A Classic Palecek Furniture Article

I found this on Palecek's website, which you can also find by clicking here

I think the amazing thing about this article is that it is several years ahead of its time, having been written in the early part of 2006.  We are proud to represent Palecek and sell their products, and their environmental stance makes them even more attractive:

Palecek Is “Eco-Chic”Focus On Sustainable Organic DesignEco-chic” is a buzzword being applied to almost every industry, ranging from fashion to food. While the “eco-chic” label is relatively new, the design trend has been around for many years, even before it was cool to be green. Long before dolphin-safe tuna and hemp clothing, before canvas shopping bags and bio-diesel engines, people recognized the need to conserve. One company on the leading edge of furniture design and conservation is Palecek, which has used eco-friendly design elements throughout its 30 years in business.

Renowned for natural, hand-woven home furnishings, Palecek has always relied on quickly renewable resources like rattan, abaca, and bamboo in its designs. “Organic, sustainable natural materials are very strong style elements right now, but Palecek has always recognized the importance of conservation,” says owner and president, Allan Palecek. “And now, buyers as well as end consumers are looking for products from companies committed to preserving the earth’s resources.”

As trends in fashion and home d├ęcor lean toward an organic aesthetic, Palecek is perfectly positioned to meet the trend with a vast offering of eco-friendly and eco-fashionable products. For the High Point market, Palecek will continue to enrich its line with natural, hand-crafted organic elements that embody both the artistry of the human touch, and the imperfect beauty inherent in pure, authentic natural materials.

Palecek’s newest introductions this High Point focus on furniture pieces with the signature, hand-crafted natural elements that have made Palecek a mainstay in American furniture design. The result is a modern, architectural aesthetic with clean lines and an organic sensibility. New home accessory offerings showcase weathered wood and similar organic “found” pieces, symbolizing the earth’s natural abundance, without depleting the environment.

In order to offset its consumption, Palecek utilizes quickly renewable natural fibers, as well as plantation-grown woods that do not deplete forests. And while conservation is vital, giving back to the source is just as important. That’s why Palecek is a major contributor to the reforestation project in the Philippines, which is in the process of planting more than a million trees. In addition to environmental conservation, Palecek strives to preserve the cultural heritage of craftspeople that help make their products by investing in schools and local arts programs in the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries.

Palecek acknowledges that home furnishings is a resource-intensive industry, but understands that there is no room to compromise on quality. Inherent in all of Palecek’s collections is a careful balance of beautiful and durable products that are thoughtfully designed and eco-conscious.

The culture of environmental responsibility hasn’t changed much at Palecek throughout the company’s history, but it has grown in resolve and encouraged more companies and consumers to follow suit. Being eco-friendly may have become “eco-chic,” but the choice to be responsible is as simple as ever. “I think most people today have some level of concern for the environment,” says Palecek. “If you give them the knowledge and the choice, they’ll make a more informed and eco-conscious decision.”

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