Greenington, Exploring Fine Bamboo Furniture 0
A Green Story
Reclaim Decor is proud to share the story of one of our favorite vendors, Greenington. Greenington’s president and founder was manufacturing high quality bamboo products for over twenty years before he entered the business of creating his own line of high quality solid bamboo furniture in 2004. Based out of Kent, Greenington has pushed themselves to design new and innovative products and bring them to its customers.
What Makes Greenington Green?
Greenington works exclusively with Moso Bamboo. Moso Bamboo also known as Turtle-Shell Bamboo is a type of giant bamboo used as timber. In 5-7 years Moso grows to a harvestable age. Once mature it changes from a carbon sink, a plant which takes Carbon dioxide(CO2) from the atmosphere via photosynthesis, to a carbon source, it starts respirating, producing CO2. Once Mature bamboo is harvested new shoots form removing CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows to maturity making it one of the world's most eco-friendly, rapidly renewable resources.
Greenington does not use clear cutting, each bamboo culm used in the production of Greenington products is individually selected by the local farmer and harvested by hand. This preserves the eco-system of the native bamboo forest, and leaves the bamboo root system intact, from which new bamboo shoots will emerge and grow the following year.
Greenington utilizes the entire bamboo culm in the manufacturing process, wasting nothing. 100% of the bamboo material is used, including the sawdust, which is used for generating steam for the dry kiln room and press machine.
Above: Slated Moso Bamboo
How do they do it?
Greenington is dedicated to make the highest quality products. They use soft-close guides on every drawer and their products are made exclusively with bamboo, No MDF, Veneer, or filler wood will be found in any of their pieces. Greenington products use materials that release very little Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and are well below US, European and California VOC standards. Greenington provides 2 different materials made from bamboo for all their furniture, Classical & Exotic Bamboo.
Classical Bamboo is solid strips of bamboo culm. These are milled to size and steamed to produce the Caramelized color unique to bamboo. After steaming the strips are laminated into solid bamboo plys & cross plys resulting in a material that is 20% harder than Red Oak. Bamboo plys are then assembled into furniture. Each piece is finished in Black Walnut, Mocha or Sable coloring or left in its natural beauty. A final nitrocellulose finish is applied which maintains the finish and coloring throughout each piece’s lifetime.
The exotic material is produced from finer strands of bamboo fiber left over from the production of the Classical ply. These fibers are interwoven and soaked in an adhesive material inside a 4-story hydraulic press, they are then compressed into super dense panels. These panels have a rich color resulting from from the compression and heat of production. The increased density of each panel makes them heavy and 100% harder than red oak.
Commitments to a Greener Future
Greenington has made a commitment to the environment not only by using an extremely eco-friendly material and is also a member of the Sustainable Furniture Council(SFC). Each member of the SFC is committed to minimizing carbon emissions, eliminating stream pollutants, using sustainable and recyclable materials in each of their products.
Greenington is also an ISO14001 Company. It adheres to requirements focused on environmental responsibility in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.
Typical lead times for Greenington products are 5-7 Buisness days. If an item is out of stock lead times may be as long as 6 weeks.
Yes, every Greenington profuct is made of 100% bamboo. There is no filler, fiberboard, MDF or other materials. The exception to this rule is the fabric and foam in some of the products like the Mercury Bed or Laurel Chairs.
Greenington Furniture is made where the bamboo is harvested, in China. It's factory there is a certified ISO 9001 Quality Management company as well as a ISO14001 Environment Management Company.
For periodic cleaning use a soft cloth and a gentle cleaner designed for wood furniture.
Avoid cleaners that contain abrasive materials, oil, acidic or caustic ingredients or any other harsh chemicals.
- Leland Miller
Gus* makes modern furniture simple. 0
Reclaim Decor is proud to tell you about one of our newest additions. Gus* Modern is a Toronto-based company who designs and manufactures furniture that has a quick lead time, fantastic constuction, and great style!
A Little History
In 2005 Gus* broke away from traditional furniture manufacturing, which typically had longer lead times. They decided they would break the mold and offer a variety of furniture that was in stock and ready to ship.
Considered 'Soft Modern', building off Mid-Century Modern & Minimalist aesthetics Gus* prides itself on innovation, originality, functionality and simplicity.
Gus* designs, manufactures, and distributes all of its furniture. They make sure each piece is created from expert workmanship, quality materials insuring that each piece is fantastic inside and out.
