An Alternative to Throw-Away Furniture

November 24, 2008






Since the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 1800’s, there has been an uneasy relationship between good design and mass-production. In recent years, another concern has crept into the dialogue: sustainability. And for most buyers, inexpensive, easily-obtained — and disposable — furniture seems to carry the day.

But Seattle-based furniture design company Meyer Wells is interested in bringing craftsmanship and sustainability to the fore once again, and is making furniture that is anything but mass-produced: they do commissioned pieces, constructed from salvaged urban trees. Furniture designer John Wells and master craftsman Seth Meyer obtain trees which have been cut due to disease, damage, or development, and 99% of all their materials come from within 10 miles of the shop.

Meyer Wells is a triple bottom line business, and the company is addressing a wide range of social responsibility issues, from providing competitive salaries and health insurance for its employees to using the most durable and environmentally safe solvents, glues and finishes in their work. According to the company, “This is recycling taken to the next level.”


Image courtesy of Parsons Public Relations