Exceptional Eco-Friendly Finds

New Home Green Furnishings and Design

OOCK
The Arcade Building, Bedford (914) 234-2595
The county’s first “green” design boutique, OOCK practices what it preaches: there’s a natural sisal rug on the floor, walls are decorated with sustainable art and soy panel samples, and a leaning ladder displays organic linens. (The name OOCK stands for Office Of Carol Kurth, owner and architect, whose office adjoins the shop.) Every item in the shop is organic (and beautiful) and all meet some criteria related to sustainable, eco-friendly green living. We all can live with that.

Cool Green Business

Green Fork Farms
Katonah (917) 579-5665
If you want to be green, but your thumbs are not, farmers Kurt Gabel and Madeline Fletcher can help. Whether you’re starting from scratch or rehabilitating an abandoned garden, the Green Fork Farm-ers can come to your property and help you design and build backyard vegetable patch. They’ll provide mostly organic seedlings for tomatoes, arugula, spicy mesclun, carrots, peas, herbs, and other goodies of your choosing. If you really need some hand-holding, they also offer gardening lessons or regular garden maintenance—including, if you’d like, a weekly harvest basket left on your doorstep. Talk about being a locavore.

Green Architects

Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects & Engineers, PC
Mount Kisco (914) 666-5900
Architects KG&D sure know how to make their competitors green—with envy. Incorporating sustainable design principles into their work for more than 25 years, KG&D has set the example on how to build Westchester in more environmentally conscious ways. The most recent example: the new Media Arts Lab at the Jacob Burn Film Center in Pleasantville. Opened in January, this stunning, $12 million, 27,000-square-foot facility is constructed with state-of-the-art sustainable features, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, and a green roof. Other current green projects include the new Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, and multiple projects for Westchester Community College, Somers Central School District, Pleasantville Union Free School District, and others. While the firm dabbles in a variety of projects, including multi-unit residential construction, about 70 percent of its workload involves designing for public and private schools. What better way for our future generations to learn environmental responsibility than to have the school building itself teach the lesson?

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“Recycled” Furniture Finds

Belkind Bigi
Tarrytown (914) 524-9626
Go ahead. We dare you not to fall in love with just about everything you see in this home shop. It showcases some of the finest examples of mid-20th-century furnishings uncovered in private homes by co-owners Stacy Belkind, a former art specialist at the National Gallery of Art, and Marina Bigi, an expert in American art pottery. Featuring such seminal designers of the period as Vladimir Kagan, Milo Baughman, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, and Paul McCobb, the shop offers Scandanavian and Italian furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, and art work—particularly oversized abstract paintings. We’re pining for the oversized Danish armchair ($950), the pair of George Nelson tray tables ($1,100), and the pair of lamps by Pierre Cardin ($2,500).

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