urbanest is a Chicago favorite for green home furnishings and decor. AT:Chicago's got the full store review, complete with slideshow. But since we first covered the store, urbanest has introduced a few new pieces, including this fantastic bamboo table. We're glad to see the material being used in some new ways: this is not something that screams "Look! I'm bamboo." Rather, it's well designed, at at $899, fairly priced for a good, solid piece of furniture. We found a few other things at a range of price points in the store. Read on for the highlights. We saw lots of mango wood at urbanest. Mango wood is a greener choice for furniture because it's essentially recycled post-industrial waste from the production of mangos. Mango wood, is, of course, imported, and is relatively heavy, so truly local wood may be a lower-carbon (but usually more expensive) choice.
Polished mango wood vases look like blown glass. From $49.
A simple (and comfortable!) chair, also out of mango wood, is a reasonable $299.
The color and printing quality on this organic cotton duvet cover is hard to capture in photographs, but trust us: it's beautiful. $299, queen sizes. Check out AT:Chicago's post on urbanest for the location, or check out their website (presently being refurbished -- we're told a spiffy new site is on the way.) They're glad to answer questions over the phone, too, at (773) 271-1000.