Gus* is Committed to Making Modern Furniture Eco-Friendly.
Gus* is a certified by the Forestry Steward Council (FSC)©. They manufacture many of their products with 100% FSC© Certified hardwood. They do this in support of responsibly managed forests and forestry. The FSC© makes a commitment of verified 'cradle to the consumer' responsibly sourced wood products.
One of the innovations that Gus* has implemented is a revolutionary new upholstery fill material in select sofa designs. PET fill is a clean, ultra-soft, hypoallergenic, vegan, long-strand fiber material that offers the comfort and feel of traditional waterfowl down. This is achieved through a process that benefits the environment by diverting plastic bottles away from landfills. The bottles are purified and refined in several stages to create a synthetic-down upholstery fill that gives long-lasting comfort while maintaining cushion loft and shape.
Gus* is contributing member of the Sustainable Furniture Council(SFC). Sustainable Furniture Council(SFC). Each member of the SFC is committed to minimizing carbon emissions, eliminating stream pollutants, using sustainable and recyclable materials in each of their products.
Frequently Asked Questions
All Gus* upholstery is warranted against defects in material and workmanship. The warranty applies to standard household use and is warranted under normal care and maintenance from the date of purchase.
Frames & Springs: Limited 10 year Warranty
The integrity of the sofa frame will remain intact over time providing it is used appropriately. Sitting on the back or arms, jumping on the sofa, or rough handling/play on the sofa is not recommended. Do not drag your sofa over rough surfaces. If a sofa needs to be moved, it must be lifted; as pushing or dragging a sofa, even on smooth surfaces, may cause the seams unnecessary stress.
Cushions & Foam: Limited 1 year Warranty
During the first few months, the foam padding of your sofa will become softer. This process is normal, and it should be expected that there will be a slight softening effect as the polyurethane adjusts to regular use. This is not to be confused with a loss of foam resiliency.
Fabric Upholstery: Limited 1 year Warranty
For the care and maintenance of Gus* fabrics and leather please refer to the details outlined in the Care and Maintenance guide. This warranty does not cover damage due to improper cleaning and care of upholstery coverings or by the use or misuse of any recommended cleaning methods. As sun is a natural bleaching agent it is strongly advised that you keep your Gus* upholstery away from direct sunlight as it will weaken and discolor the covering over time. Heat will also damage the coverings and it is important to position the sofa at least 2 feet away from any sources of heat such as radiators and heaters. (Note: fabrics are inherently stain resistant due to content and weave. ScotchGard is not recommended.)
Leather Upholstery: Limited 5 year Warranty
For the care and maintenance of our Gus* leather please refer to the details outlined in the Care and Maintenance guide. This warranty does not cover damage due to improper cleaning and care of upholstery coverings or by the use or misuse of any recommended cleaning methods. As sun is a natural bleaching agent it is strongly advised that you keep your Gus* upholstery away from direct sunlight as it will weaken and discolor the covering over time. Heat will also damage the coverings and it is important to position the sofa at least 2 feet away from any sources of heat such as radiators and heaters.
Case Goods & Dining: Limited 1 year Warranty
Scratches, dents, and other damage that may occur over time: not covered. Damage due to manufacturing defects or shipping mishaps: covered. It's safe to assume that leaning back in your chair on its two rear legs isn't normal use. Remember what your Mom told you!
Bed Frames & Mechanisms: Limited 1 year Warranty
Bring the party - just don't jump on the bed. You may find that a slight loosening occurs during the first month or so of use. This is normal for a self-assembled bed; simply tighten the screws/bolts and you're good to go.
Typical Lead times of items that are instock are about 3-4 weeks. It may arrive sooner, please contact the store for more exact time tables.
We have all of Gus*'s fabrics at our store for viewing and to take home.
- Leland Miller
Maker Spotlight: Luonto 0
Luonto specializes in minimalist Scandinavian design, from easy-to-use sofa sleepers to modular sofas that maximize use in limited spaces. Luonto first began producing sofas in 1964 in Kurikka, Finland. True to Scandinavian design Luonto offers a broad range of choice that bridges functionality with sleek lines of a modern esthetic. We like to think their sleeper sofas are sleepers without the bulkiness of a typical sofa sleeper. Each sleeper has enough storage for a mattress pad, sheets, a duvet, and a few other things, maximizing usability without sacrificing style. They also offer modular arena chairs, perfect for apartment living, easy to move, easy to rearrange.
