Healthy, Green Design: 5 Eco-Friendly Interior Design Products Companies

| 2/11/2011 9:54:13 AM

Stephanie Nickolson headshotStephanie Nickolson has designed residential, commercial and eco-conscious environments for more than 24 years. Her firm, Stephanie Nickolson Design, promotes the use of sustainable, non-toxic, recyclable and environmentally-friendly products and services. The firm works largely with clients who have allergies, chemical sensitivies or who have children with special needs.   

It’s sometimes hard to find new interior products that meet all of the criteria for being eco-friendly, excitingly HOT and cool all at the same time, but in my reading and travels, I’ve come across some of the finest. Here are my top five picks:

1. Cisco Brothers Furniture: This fabulous furniture is handmade in south central L.A. by local craftspeople. Cisco Pinedo was the first designer to create 100 percent FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) pure, sustainable, upholstered furniture.

Cisco Brothers Edith sofa 
This 90-inch-wide "Edith" sofa is made of sustainable hardwood and is available in all-natural fabric. Photo Courtesy Cisco Brothers. 

Shown here is their ever-so-classic 90-inch-wide “Edith” sofa. This versatile, button tufted piece looks stunning in a many diversified settings. It is timeless and classic. This company also manufacturers square, rectangular and round button tufted ottomans. These pieces are ideal for using as a foot rest or as a place to set a tray to serve food and beverages on. Soft fabrics made of 100 percent linen, as well as cotton, can be applied to the frames, or the company will use C.O.M. (Customer’s Own Material).

2. Designtex: The term “faux” generally has a negative connotation of being synthetic or non-eco, but now Designtex, a leader in textiles in the design arena, has come out with a new product called Faux Sure. It’s a high performance leather that is PVC-free, heavy-metal-free and doesn’t have formaldehyde or use plasticizers during production. Its bold color lineup includes “Taxi” and “Violet.” To create an eclectic look, you might add one of these colored leathers to an antique piece of furniture or recover an old bench or chair to give it new life and pizzazz.

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