LA Times, June 2014 | HD Buttercup to open third showroom, in Orange County

From LA Times, HD Buttercup to open third showroom, in Orange County

HD Buttercup, the cavernous home furnishings mecca with locations in Culver City and San Francisco, has announced it will open a third location, at the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa in October.

The 40,000-square-foot showroom will be designed by the Los Angeles-based Otto Design Group, which has created interiors for Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters, among others.

Like an upscale antique mall, the new location will be composed of several designer stalls, including Ralph Lauren Home, Calvin Klein Couture, Andrew Martin, Timothy Oulton, Brownstone and Gus furniture, among others.

The showroom will be located in what is now TPT Home, with TPT Home moving to the Easy Life space. It will also offer design consulting and 3-D room planning for consumers and a trade program for designers.

Home stores have been steadily multiplying at the South Coast Collection over the last year with recent additions, including Design Within Reach, Environment Furniture, Brown Jordan and Organic Modernism. Pasadena-based sustainable home furnishings retailer Cisco Home is scheduled to open in August.

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Newsday, May 2014 | New furniture designs showcase reclaimed materials

From Newsday, New furniture designs showcase reclaimed materials

With its new and expansive showroom in Costa Mesa, Calif.’s Environment Furniture is about enjoying life and respecting the planet.

Collections for the home are made of sustainably harvested wood and other materials that would otherwise be discarded.

“Our core of the business is to work with reclaimed materials,” said Camilla Trigano of Environment Furniture.

Among the reclaimed wood Environment uses is peroba wood, which comes from a tree that is becoming scarce outside of parks. Its lumber was heavily used in construction throughout southern Brazil. One hundred percent of the wood Environment uses is reclaimed from homes, buildings and other structures that have been torn down or are abandoned. Environment was the first furniture company to establish a reclaimed-peroba exporting operation in 2003.

Then there are the repurposed fabrics that Environment uses, such as vintage military canvas.

Soldiers have taken shelter under tents from a durable cotton canvas since the Civil War, Trigano said.

“The idea of community and sharing is a beautiful story,” she said. “Every piece has a story and you can feel its soul.”

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