We’ve featured MIO‘s clever sustainably-crafted furniture, lighting, housewares, and clothing on Inhabitat before, so we’re thrilled to announce that the company just launched a creatively-outfitted retail store in Philadelphia that displays all of their eco wares in a gallery-style setting. Founded in 2001 by brothers Jamie and Issac Salm, MIO is a two-tiered green business that offers product development consulting services for clients like Target and Anthropologie, while using the same philosophy of sustainable design to produce their own line of products. In the new retail space you will find products with trendy graphic flare, such as their pixelated houndstooth trivet made from cork and other products that exemplify MIO’s approach to closed loop manufacturing and green materials sourcing, like their wool Softbowls.
MIO product are always available for web purchase, but their new brick and mortar shop offers the opportunity to touch and feel the goods up close while taking advantage of the extensive eco product knowledge the staff has to offer. Each product has an “Eco Stats” scorecard that explains a range of attributes — from the use of renewable materials to recyclability and biodegradability. For example, MIO’s hanging Bendant Lamp has recycled content, is recyclable, is locally sourced, has a low-VOC environmentally preferable finish, and has efficient flat-pack packaging.
The store is also an exercise in eco interior design. Conceived entirely by the co-founders, the space’s walls show off MIO’s textural Paperforms. These three-dimensional recycled paperboard tiles create a perfect backdrop to offset the otherwise minimalist decorative space. Custom plywood merchandising fixtures showcase skilled craftsmanship with an urban influence resembling skateboard ramps. In addition to the ziz-zagging angular fixtures, hanging bikes with springy baskets and floor to ceiling tree-like Nomad wall screens help introduce visitors to MIO’s fun and sustainable products. You can find this flagship store at 446 North 12th Street in downtown Philadelphia.