DESIGNER FURNITURE HAND-BUILT FOR QUALITY AND LASTING COMFORT
Generational durability is at the core of a sustainable approach and the promise we make to every client. Your EcoBalanza pieces are individually handcrafted by skilled artisans who apply careful and laborious but time-honored techniques that machines simply cannot replicate. The result is a sofa or chair you can expect to pass to your grandchildren. And a sofa that stays in the family stays out of a landfill. That is why we offer a life-time guarantee on the structure of everything we build.
The visible parts of a sofa—the covering fabrics and the trimmings—reflect only a small and literally superficial aspect of the upholsterer's work. The major elements are unseen and, though they govern form and comfort, often escape consideration altogether. We honor and use a variety of techniques that have been developed over the centuries and have been passed down from masters to apprentices to create beautiful pieces and provide comfort. Mastery of techniques allows us to respond to each person’s individual needs for comfort and specific material preferences. It also allows us to substitute unconventional materials when latex, metal coils, or wool aren’t an option for you.
PAINSTAKING ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Other manufacturers simply staple springs to the frame. We use the age-old method of counter-tensioning each of the steel springs inside your EcoBalanza piece with jute fiber cord in an intricate network of hand-tied knots. Each spring is braced to draw support and share the load across the entire network. This makes our furniture incredibly durable, resisting to sagging, and wonderfully comfortable.
The frame is shaped with organic cotton, wrapped in organic wool and organic latex for softness, comfort and style. Cushions are made from GOLS latex wrapped in a double layer of GOTS wool. This is hand-stitched to the latex or custom crafted coil cushions with individually made pockets and layers of long staple US grown organic cotton with hand-stitched wool wrapping.
Back cushions can be made with GOLS latex and GOTS wool for a more structured look or with our locally sourced Cheviot and Dorset wool filled with hand-fluffed kapok and hand stitched closed.
To create a truly lasting piece for your home, we use organic cotton twill as under-upholstery lining. It helps form the final shape, keep the dust out of stuffing materials and prolong the life of the upholstery top fabric. In addition, all seat and back cushion covers are removable (when applicable).
Finally, we upholster your piece in the fabric of your choice and add legs or feet before carefully packaging it up to be shipped to you home.
AN OBSESSION FOR QUALITY MATERIALS
After years of research and exploration, we have selected a unique combination of materials that allow us to create pieces of the highest quality, purity and integrity. We maintain fierce vertical control of our supply chain—if it's not proven to be clean, we don't want it in our workshop. Our preference and commitment is to natural materials that are safe for you, for the producer and for the environment.
We use different types of wool as fire retardants, material protection, and softness. Two of these we developed in collaboration with local farms while the remaining organic wools are fully certified. Each wool is carefully and specifically selected to achieve just the right look and comfort level.
We use GOLS Certified organic Dunlop Latex with no fillers and no fire retardant treatments to make seat cushions, backs (upon request) and armrests. We typically use medium density, but can adjust to meet your needs. We do not work with any type of petrochemical based foams such as soy or conventional foams.
Organic cotton batting is sourced directly from US growers and custom carded by a small woman-owned mill. We use it to shape each piece and adjust for comfort level (some people like soft, firm or have a wool sensitivity). Our pieces are all wrapped in certified organic cotton twill before final upholstery fabric.
COME SEE FOR YOURSELF
While we do not currently retail in stores, we invite you to visit our showroom and manufacturing site in Seattle where you can touch, smell and see our all natural materials and watch our craftspeople in action. Contact us to schedule your visit.