Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Products Make the Most of Upcycled Materials

The selection includes an Icelandic table built from wool textile board and ceramic sconces made of industrial “red mud” waste.
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Materials matter. This ensemble represents innovative ways of processing and repurposing the stuff that things are made of. Check out our selections below.

Upcycled Side Table by Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson for Fólk Reykjavik

Icelandic designer Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson’s side table for Fólk is composed of geometric forms made of upcycled wool textile boards, recycled steel, and FSC-certified ash wood. It comes flat packed and can be assembled in just five minutes.

Studio ThusThat, a group of four designers from the Royal College of Art in London, has safely turned "red mud"—an industrial waste from producing aluminum—into a collection of ceramic cups, bowls, and vessels that resemble terra-cotta.

Fabrics meant to stand up to weather are often made of harmful materials, but designer Karina Nielsen Rios spent three years developing the highly durable and sustainable Trevira CS yarn for Patio, Kvadrat’s collection of outdoor textiles. Available in an array of colors, these eco-friendly fabrics are water-repellent, fast-drying, and fluorocarbon-free.

Stickbulb, the New York City brand with the straightforward name, is known for sourcing much of its material from demolished buildings and decommissioned water towers. This minimalist
collection pairs lean wood channels with LED lights.


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