Friday, April 15, 2011

A Lesson In Urban Zen

Urban Zen is what I hope to be the future of retail — promoting conscientious consumerism, locally made products, and the health of society as well as the Earth.
The Urban Zen Foundation is a charity started by Karan that aims to "raise awareness and inspire change in three key areas: the advancement of well-being (combining eastern healing techniques with western medicine), the empowerment of children (strengthening social, emotional and physical resilience), and the preservation of culture (celebrating and promoting inherent value in all cultures). 

Ranging from home to bath to apparel and accessories, the products at Urban Zen are locally produced, handmade, natural, organic and/or created from reclaimed materials. Ten percent of retail sales directly benefits the foundation. 
The Elements collection is comprised of supple draped fabrics and is produced in NY and Italy. The leather accessories are made from reclaimed book covers and other old leather goods.
Small leather discs — stacked and strung — make up these tactile coil-like necklaces and bracelets.
Urban Zen furniture is hand-crafted in Bali from reclaimed Teak. The large open shapes are weighty and solid — like comfortable monuments for the home.
This super-squishy giant floor cushion, also made in Bali, is fabricated in natural canvas. I would like nothing more on a sunny day than to lay outside on one of these.

Thank you to Amanda + for the lovely images.

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