Given our recent conversations on expensive furniture, it was great to see this post from Lloyd at TreeHugger on how an Eames Lounge Chair—that iconic and, yes, expensive, piece of furniture— is built. (He even references our view on this in the last slide! Look for it.) Lloyd visited the Davidson Plyforms factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the lounge chair is manufactured. The slideshow is a very interesting look at what goes into making this chair, and why 90% of the chairs made today will still be in use 50 years from now.
When the chair was first constructed in the 1950's, it was made with rosewood. But as Lloyd writes, that all changed a few years ago:
The chair was most beautiful in rosewood, but Herman Miller could not find sustainably harvested wood and discontinued it. However they are now using Santos Palisander from Brazil and Bolivia, which is very close to rosewood and considered to be sustainable. It certainly is gorgeous.
He goes on to assert that the chair is definitely green because:
It is one of the most beautiful, comfortable and enduring designs in the world. Herman Miller says that it is made with zero carbon footprint, using green energy, sustainably harvested woods, zero process water use, zero VOC emissions, zero hazardous waste emissions, with zero landfill.
(Image: Lloyd Alter)