Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Design for a Sustainable Culture Kalon Studios

Kalon Studios is based in Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany. They are a young design studio focused on contemporary form and innovative design. Kalon Studios is recognized as one of the most influential and innovative sustainable design companies in the world. They strive to produce products that hold a lasting, intrinsic beauty.

Kalon Studios design focus is as much on quality of design as it is on method and process. All of their products are non-toxic, fully sustainable, and domestically produced in the United States. Each piece is handcrafted to order by traditional furniture makers in New England.

Their name Kalon, is derived from the ancient Greek concept of ‘to Kalon.’ To be Kalon is more than being beautiful; it is having a beauty that both is and inspires excellence. For the Greeks, this meant a beauty linked with moral worth and usefulness. For Kalon, this means making products that aren’t only beautiful in form but beautiful in concept as well.

They believe that true beauty radiates from the whole but has its roots in the details and so from the hardware to their motifs, from the raw materials to their finishes, they laboriously handpick each element so that it too, alone, is Kalon. The Greeks believed that an object that was Kalon had a beauty powerful enough to inspire excellence in those who beheld it.

It is their sincerest hope that the products will do this as well – that the thoughtfulness and consideration put into each object they’ve made will pour back into the homes they grace and the world of which we are all a part.
At Kalon Studios, they make every effort to be as green and sustainable as can be. In their efforts to find sustainable solutions to manufacturing, they’ve engaged the newest and sometimes the oldest methods and materials.

They have used raw materials that are renewable, biodegradable, non-toxic and food safe. They finish their woods with oil which they have developed that is so green, so-non toxic that it’s practically food grade. :)

They've made use of the industries most local to us in our manufacturing.
For Kalon, sustainability is defined as having multiple intentions all of which center on the idea of balance, of giving as much as they take, be it through economics, the environment or on the everyday human level.

Simple, cool, and seductive. The first range of products was launched in 2007 and it set the tone for the brand: quietly suggestive, playful, functional and understated. These qualities stem from the ethos that the pieces should invite and never impose. Casual and effortlessly beautiful. The result is that each product stands out while seamlessly blending into its environment.

Using only the highest quality sustainable materials, each product is domestically made in the United States, sustainably produced and hand-crafted to order.

To find out more about Kalon Studios and purchase their products, please visit

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