Guess what peeps? I finally found two "mates to my soul" while at market this year. I will share them now as they make me light up and smile.
The first is Joe Manus of Shine International, He is an eco -friendly, down to earth, genius! Why genius? Because much like Van Gogh and Vincente Wolf, he didn't finish high school, but his work is simply amazing and will tell a story for years to come. He truly inspired me, with his background. He explained how his initial business was going under, but he had employees to consider, a family to support, and a plan. Together they implemented that plan and there he was...at the High Point Furniture Market. It was more detailed, but you get the jist. I will include a link to more of his story at the end of this post, so you don't go anywhere just yet...
I took a few pictures, they do not do his work justice, but they belong to me (so wadda ya gonna do, right)? Here are a few of his lights, made of recycled cardboard. All of his work is handmade. Shiner International is 100% recycled, sustainable, and produced right here in the USA baby. I love it!
The funny thing about this story is a cool chick named Robin introduced us, and while we were talking she was making lists of places for him to go find more cardboard! Here are some more photos... rocking bench which is quite comfy, btw.
This is my favorite the rocking bed. Folks, it is so comfortable it is unreal. I will be honest and say I forgot what it is made of (he was gone when I went for pics) but it is also sustainable and recycled.
Ok, for my girl...
I met and snapped some photos of Ms. Kelly Neumann, of Preen Furniture Design, in Milwaukee, WI. This was her first time at market and she wowed me! I was wondering if I would ever see a vendor with truly recycled and redesigned furniture, you know the one of a kind stuff that is unique and not manufactured in an IKEA-like capacity? The kind that uses frames and hard work from a previous life and revives it? Meet Kelly...
Honestly when I saw this chick, I thought, cool pants! Then I got closer to see the furniture and was blown away!I was thinking oh another cool look, but manufactured in bulk somewhere for sure...NOPE! ONE of a kind, originals, redesigned by Ms. Kelly herself! She is standing in front of her graffiti couch inspired by designer Rachel Zoe. (Looking at these pictures, I definitely need a better camera, sorry folks.) Below, she is sitting on a lovely cream and green couch, which matches the color of the pattern, in the middle lamp shade perfectly!
Now, if you're thinking all this color was too much, honey think again! It was beautiful and flowed nicely. I didn't want to leave. Plus Kelly's hospitality was genuine, she answered a TON of my questions with the same excitement I had in asking them. We were bouncing off of each other, it was LOVE!...lol
Kelly co-founded the company with Kim Pollard, who says of their designs, " We wanted to go so far that we wanted people to wonder if we went too far. We're right on that edge." In this blogger's opinion, they are and it works.
Ladies you are starting a new sustainable trend at High Point Furniture Market, that I and hopefully some of my fellow D-I-Y designers will join you in. Thank you Kelly and Joe!
As promised, link to more of Shiner Internationals story by Furniture Today.
*** 10/29/10- I went back, the day after I posted this and there was a pro photographer there. She allowed me to snap a photo with her setup. I think it was the lighting in her booth that prohibited the pics from translating.**
What do you think of this talent?