The Qu’bequoise CNI Furniture company has designed an overwhelmingly large collection of environmentally-friendly interiors. They utilize exotic vegetable fibers and cruelty-free upholsteries to create elegant, contemporary furnishings and lighting. The Alto chair, shown here, is made of hand-woven raffia or abaca, with a nickel-finished chrome base and animal-free ultrasuede cushion. This chair definitely looks akin to the my-first-apartment Ikea chair, but with a weight and texture that gives it an organic, unique character. You can view the 100+ pieces of the CNI collection at their (somewhat rudimentary) website, and detailed info is available upon request. It’s always nice to stumble across a company whose ecological standards and design sensibilities are equally matched.

link: CNI Furniture

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  1. apeksha June 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    does anyone have more/recent info on this company? sale dates and locations? catalogue info?

  2. Dana September 30, 2006 at 12:55 am

    Unfortunately, there is no way to get into the cni furniture website without a password!

  3. Sarah September 16, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the error, Martine! Has been corrected.

  4. Martine September 16, 2005 at 1:19 pm

    It’s a nice surprise to find a local qu?b?cois furniture designer on Inhabitat! I live a few kilometres away from CNI’s wherehouse and they have fantastic sales twice a year which are open to customers (vs only to designers). I bought a nice chair and all my coffee tables there for a ridiculous price.

    The address you published for them is wrong (you left out the “m” at the end). The correct address is:

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