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Lola swivel chair in turquoise wool

The Lola swivel chair covered with “Jetsons-style” retro wool upholstery fabric

When asked what inspired us to consider manufacturing our own line of organic furniture, my response ranges from “a desire to create beautiful heirloom-quality furniture” to “love of a design challenge” and everything in between… but the answer ultimately rests on the subject of indoor air quality.

When I first heard about people who have chemical sensitivities, I thought about my own experience, which began with a job I took as a teenager brushing a urethane-based sealer onto every wood surface of a 3-story log home. The job took me about a month to complete, and I remember being utterly permeated during that period with what I now know were very nasty volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gassing from the sealer.

My inexperience with such things precluded me from wearing a protective mask, and I am convinced that exposure has had lasting health effects on me, in the form of elevated sensitivity to indoor air pollutants. Although I don’t exhibit the acute symptoms that some individuals experience, the motivation was in place to find alternatives to the materials I was working with in conventional upholstery that can cause these symptoms.

The Lola swivel chair was reproduced from a vintage chair circa 1940’s, the upholstery includes organic cotton batting, natural jute burlap & webbing and a custom manufactured spring system for maximum support and comfort. The base is FSC certified solid maple, finished with pure tung oil (no petroleum distillates) and beeswax.

Although the Living Home Furniture line is no longer in production, we continue to offer organic alternatives in our custom furniture to those who request it.

The Lola swivel chair (side view)

About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

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