Kara Cox -- Home Accents Today, 8/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOAN BALDWIN
Contemporary design takes a turn toward the environment with eco-friendly design and a strong dose of nature-inspired pieces. Renewable resources from bamboo to recycled teak and even bedding woven from flax fuse modern concepts with natural materials. A neutral color palette is enhanced with touches of earthy green and blue inspired by grass and sky. Handmade pottery and rough-hewn wood keep the look organic and native with little added embellishment for a raw, modern mix.
|The Sarangetti buffet by Peter Casablanca fuses mod with eco using clean geometric shapes created in natural polished bamboo and wood ($1,580). eLink 508|
|Company C's Carnaby Swirl rug in cilantro creates a spirited pattern in a modern take on pointillism with 100% tufted wool construction ($895, 6×9). eLink 505|
|Roberta Schilling Collection highlights environmentally friendly accessories including wooden cachepots made from polished recycled solid wood. eLink 504|
|Emily Pearlman Pottery's mix and match handmade stoneware has an organic feel with hand-shaped pieces and earthy colors of sea green, toast and black ($169 per place setting). eLink 502|
|Elms I and II from Art Evolution use graphic imagery of silhouetted trees to relate nature in a modern format with a double mat and dark wood frame ($370 each). eLink 506|
|The Brighton Bedding Collection from SDH is woven in crisp, clean stripes revived by the texture of woven flax fibers in a current camel color palette ($715 to $770, queen duvet cover). eLink 500|
|The Eco Home Collection by Artisans showcases a sleek table lamp offering eco benefits from post-consumer recycled steel to a natural hemp fiber lampshade ($450). eLink 501|
|Zodax creates eclectic patterning in cut-out metal candleholders with a contemporary presence. eLink 503|
|The Mendocino dining chair by Four Hands is made from recycled teak and showcases a hand-rubbed finish for a refined yet rustic feel ($325). eLink 507|
All prices are suggested retail
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