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Keys To Sustainable Sourcing

Leading designers find a rich resource for environmentally friendly products in High Point

"The energy of a space has the power to relax, soothe, excite, and exhilarate," said New York-based designer Laurence Carr. "These reactions contribute to a sense of health and wellbeing. But energy, aesthetics, and comfort lack meaning without a conscience. Discovering and introducing clients to companies that share their values is good business and supports stewardship of our planet."

Finding those values-oriented companies, however, can be a challenge. "It can be confusing and intimidating to refocus your business on sustainable design,” said Nancy Fire, co-founder of Design Works International and Studio NYC Design. “I’m here to educate and elevate,” she said, “I hope to guide others through their transformation."

For those wishing to move toward sustainability, Fire recommends Currey & Company, Kenneth Cobonpue, Mainly Baskets Home, Phillips Collection, and etúHOME for their use of recycled, reclaimed, and renewable materials.

Currey & Company

Currey & Company

Currey & Company

Mainly Baskets Home

etúHOME

Phillips Collection

Kenneth Cobonpue

Kaleen Rugs gets the nod from Fire for their Green Energy certified manufacturing facilities, and Sustainable Furnishings Council Gold member Libeco, Inc. for being carbon neutral since 2015.

Kaleen Rugs

Libeco, Inc

"If you can't find a source for a sustainable product, design it yourself," Fire advises. Her Studio NYC Design licensed collection of wall art, produced in collaboration with Prestige Arts is printed on recycled cardboard and framed in non-formaldehyde MDF board.

Prestige Arts

Prestige Arts

Prestige Arts

When seeking eco-friendly vendors, "Membership in the Sustainable Furniture Council is a good indication of whether a company is doing their part,” said Carr. And when working with any potential supplier, “Don't be afraid to ask questions like 'What is it made of?', 'How is it made?', and 'Where is it made?'.

Currey & Company, Libeco, Inc., and Phillips Collection have withstood Carr’s scrutiny as well as Fire’s. Carr also likes Cisco Home, for their use of FSC-certified wood and water-based glues, as well as their upcycling of waste into new products.

Cisco

Cisco

Cisco

For small-batch, handmade products, traditional design, and sustainable production practices, Carr recommends Mill Collective.

Mill Collective

Mill Collective

Mill Collective

For Jennifer Levy, principal of the New York based firm CAVdesign Interiors, "Connectivity is part of the equation. The pandemic and subsequent supply chain issues make it clear how globally connected we all are. No matter where they are located, my advice is to find companies that truly care about their employees. Determine if they take responsibility for the working environment, ensure that their employees have dignity in their work, and earn a living wage.”

The companies you want to work with “are often certified as B Corporations,” she said. “Businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Home furnishings companies that aspire to this designation have a competitive advantage."

Levy agrees that Cisco Home and Currey & Company are good choices when looking for sustainable vendors. She also cites Sustainable Furnishings Council member Jaipur Living for maintaining multiple programs to support financial freedom and education for people with limited opportunities, as well as their use of natural, renewable fibers.

Jaipur Living

Jaipur Living

Jaipur Living

Kravet is a SFC member whose made in USA products Levy recommends. And she also likes the USA-based artisans of Lucky Fish Gallery.

Kravet

Lucky Fish Gallery

Lucky Fish Gallery

Family-owned Palecek gets Levy’s nod for their efforts to be environmentally and socially responsible.

Palecek

Palecek

Palecek

North Carolina-based Vanguard Furniture , also an SFC member, recycles all of their fabric and wood waste, as well as 24,000 pounds of plastic each year.

Vanguard Furniture

Vanguard Furniture

“In sourcing sustainable products,” said Carr, “you want to analyze the life cycle of your selections. Move away from cradle-to-grave design, where a product is made of raw materials, serves its purpose, and ends up in the landfill. Move toward cradle-to-cradle products that are designed for regeneration. They are made from recyclable materials. The energy used to make them is renewable. The materials are safe. And when they reach the end of their useful lives, they can be recycled into new products."

"There are so many online resources for learning about sustainability," said Carr, "But High Point Market is absolutely the best place to meet leaders who are making a difference. Do your research to determine which companies are introducing environmentally friendly products and visit their showrooms. Review the list of educational events and attend the presentations and panel discussions featuring advocates of circularity. Challenge yourself to be the author of your own sustainable story!’”

Sustainability Stories Virtual Tour

Carr, Fire, and Levy all designed sustainability-focused rooms using resources from High Point Market exhibitors. View their designs in this interactive virtual tour of the recent program.