Eco-friendly home furnishings
Forma Living's mission is to support sustainable living through the redesign of the every day objects that make up our lives. A commitment to use salvaged pieces whenever possible and to take back any of their products once their useful life with a customer has ended.
Michelle Plante is an interior designer with an eye for eco-friendly furnishings. In addition to her design firm, Michelle has an online shop offering a small but lovely collection of products that are sustainably crafted. It all contributes to her goal "to promote healthy, adventurous, and soulful living."
While the selection at the Forma Living web shop is fairly limited, it is a well curated collection of sustainable goods that hit most of the major categories. Lighting, tableware, furniture and soft goods are on offer. These are a few of my favorites:
• Recycled Redwood & Teak Pedestals – Thai carpenters construct these pieces of unfinished teak and an oiled hardwood they call "red wood," both recovered from abandoned buildings. Starting at $215
• Constellation Pendant Lamps – Globes of zinc-plated iron are hand-drilled to create stellar shades. $121
• Recycled Glass Bubble Terrarium &ndahs; Each piece is blown without a mold, creating glass bubbles that are then flattened and curved into shape. $121
• Driftwood Candelabra – Select pieces of driftwood are collected and repurposed into this dramatic candelabra. $249
• Rustic Metal Stools – Made of rustic galvanized metal, these stools are stackable and recyclable. $53
• Recycled Juice Glasses – These colorful Moroccan juice glasses are crafted from hand-blown recycled glass. Starting at $34
• Rehabilitated Dishware – Funky dinner plates with their bold colors and hip graphics are made from dishware finds from garage sales and thrift stores which have been cleaned up, glazed, and re-fired to create a beautiful layering of old and new. $60
• Grain Sack Rug – Woven jute and burlap grain sack rug. $45
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