Series 5. Eco icon No. 15

Dandelion‘  Sideboard /dresser by Iannone Design


dandelion dresser

IANNONE DESIGN was founded by MICHAEL IANNONE and  is a Philadelphia based design and build firm dedicated to the creation of eco-friendly contemporary furniture.

MICHAEL IANNONE graduated from Rowan University in 2000 with a BFA in Studio Art. He has been designing and building furniture for over 6 years, and has worked for two years as a luthier crafting custom solid body electric guitars.

Each of the pieces which form part of the sustainiably designed collection has a signature graphic inlay either in a contrast grain or contract wood and finish. All the furniture pieces are constructed in FSC certified plywood. The Dandelion sideboard feature a graphic cut out of white gloss laminate and  kirei doors.

The original Signature 2.0 Dandelion design now comes in a six-drawer dresser. Iannone has expanded the range to include other nature based designs such as hummingbirds, silver birch trees, and  wild flowers.  Its highly reconiseable style features  a decorative graphic on a sleek, minimal storage unit. The kirei doors are made from the reclaimed stalks of the sorghum plant and made using a formaldehyde-free adhesive. The cabinet is constructed of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sustainable plywood also made with formaldehyde-free adhesives. The gloss white laminate is Greenguard certified assuring that it conforms to healthy indoor air standards. All the cabinets in his collection come with premium soft closing doors, and stainless steel legs.

There is a  freshness and a lightness of touch to Iannone’s work that  represents so well the new atmosphere of simplicity and connectedness with our natural world that we are all searching for….a definite eco icon in the making…


Series 5. Eco icon No.14

Second life couture necklaces by Charlotte Hosten

Montreal based Charlotte Hosten is a jewellery and accessories designer . Her unique iconic  fabric necklaces have become the axis upon which her clients base their outfits,  creating their look around the necklace.

Charlotte a self-taught designer, was born and raised in Belgium, but is now based in Montreal. At the age of 15 she instinctively learned to create jewellery . Her u.s.p  of creating fabric based necklaces was born of a happy accident when one day she couldn’t find  a suitable clasp for her creations. She then started to embroider beads onto fabric and ever since, her necklaces have become luxurious sculptures; sometimes made of one of a kind antique jewelry pieces or, for the custom made pieces, with the treasures her clients bring her. Charlotte Hosten’s work is now much featured in the international fashion press and as she states ” are proudly created in Montreal.”

Charlotte has a main focus for her design collections in addition to her creative direction …she is commited to ‘REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE.’She says’ In order to minimize our negative impact on the environment, we make sure we recycle everything we can. We also try to stay away from the printer. Most of the trimming waste is kept to be reused and some of the necklaces (the sari collection for example) have been elaborated using almost only trimming waste. We use a lot of vintage beads, brooches and necklaces to which Charlotte Hosten gives a second life.”

Each of her unique couture pieces are completely original one off’s….and can be customised to include pieces of your own jewellery and fabrics….like a fashion forward living sculpture with echoes of the past…want one now!!