Eco-Modernism. Go Bold.

Modern Decor

Avant-garde Eco-Fashion.Recyle.Reuse.Redesign
Eco-Modernism: sustainable fashion in design + decor.

[Lifestyle photo from  Sci Fashion. Discarded Ethernet Cables Become Recycled Fashion in Colombia. Environmentalists worry about piles of non-recyclable e-waste, or discarded high-tech equipment. And somehow that's led to an explosion of Ethernet cable fashion, as you can see in this recent fashion show in Medellin, Colombia.]

RD4 Chair LE. Designed by Richard G. Liddle, 2007 from Cohda, London, UK

For the love of modern furniture + wares, combined with a feel-good-green sensibility, comes the Eco-Modernism Lifestyle. As we become
true nesters and build our sanctuary of good living, it’s a good idea
to give back + take less. Thank goodness we can turn to the creative,
risk-taking, and innovative designers in decor fashion to bring us cutting edge designs made with sustainable + organic materials. Not only do they seek out alternative sources such as, FSC certified woods and recycled fabrics, they find creative ways to upcycle* things like Ethernet cables, automotive seat-belts and 100% recycled plastic waste.


Greenbelt Tandem ~ designed by Peter Danko. [*green info: the belting is not only comfortable and a recycled material, it is an alternative for the environmentally problematic urethane foam seat suspension.]


Barcelona Bench1
One of my favorite designers of Eco-Modern is Peter Danko who takes
upcycling* to the next level and creates clean lined modern frames for
the true green urban dweller. Check out Peter's cool modern wares,
including  my favorites made with post-industrial automotive
seat-belts, which are available in various industrial colors. [the goods: above, Stewardship Bench by Peter Danko. *green info: European beech sustainably sourced from FSC certified forests].

Arborline Tandem

“You are about to witness a quantum jump even in design and the
decorative arts of a magnitude not seen since the advent of the Bauhaus
movement in the 1920’s. The event is the birth of Eco-Modernism, a
design style embracing the marriage of sustainability with industrial
production.” – Peter Danko

What makes Peter Danko True Green?
"The furniture we design is largely Ply-bent, a relatively new medium whose aesthetics have been explored by a mere handful of designers. We are developing a new vocabulary of shapes, forms and techniques using lamination layers as decorative elements.  Ply-bent furniture is the perfect sustainable material because veneer yields 8-10 times more usable wood from a log than solid lumber. Our furniture is made using non-toxic water based adhesives, and we use recycled materials for seat suspension and padding." ~ Peter Danko


A few other urban cool designers of the Eco-Modernism lifestyle are half-brothers Ryan Schultz and Travis Nagel who founded Viesso ~ a designer driven custom house of modern wares which allows you to make the conscious chose to "choose" green materials to create sustainable upholstery pieces. Eco-Modern choices include: locally sourced SFI Alder frames, FSC Certified Maple, Natural Latex, Recycled or Natural Fibers, Water based Glue + Stains. To learn more about the amazing founders  and designers, and their Road To Green, visit the boys at www.viesso.com.

What makes Viesso True Green?
"We didn't start the company fully green. Our father is an energy specialist, so we grew up living a pretty green lifestyle. Both our parents were using solar panels over 25 years ago. They are happy that the revolution is finally taking place. Quickly after we began this company, we realized that we could offer green options. As we work with different companies, we see that they're all moving in that direction, so we almost don't even have a choice now." ~ Ryan Schultz

"Design hounds who dig Eco-chic will want to do a victory dance. Filling a much-needed niche, Viesso's enterprising half-brothers Ryan Schultz and Travis Nagel have made their Internet-based modern furniture company a fabulous high-five between sexy designs and sustainable manufacturing." ~ James Servin. [the goods: modern minimal
sofa by Viesso].


 [the goods: bold red by Viesso].

The Road To Green.
It doesn't have to be all or nothing. It's about balance. And although everyone wants to get into the green movement, the green road is not as easy as it looks. True innovation + change comes with time and commitment. Consumers need to understand the "shades of green" in terms of sustainability and need to make informed choices in how to purchase home interior goods and when you do make that choice ~ it feels good to be green.

[Green notes: What
is Upcycle* ~ A term coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart.
The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into
something of similar or greater value, in its second life. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
is an international organization that brings people together to find
solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world's forests.]

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  1. SIDD

    Apr 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Some really good initiatives here, and some cogent points. True responsibility is not about appearances or following fads, it is about consistent thoughtful action.
    We’ve run into a lot of challenges in making sure our own company meets the ecological standards we’ve set for ourselves. It’s not an easy road, but it’s also not as hard as some might think.
    In the end, it’s absolutely worthwhile.

  2. Crystal

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful stuff. I love reading your blog each week. I am a big fan.

  3. Jim

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Really inspiring stuff! Lately it seems designers have begun to embrace sustainable design concepts rather than hurdle them – It is work like this that sends out a message to the design community and echoes our need for change.
    Ross Gardam has also done some fantastic peices http://www.indesignlive.com/articles/tv/tyred-take-a-seat
    This is a sign that sustainability is becoming more than just a footnote in design.

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