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Jan. 2, 2008
Affordable, Stylish and Green
Our office is up and running after being closed down for the last week or so. There's nothing like returning to work after a week off celebrating the holidays. While I stuck around San Francisco, some of us decided to ship off and explore the great-wide Dean, our PR Guy, who went ALL the way down to the Southern California. Inspired by the shopping trip that ensued during his time off, Dean shares his words of wisdom on creating a sustainably-themed living room.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Ever try to find sustainably-made furniture? My wife and I have—unsuccessfully, for the past 2 years. It seems like the choices are Ikea or green designers with sofas priced just slightly less than a year at Sarah Lawrence.

But during the recent holiday break on our annual visit to my in-laws in LA, we took a short sidetrip to Viesso, a Santa Monica-based maker of green, custom furniture that's hip, modern and amazingly affordable. I'd seen their website, but wanted to plant my epidermis on some of their sofas, chairs and beds to test them out. What a treat!

Viesso's furniture is stylish and comfy, filled with natural organic latex or natural down and feathers. They also offer green fabrics made from recycled materials or natural fibers. Frames are made of FSC certified alder or maple, legs and springs of recycled steel, and everything is held together with water-based glue and stains.

The final surprise for us about Viesso: the founders of this young company are two outdoor-loving brothers and a friend who like Clif Bar. I swear I didn't know it until we were getting ready to go to Viesso's showroom and poked around their website for the address. The "Green" tab on their homepage leads you to "Other Green Resources." There they list Clif Bar, noting that we are "Built on the idea of Green lifestyle."

It's safe to say my wife and I have found an answer to our sustainable furniture needs.

P.S. Sure, buying used furniture is another eco-friendly solution. And Viesso knows this too. Their site recommends selling or giving their furniture to another consumer if it's time to get rid of it. The company also says it's creating a program that will enable customers to return Viesso products for complete recycling at no charge.
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