Zem Joaquin had a furniture dilemma.
In 2005, the interior designer was trying to make her Marin County house a healthy environment for her two toddlers. But virtually all the couches on the market, she learned, contain foam with toxic flame retardants, the unintended result of a 1970s California law.
So with a furniture maker’s help, Joaquin designed her own sofa. Yellow and big enough to seat seven, it is made of sustainably harvested wood, natural latex foam, organic wool – and no flame retardants.
“I ended up actually designing my own furniture because there wasn’t an alternative out there yet,” said Joaquin, 42. “Things have changed dramatically since.” …Stephanie M. Lee
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