Buy It For Life: Think Chair By Steelcase

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Steelcase has been making office furniture since 1912. Their Think Chair is designed to maximize comfort and ergonomics, and it has received several prestigous design awards since its introduction in 2006.

The Think Chair was also the first product to receive a Cradle to Cradle™ Product Certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC). The certification evaluates a product for human and environmental health impacts throughout its lifecycle and its potential for being truly recycled or safely composted. The chair is 98% recyclable (it takes about five minutes to dissemble for recycling using common hand tools), and it’s also made with recycled materials — Steelcase says the amount is “up to 37%”.

In terms of warranty, Steelcase offers a lifetime warranty on most of the chair’s parts, ten years for the seating mechanisms, and three years for fabric.

The Steelcase Think Chair is available from Amazon for $689.

Buy It For Life: Bedford Overnight Bag By Ernest Alexander

Ernest Alexander, based in New York City, specializes in handcrafted luggage and accessories for men. His luggage designs include details like signature wax cottons, contrasting linings, double stitching and zipper pulls. His company is committed to ethical manufacturing practices, and produce all of their products in the U.S.

Alexander offers a 30 day warranty on his goods (they pay for return shipping), and they will repair their products for free.

The Bedford Overnight Bag, featured here, is available for $395.

 

 

 

Stainless Steel French Press by Bodum

Bodum, the Danish kitchenware maker, is world-renowned for their French Presses. Most Bodum presses are made with borosilicate glass, which is tough glass, but it is still prone to breakage (I broke three glass presses in two years). However, Bodum does make a double-walled, Stainless Steel French Press. Because it made with 100% stainless steel, this press can withstand drops and rough handling.

With its double walls,  Stainless Steel French Press also acts like a insulated thermos. The coffee enthusiasts at Sweet Marias say this French Press is their recommend choice. However, they do not recommend leaving the brewed coffee in the press for longer than 5 minutes, because:

The double-walled polished chrome “thermo press” keeps the water hot during brewing, which is a definite advantage, though we really don’t recommend that you store your coffee in it after you have pressed the pot.

Why? Because to some degree the coffee continues to brew, and after about 15 minutes it will start to have a “over-extracted” flavor. So buy this press because you are as clumsy as I am, and are tired of breaking the glass on other presses. (Now that Bodum makes an unbreakable beaker, you have that option too.)

You can buy the Bodum Columbia Stainless Steel French from Amazon for about $50.

(In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.)

Buy It For Life: Leather Goods by Makr



In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.

Makr is a leather goods company based in Florida. Most of Makr’s small goods are handsewn in their studio, and all their other goods are made locally in Florida. Makr also sources all of their materials from American suppliers — most of their leather is supplied by Harween in Chicago. Wood is sourced locally, from fallen trees whenever possible.

Their iPad Attaché (above) is made from a single piece of leather and features contrast stitching, painted edges and a hidden, cordovan closure mechanism under the flap.

 

Makr’s Farm Messenger Bag (above) is made with heavy cotton duck and natural leather.

Buy It For Life: Artifact Bags

In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.

Artifact Bags are made in Omaha, Nebraska by one man, Chris Brown. He uses a combination of hand tools and vintage industrial equipment to craft his creation. For materials, me Brown makes use of American sourced waxed canvas and leather, and offers a lifetime guarantee for all his products. See his intriguing workshop and latest creations on his blog.

The Artifact Lunch Tote, featured here, is made with 14 oz. waxed canvas. It’s available from Artifact Bags directly for $65.

 

Link: Artifact Bags