Aptly named ‘Nature’ in Finnish is one the most forward thinking sofa manufacturers we carry. From cradle to the gate they make conscience decisions from design, sourcing of materials, to the long-term impact of the furniture on the environment of homes and the world.
Each frame is made of solid Nordic spruce were all excess wood not used is recycled into pellets, generating about three thousand pounds of pelletized fuel each day. This is used to heat their factory, local apartments, and even a school. The water based glue used as well as the fire-retardant-free cold cure foams are sourced from inside the European Union. The way the materials are produced minimizes off-gassing during the life of the furniture. Most materials are sourced within the European Union, decreasing the amount of fuel needed to get to Luonto’s factory. Nordic spruce is a major export of Finland, and since 1928 the government realized it needed to be cultivated and harvested sustainably. 99% of all of the fabrics and leathers offered by Luonto are produced in the EU. At each stage of production, workers sign their work on the bottom of the frame. Less than 2% of all pieces fall short of in house quality control before being shipped for delivery.
Luonto is all about recycling and using as much of all materials as efficiently as possible. All non-patterned fabrics are laser cut for maximum use, the scraps are sent to local felt producer to be recycled. The felts produced are then purchased to be used in frames. Foams are cold cured and made to specifically for each frame, any excess foam is recycled and used for padding on low wear areas. Jute strapping, auxiliary fabric, and linen felts are all grown from natural products. Dacron used is produced by a North European recycler who recycles about 4.5 million plastic bottles per day. The Dacron is a PET product that protects the foam from the upholstery. No chipwood is ever used in a Luonto frame, all wood is kiln dried in-house to make sure the moisture content is perfect for producing a long-lasting frame.
You can find most of there products here online, for a full catalogue please come into the store.
There are two categories of lead times for Luonto products.
- Instock items come with one or two fabrics and come in only a few types of frames. Lead Times are about 2-3 weeks.
- Custom ordered items have access to a full range of choice for each frame, access to 150 different fabrics, different choice of legs, and different firmness of cushions. The lead time also increases to around 12 weeks.
Yes, Lounto offers custom options in different sized frame (Sofa, Apartment Sofa, Loveseat etc.), 150 different fabrics and Leathers, foam firmness, and a variety of leg options. If you have your own fabric you would like to you use, Luonto would be happy to put it on a sofa for you.
- Leland Miller
Reclaim Decor Blog: October 2016, Time Flies! 0
If you haven’t heard we’ve moved! We’re now at 2123 1st Ave in Belltown!
We knocked down a few walls and connected the spaces that Gary Manuel’s Training Salon and Buffalo Deli. You can now find a wide variety of locally made accessories as well as, three levels of our hand selected furniture.
We’ve moved for a variety of reasons but one that weighed the most was the amount of construction projected for Alaskan Way and Western Ave. With Bertha still tunneling, the Alaskan Way viaduct expected to come down after she completes her run followed by Waterfront Park renovations shortly after, we decided to move to away from the noise and disturbance associated with the construction.
Top: Picture is the total area expected to go under renovations before and after the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
With our move we departed from consignment.
Thank you so much if you bought or sold consignment pieces through us, we had a blast. If you’re looking for another consignment store, please call us, we would be more than happy to help you find one that will fit your needs.
With our departure from the consignment model, we have time to fully focus on what is near and dear in our hearts, the world and those who live in it. We are now proud to represent furniture from manufacturers whose goals align with our own. Providing us with the best made products from happy, well-compensated artisans creating products from environmentally minded materials and processes. Whether it’s a coffee table made from reclaimed teak or a sofa created using recycled foams and plastics, our goal is to provide the greater Seattle area with furniture that will last a lifetime without an impact to our planet.
What you can expect from this blog in the coming months.
- The First of every month will focus on our store. New products that have come in, what events you can expect during that month, who our featured artist is, etc.
- Another will focus on a design trend or style where and explore its history and best practices.
- The final post of each month will focus on a manufacturer, a technical aspect of decorating your home, or a specific type of product.
- Blog Sale, every blog post will have a special coupon code with every post usable at our brick and mortar store or online. This months code: 'Time Flies!' 15% off all our dining furniture no matter the manufacturer.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and business. We would also like to thank our new neighbors in Belltown. Sassafras, Flor, Sell Your Sole, Belltown Community Center, and all those working at Gary Manuel’s Salon, Thank you for an amazing welcome, we very much appreciate it!
Until next time.
- Leland Miller