Story at a glance:

  • Behind some of the newest, greenest modern sustainable furniture designs we love—from tables to lounge chairs to lighting.
  • Innovative design, practical usefulness, recycled materials, and lifelong conscience are just a few of the reasons we love these furnishings.

1. Word Light by Studio Word

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This table lamp was designed by Studio Word in Seoul for Dims. Courtesy of Dims.

Designed by Studio Word in Seoul for Dims., this table lamp offers warm, bright light from a sculptural fixture 3D-printed into its notable form made of corn PLA—a plastic substitute made from fermented corn starch. The fixture is ready to use straight from the box, and its classical Greek-inspired shape emits textured light that suits any space or use with a built-in brightness adjuster.

Sitting on a desk or table, the Word Light is an environmental focal piece that is both sculptural and functional. $175;

2. Flat Pack Table by Hoek Home

In just 60 seconds Hoek Home’s easily assembled, streamlined tables and stools bring a new air of modernity and efficiency to a space. The line of modern sustainable furniture is manufactured with a patented flexible joint securing system and flat pack chassis storage design so each piece can be assembled by hand in a matter of seconds. Hoek furniture gives second life to 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE, which makes up the legs and undersides of the tables, and utilizes FSC-certified plywood to construct the top of the tables. Hoek Home’s Kickstarter launched in October 2020.

3. Earth Stool by Eva Harlou

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The Earth Stool was designed by Danish architect Eva Harlou for Mater. Courtesy of Mater USA

Designed by Danish architect Eva Harlou for Mater, Earth Stool is a circular barstool made using a new waste-to-value technique that gives second life to industrial waste like plastics. A molded compound of insulin pens from Novo Nordisk, coffee bean shells from BKI coffee, and beer production waste from Carlsberg forms the seat of the stool. Mounted on steel frames, the seat becomes a piece of lasting, sleek Scandinavian design. The waste-to-value process allows for circular design thinking and beautiful solutions to the diametric opposition of creation and waste, just like Earth Stool. The stool hopes to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals of “Responsible Consumption and Production,” “Climate Action,” and “Partnership for the Goals.” £420.00 GBP; 

4. Lud’O Chair by Patricia Urquiola

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Patricia Urquiola was onspired by Ludovico Magistretti when she set out to design the Lud’O Lounge Chair. Courtesy of Patricia Urquiola

Inspired by the playful geometric forms of the late Italian designer Ludovico Magistretti, Patricia Urquiola designed the Lud’O Lounge Chair for Cappellini to embody the comfort of a down jacket. Released in June 2020, the chair has two main components—a supporting structure stripped to the essentials and a soft, easily removable “dress” upholstery that comes in color variations to suit any season or mood. The “dresses” are made of a recycled nylon sports upholstery and recycled PET material made entirely from recycled plastic and marine debris. The Lud’O chair has an air of whimsy as the “dress” perches on the chair structure. From $2,790; 

5. Sage Bench + Table by David Rockwell

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The Sage collection Bench with table was designed by David Rockwell. Courtesy of Benchmark

Benchmark’s wellness furniture is designed and built with strong ties to nature and smart, sustainable product sourcing and manufacturing processes. The Sage collection’s Bench with table, designed by David Rockwell, is a beautiful example of the brand’s clean design and welcoming, soft forms that echo the restorative powers of nature. The bench is made from sustainable and non-toxic materials, from the sustainably sourced wood to the low-VOC finish and the upholstery, where coir, latex, and sheep’s wool make up the 100% non-toxic fillings. The bench, like Benchmark’s other modern sustainable furniture, is Red List-free, so it meets the standards required for WELL certified buildings. From £3,115;

6. Pukka by Yabu Pushelberg

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Yabu Pushelberg and Ligne Roset designed the all-foam Pukka as a cozy, tactile seating solution. Courtesy of Ligne Roset

With vibrant, amoebic forms Pukka seating offers comfortable seating for families and high-end hospitality alike. Yabu Pushelberg and Ligne Roset designed the all-foam Pukka with softness of form and material to create a cozy, tactile seating solution. While the design’s interesting shapes and vibrancy are made to stand the test of time, the actual materials that make Pukka also have an extra long life: Ligne Roset recycles 56% of its production waste and uses a complex ventilation system to burn wood scraps for heat in the winter. From $795;