the snow didn’t stick.
The goods: Ogle or order wheatboard ottomans, palm-wood chairs and more at IFgreen.com.
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