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March/April 2010

The Second Time Around

Home furnishings that combine form and sustainability aren’t just functional- they’re cool |by Monica Khemsurov|

New Yorkers love to recycle, even when it comes to furniture — which is why we have some of the best-looking sustainable stuff around. The Brooklyn design studio Uhuru, for instance, has turned old snow fencing from out-west into one-of-a-kind wooden benches, complete with trendy neon legs; they will debut at BKLYN Designs show in May. Burlap coffee sacks have been long used to cover pillows and chairs, but the Costa Ricans ones wrapped around Gus Modern’s Upcycle ottomans are more colorful than the average– and they once held fair-trade beans. Restoration Hardware, ¬†ABC Home, and the Tribeca furniture maker Dune are embracing green, too. Of course, sustainable furniture is only sustainable if you’re not throwing out a perfectly good piece in favor of a new one, so shop wisely.

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