Raw Rising - dwell.com, 6/30/2008

Everything seems to have a green spin these days, which may explain why designers are creating pieces that strut their sustainable credentials—often in the form of unexpected materials and a raw, unprocessed look.

You might even call it the green bling of the design world.

For example, designer Marcus Ferreira used leftover yarn from Brazilian textile factories to cover Environment Furniture’s Giramundo Chair (Image #1).

Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen’s collapsible Molo Stools are made of kraft paper and recycled cardboard, which patinas with age and use (Image #2).

Last month, Design Within Reach began selling Miss Rio Ottomans, multi-colored poufs made of overstocked rubber flip-flops (Image #3).

VivaTerra commissioned stools from Monkey-pod tree branches, regarded as waste in Thailand (Image #4).