Domino Magazine Closes; Green Style Enthusiasts Everywhere Lose a Friend


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We're sad to report that Domino magazine is closing up shop; its March issue with be their last. Condé Nast Publications is pulling the plug on the style and decorating mag, as flagging ad revenue in the recessing economy claims another victim.

TreeHugger had the real pleasure to work with Domino to create The Green List, a big feature in their green issue in March 2007. It was a fun, meaningful project -- a great way to spread green to a new audience -- and we're sad we won't have the opportunity to continue to collaborate with their talented team. Best wishes to all at Domino!

Take a walk down memory lane with a peek at portions of the Green List, after the jump.

As we mentioned before, TreeHugger and the good folks at domino magazine put our heads together to create "The Green List," a celebratory list of the best in green design, people and places. Today, we'll take a closer look at the furniture (you'll find it on pages 36-37 of the paper mag) that was selected for its outstanding green credentials and fabulous design.

From the more traditional, like Lee Industries' slipper chair (above, on the lower left) with soy-based cushions and Furnature's formal sofa (bottom row, right-center) that's 100% chemical-free, to the ultra-sleek and modern offerings of Q Collection's formaldehyde-free MDF (bottom right) and Rogan Objects' (bottom row, left-center) reclaimed wood & metal, these manufacturers' graceful, timeless work is all as beautiful as it is sustainable.

Not be left out, Cisco Brothers' tufted ottoman (upper right corner) keeps with the company's exclusive use of FSC-certified wood, and, like many of the other offerings, ditches polyurethane and other contaminants in favor of water-based adhesives. Lastly, ABC Carpet & Home (upper left corner) is NYC's destination for low-impact furniture, fabrics and fine green design of any color. Pick up a copy of the mag to see it all, get more details at dominomag.com and stay tuned for a closer look at textiles, wallcoverings and more. domino's Green List: Furniture

In the third installment of the Green List, a collaboration between TH and domino magazine published in their March issue, we're training the spotlight on fabrics. We picked our favorite lines of textiles, useful for furniture upholstery, wallcoverings and more, that retain all of the sophistication and chic-ness without any synthetics. We've seen a few of them before, like Maharam's swank, non-toxic fabrics (above, lower left corner), Mod Green Pod's ornate silk-screened, organic cotton upholstery (top row, next to the Green List) and Designtex, whose new sustainable home line includes the bamboo-cotton combo in the top left corner above. Don't miss Ambatalia's handpicked sustainable textiles, like their gently weathered hemp & cotton ticking (bottom row, left-center) or Twill Textiles' 100% biodegradable fabric (bottom right), though, and check out Aurora Silk's extra-heavy silk woven of thread produced by wild moths (bottom, right-center). There's more to see at dominomag.com and even more on page 38 in the print version; stay tuned to TreeHugger for features on rugs, renovating and more. domino's Green List: Fabric

domino magazine teamed up with TreeHugger to create "The Green List," a celebration of green design, and we're taking a closer look at each section of the list. Today, we'll ponder the three ways we picked to spruce up your walls: paint, wallpaper and plaster (check out page 40 of the print mag for the final list).

Paints have the most options, with low and no-VOC options for any color palette and taste; among those chosen were YOLO Colorhouse, for their groovy earth tones, Harmony, from Sherwin Williams, Aura, by Benjamin Moore (who swear it only takes one coat to do the job!) and Olympic (available at Lowe's) for their vibrant colors.

When it comes to wallpapers and coverings, Phillip Jeffries made the list with their breathable arrowroot-grass cloth, while Woodson & Rummerfield's pop patterns print on recycled paper with vegetable-dye inks made a big splash as well. For a more traditional look, we also liked Lim & Handtryck's patterns, produced with wooden & brass roller techniques. For a texture and look all its own, American Clay Plaster offers a blend of pure clay and non-toxic pigment that transforms any surface, with any color and three different finishes. Whether its color, texture or both that you seek for your walls, the Green List is a great place to start sourcing some great TreeHugger-friendly options. There's more to see at dominomag.com and in the print version on page 40. domino's Green List: Wallcoverings

The fourth entry profiling the domino magazine/TreeHugger Green List takes us to the wonderful world of rugs, where innovative materials mingle with old school classics and there isn't a harmful dye or sweatshop to be found. The veggie-dyed rug from Classic Rug Collection (bottom right) is made from hemp and comes in a variety of bright colors; along the same lines is Merida Meridian's tweed-suit-like sisal rug (top row, right-center). Odegard rugs are headed up by Stephanie Odegard, who is also a founder and director of Rugmark, which works hard to keep sweatshop labor out of rugs everywhere. A portion of the sale of her hemp/wool rug (top left) -- as with all of her sales -- goes to Rugmark.

When it comes to rugs, though, wool is still tough to beat, and the remaining three choices are all made from the fluffy white stuff. Zaki's hand-spun wool & vegetable dye beauty (top right) typifies the company's Oriental offerings, while Tufenkian's colorful wool designs (bottom left) are crafted with the help of a purification plant that reuses water for dyeing rugs. Last, but not least, is Barbara Barran's Classic Rug Collection (top row, left-center), bursting with colors and made from alpaca and wool. Flip your magazine to page 42 for more, and stay tuned for an ongoing look at the great green design in domino's Green List. domino's Green List: Rugs

Thus far on our peek at the Green List, a project TreeHugger collaborated with domino magazine on, we've been concentrating on interiors, having covered rugs, wallcoverings, fabric and furniture, so we'll now train the spotlight on one of the outstanding green people on the list: Shalom Harlow.

