Designer Spotlight: David Brunicardi

From time to time, TreeHugger finds furniture or other interior designers who really ‘get it’ — that is, understand that being planet-friendly and looking sleek and modern are not mutually exclusive things — and we like to highlight their good work. San Francisco-based David Brunicardi is one such designer, but before we dig in, a quick disclaimer. While we know that we as a society cannot shop our way to sustainability, TreeHugger thinks it’s important to know that such options exist, so that when the time comes to buy new stuff (and let’s not kid ourselves, we all have to buy stuff at some point), you are armed with the knowledge and know the options that are available. That said, sometimes it’s good to have something nice to look at.

David Brunicardi produces suave, versatile, hand-made furniture with a decidedly modern aesthetic. Utilizing sustainably-harvested wood, quickly renewable materials (like bamboo [www.sundance.tv]) and reclaimed or ‘rediscovered’ wood, the collection of furniture offers a wide variety of looks while retaining top-notch functionality. We’re big fans of the Sande ‘Wave’ coffee table, at right; inspired by the flow of water, the table ‘flows’ from one layer to the next creating space for books, CD’s, remotes…whatever you need. Made from Sande wood, a sustainable hardwood from Ecuador, it’s the first in a collection using the wood, and one of our favorites.

Equally good-looking and versatile is the Sande ‘Mag’ coffee table, which functions equally well as a bench and offers a unique solution for storing your favorite magazines and other coffee table fare. Taking cues from nature (and utilizing the beautiful natural grains in the wood), the table, like the rest of his collection, is made to order by hand, allowing for lots of customization to fit your specific needs.

Representing a near-perfect marriage of organic and modern materials, the “Swamp Thing” series, with the dining set pictured, showcases the beauty that old wood can bring to new furniture. Made with ‘rediscovered’ 200+ year-old wood from a wet southern estate where over 1000 trees were blown over by a storm in 1998, the natural imperfections are left intact (knots, worm holes, pitch pockets, spalting, etc.) because they are what make the wood so unique and so real. Perhaps best of all, the wood is certified by SmartWood [www.smartwood.org], the Forest Stewardship Council’s leading forest certifier (more info on the FSC can be found in this earlier entry [www.sundance.tv]). There’s a lot more to see at David Brunicardi’s website [www.dbfurniture.com], including more furniture for sitting, sleeping and storage; some of his furniture is available online from Design Public [www.designpublic.com], and it can all be had with an inquiry through the designer’s site [www.dbfurniture.com].