The Las Vegas Market is one of many mammoth shows that take place each year around the country, showing home furnishings of all conceivable varieties. Shortly after their inception in 2006, the Las Vegas Market started a program they titled "One Good World," which highlights companies who work in sustainable ways. Through partnership with the Sustainable Furnishing Council, who check out the green credentials of all One Good World applicants, the Market is able to bring attention to companies — many of them younger and smaller than industry behemoths — who are working to bring eco-furnishings to the fore.
The Phillips Collection is a North Carolina-based family-run company who makes impressive use of salvaged materials and sustainably-sourced wood. Their one-of-a-kind pieces make features of imperfections and elegant use of surprising materials, such as a not-quite-jade buddha head formed from crushed recycled glass, chairs made from seatbelts, a bench crafted from wooden wheels and screens made from oil drum rings.
The Phillips Collection’s Origins Series includes these dramatic teak consoles. The company sources the teak from Thailand, where stumps and root systems of long ago illegally logged trees often need to be cleared to regrow the land. Pulled from depths of as much as 15 feet, the Phillips family purchases these root systems (paying local workers at a price that reflects the design furniture industry, not the lot clearing one), and crafts them into thoroughly unique, deeply textured conversation pieces.
This old-world study meets steam punk office set from Four Hands is crafted from an airplane wing. The aluminum forms an irregular and ever so slightly wing-shaped desk with smooth, heavy edges and prominent seams that highlight the metal’s former function.
Much of Four Hands furniture is crafted from reclaimed, FSC-certified teak, elm and mango, as well as sustainably sourced South American Hardwoods. The holes in this console show off the wood’s previous life supporting cables for Brazilian telecom infrastructure. The steel base is similarly reclaimed.
Chris Bruning’s GroovyStuff has largely been known for their reclaimed wood furniture, but at the Las Vegas Market they debuted an expanded collection of pieces made from salvaged oil drums. While far from alone in their use of this particular item, the bright hues and strong lines make for a playful collection that encompasses not only lamps, but also accent stools and tables.
Palecek features a wide range of furniture and accent pieces made from salvaged and recycled materials, including these highly unusual accent tables crafted with petrified wood sourced from riverbeds and cleared from farmland in the Philippines. Among their other unusual material choices include the use of dried leaves for a table top and coconut for this lamp base.
Adesso feature a wide range of sleek, modern LED lamps, including these incredibly cute, strange and slightly retro Alien lamps. With two directional lamps on bendy arms and a base of cartoonish feet, they provide pretty cool desk and table lighting for kids and adults alike.
Among the Pangaea Collections items at the Las Vegas Market were their own take on recycled oil drum furniture. This table proudly shows its origins in a way that allows for a prominent statement within any room, while other items in the collection are more discreet about their origins. Soft hued mirrors and tables also utilize the drums, while rusted and carefully cut and textured lids form illuminated wall art.
Legare’s no-tools flat-pack furniture is practical, elegant, and when made from bamboo boasts some eco-friendly creds. The Moso bamboo is finished in a non-toxic kiln process, in which the kilns themselves are fired with the waste material from bamboo plywood construction. The sizable modular collection can form bookcases, smoothly curved home office arrangements, media centers and more—without the frustration or the wasted time and materials of many other home assembly furniture items.
Greenington’s elegant furniture collection is crafted almost entirely from bamboo, into sleek, modern pieces which highlight the grain of the material. Made from sustainably harvested mature Moso Bamboo, even the pieces that are most delicate in appearance are sturdier than wooden counterparts.
Copper Instinct’s large, sturdy and rustic furniture pieces are crafted entirely from recycled copper and salvaged wood. Made in Mexico, the wood is largely sourced from deconstructed buildings, while the copper is melted down and repurposed as hammered table tops with a deep texture that makes proud and attractive use of the variations and imperfections of the old metal.
Europe 2 You’s collection of reclaimed, repurposed and recycled home accents includes plate covers made from antique bottles and lamps shades crafted from repurposed glass that mimic the form of their antique counterparts. Their collection also include lamps with bases of recycled glass and shades made from old grain sacks.
San Francisco-based Selamat came into the world of salvaged furniture design when the company’s original owner, Vera Brown, was tasked by a supplier in Indonesia to make use of the factory’s post-industrial waste in her line of small home accent pieces. The new owners have continued that tradition, while also making use of other sustainable materials such as rattan.
Bio-Blaze is European first who make contemporary home fireplaces entirely fueled with bio-ethanol, thus removing the presence of toxins and soot for the cozy experience of sitting by a warm, glowing fire.