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Environmentally Friendly Fine Art, Furniture and Lighting.

Sustainable Art Brings More To Your Home

by Janeen Swing • March 31, 2016

I love working with fine artists. I could listen to them talk about their work all day. What’s special about the artists featured at EcoFirstArt is the way they challenge themselves. Our artists put extra restrictions on their work by using only eco-friendly and recycled materials…whether it means limiting a color palette to organic pigments, clay and minerals, confining sculptural material to found objects, painting Read more …

What does “recycled furniture” bring to mind?

by Janeen Swing • February 25, 2016

If you think of Eco-friendly furnishings as funny, quirky or somehow less than beautiful or elegant, then maybe you’ve missed a whole chapter in sustainable design. It’s exploding onto the interior design scene in sneaky and wonderful ways. I dare you to look at any of EcoFirstArt sofas and declare that they “look recycled. While I’m game for anything made from anything, at EcoFirstArt, you Read more …

Keeping Work In The USA

by Janeen Swing • January 29, 2016

While we Americans were busy making money in the ‘80s and paying lip-service to the green movement, our manufacturers got busy shipping more of their craft overseas. The pendulum, I’m happy to say, is now swinging back towards sustainable design. Artisans are taking charge and making furniture their way. And they’re doing it right here at home. I have been encouraged and enriched by the Read more …

Bringing Together Artists From All Fields

by Janeen Swing • December 22, 2015

One of my greatest joys at EcoFirstArt is getting to know and work with furniture makers, artists and other artisans across every area of home furnishing and décor. I knew I was on to something when the idea resonated with Elle Décor magazine west coast regional director Joanne Medeiros. Joanne and Elle Décor* recognized the “unusual assortment of talent and visual eyes” that bring new Read more …

Good Design IS Sustainable Design

by Janeen Swing • November 20, 2015

Sustainable design… what else is there? I made the green shift long ago and now, when it comes to home furnishings, I don’t think of eco-friendly as an extra bonus or a nice-to-have. I think of it as a necessity. And if you picture landfills brimming with cheaply made sofas and cracked plastic deck chairs, you’ll agree. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) reports Read more …