Decorating your home can be a rewarding way to spend your time and money – and investing in beautiful, eco-friendly furnishings is a great way to express yourself and give any room a boost while supporting the environment. There is still a lingering stereotype about green design being boring or crunchy, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are many high-end designer furniture pieces that are as light on the earth as they are easy on the eyes. From a spectacular chandelier made from recycled coffee stirrers to a modernist sofa that doubles as a punching bag, read on for 7 gorgeous, green, one-of-a-kind furniture designs that are inspiring, provocative, and sure to get your friends talking at your next dinner party.
This eye-catching lamp might look like a sparkling crystalline chandelier, but it’s actually made from thousands of used coffee stirrers. Every day millions of stirrers are discarded after serving a useful life of only a few seconds – and they sit in landfills for thousands of years as they degrade. To find a better place for all this plastic waste, Portuguese design group Studio Veríssimo created this gorgeous eco-luxe chandelier that illuminates dark spaces while shedding light upon the issue of excess consumer waste.
If you had a sofa like the “Champ”, we guarantee that you could kick your couch potato habits to the curb. Created by Tobias Fraenzel for famed Italian furniture manufacturer Campeggi, this kick-ass chair lets you show your furniture who’s boss. The top cushion of this multi-tasking couch can quickly be flipped upright to engage you in a full-fledged workout, however boxing gloves are not included – sorry!
Get in touch with your inner woodsman with this elegant woodland-inspired sideboard from Iannone. This modern piece features Kirei doors made from reclaimed stalks of the sorghum plant, and it’s sure to conjur up calming thoughts of nature with its motif of a wild elk frolicking in the forest. The sideboard uses natural FSC certified birch plywood in the interior, and the teak wood veneer laminate is GREENGUARD certified, meaning it will help keep the air in your home as pure and healthy as a mountain forest.
This charming Eadie Armchair from designer Donna Wilson is sure to add a graphic pop to any room in your pad. Each piece is upholstered with an eye-catching print hand-woven from sustainable natural fibers such as horse hair and wool. Designed for SCP, the chair is available in a variety or patterns and colors to choose from.
Tetris is a cherished touchstone for anyone who pushed pixellated blocks in the 80’s and 90’s, and these uber-cool Tetris shelves by Brave Space offer the perfect place to stack your favorite photos and treasures today. Available in sets of 5 or 10, the modular shelves are reversible, interchangeable, sturdy, and can be placed in endless configurations to ensure that you never get bored with their look.
This gorgeous Cortica cork lounge by DMFD seamlessly blends luxury living with sustainable design. Each lounge is made from 100% recycled cork that originates as the waste material from the bottle stopper industry. This piece bends beautifully in two directions, and it can be rocked from side to side or on its back while still fully supporting you as you stretch out. We couldn’t imagine a cooler way to take in a good book or read the paper!
The Papervore Coffee Table is a unique centerpiece that’s sure to spark more than its fair share of dinner party conversations. Created by industrial design studio Pigeontail, the Papervore features a functioning hand-powered crank that can be used to munch up any of the day’s correspondence that’s been giving you a headache.
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