Olio United

Olio United

Jonathan B.
Sep 19, 2007

Not just another sustainable goods store, Olio United, located in Portland, Oregon, is fresh and green, with more than a few knockout items for the home along with a selection of men's and women's wear.

Along with the great selection, there's a welcome dose of humor both in the store and over at Olio's blog:

The owners of Olio United are eco-modernists. This doesn't mean that they walk around Portland in black turtlenecks, listening to french instrumental music, recycling motor oil without consent. It also doesn't mean that they like sitting on fancy, uncomfortable furniture.

There was so much fun design in the shop, but two pieces of furniture in particular caught our eye:

We're simultaneously delighted and relieved by this sideboard, constructed of intricately cut laminate layered over Kirei Board, a panel product made of agricultural waste. We're delighted because of the design, which, while figural, seems almost random at the large scale. And we're relieved that someone finally figured out that the visually rhythmic qualities of Kirei Board can be used in ways that go beyond the tabletop or simple plywood replacement. At $2800, the price is reasonable for high quality, handmade casework of innovative design.

This basic stool is made unique with prints designed by different artists. Made in Australia, it's shipped flat -- and the design is honest about that green fact. We haven't yet been able to confirm the price, so stay tuned.

While many of Olio's products are described at their blog, there's no online shopping cart yet. Rest assured that they're more than happy to take your orders and inquiries via phone and email. We think that's a refreshingly personal touch in this digital age.

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