The cover girl and actress is serious about making green choices, whether it's the Linda Loudermilk denim in her closet, the grocery tote made from recycled rice bags she takes shopping, or the green websites she reads (and TreeHugger is on the list -- swoon!). We also like this: in response to the question, "How do you avoid being preachy?", she says, "Nobody responds to being made to feel judged -- I know I'd get defensive. It's about bringing awareness to topics someone hasn't considered."

Read more about Shalom's green haunts & jaunts around New York at dominomag.com or flip the paper version to page 44. Stay tuned for more of domino-style green people, places & things. domino's Green List: Shalom Harlow

When it comes to greening your home, we much prefer renovating to starting from scratch with new construction, so TreeHugger was happy to help domino magazine find some great resources for new floors, kitchens and lighting for the Green List in their March green issue. For many of the items, we were sure to offer regional options, so folks across the country could find sources closer to home, to cut down on shipping.

When it came to flooring, we went with reclaimed wood, like Trestlewood and Pioneer Millworks, FSC-certified sources, like the wood at EcoTimber, and mod, green carpet from Interface. When it comes to the kitchen, green cabinets from Henrybuilt and countertops from Richlite were high on the list, and don't forget to recycle with the EcoPod.

Check out more green renovating tips and sources at dominomag.com, and stay tuned for more from the Green List. domino's Green List: Renovating

We're nearly half-way through our peek at the Green List, TreeHugger's collaboration on green design with domino magazine. Today, it's all about the tile; as with many of the other sections, there's something for any preference: colors, materials, style, budget and more. Oceanside Glasstile (top right -- we covered them here) uses recycled bottles (over 2 million pounds a year -- wow!) for their multitude of patterns and colors.

For a less pearl-like look and feel, check out the granite dust and recycled glass in fireclay, terra-cotta tiles, (top row, next to the green list) which come in equally gorgeous matte and glossy shades. The indoor/outdoor versatility of the tiles from Coverings, Etc. (bottom left) comes from the combination of recycled glass, granite and marble chips mixed with cement for a very textured, multi-toned terrazzo. Eco-friendly Floorings' recycled-brass squares with a brushed finish (bottom left-center) are just one of the wide variety of surfaces that can green your backsplash or bathroom; add a little color and pattern with Granada Tiles (bottom right), who use a 19th-century French technique using tinted cement rather than clay (requires no firing and less energy) to produce vibrant, Provençal patterns.

Lastly, Erin Adams' shiny recycled-aluminum bars (right-center, on the bottom row) are a great way to add a little dimension to a shower without adding more metal to the waste stream. Check out more of the tiles on file over at dominomag.com and on page 48 of the print version. domino's Green List: Tiles

We've been focusing on interiors thus far in our peek at the Green List in March's domino magazine, having looked at tiles, renovating, rugs, wallcoverings, fabric and furniture, so we'll deviate from that a bit today for a look at some green fashion.

For the ladies, the fashion list is comprised of five outfits, with a few extra must-haves for your weekend bag. Many of the designers will be familiar to regular readers, with eco-fashion all-stars like Edun, Loomstate and Levi's Eco comprising parts of a couple of outfits. Linda Loudermilk's denim, Anna Cohen's designer streetwear and some sustainable skivvies by Ciel help round out the list, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg. Open up the print mag to pages 52-53 for more, and surf over to dominomag.com for a slideshow. domino's Green List: Fashion

Throughout our look at domino magazine's expansive Green List, we've been concentrating on products that can help you go greener, like furniture, fashion and fashion, but how does a real TreeHugger go green every day? domino followed TreeHugger's founder and fearless leader Graham Hill through a typical day, including his time in a nearly-paperless home office, "if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down" and local beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

Graham's got all the right gear (Loomstate & Van's organic cotton shoes and Voltaic's solar backpack) and all the right moves (unplugging to avoid phantom power, riding a bike and the subway instead of driving around New York) to be a green guru and "eco entrepreneur"; you'll have to click over to dominomag.com or flip to page 56 of the print version to see what Graham eats for breakfast, what he washes his hair with, and what time he goes to sleep. domino's Green List: Eco Entrepreneur Graham Hill

Today's peek at the TreeHugger/domino Green List is all about feeling good while looking good; the Beauty section of the list blends friendly ingredients with thoughtful packaging and essential scents. For your body, there's primrose-oil cream, shea butter and a megahydrating oil from a Greek company; when it comes to caring for your face, there's Juice Beauty's yummy green-apple skin polishing mask, organic rosehip oil to hydrate your dry complexion and an herbal recovery gel infused with organic herbs and a shot of antioxidants.

For clean and green hair-washing, check out Mop's Mixed-greens condition, whose ingredients read more like a salad, with cucumber, artichoke, watercress and parsley tossed with organic olive oil and clarifying vinegar...mmm. There's also honey & hibiscus shampoo with John Masters Organics and awapuhi and kukui nut extracts in a formula by Ole Henriksen. In the bath, we liked Nature Girl's refreshing body wash, Kathleen Lewis' lemony mineral salts, a zingy, aromatherapeutic orange oil and some refreshing suds derived from organic flower petals.

You can't go wrong with the whole line from Dr. Hauschka and Pangea Organics, though; for extra credit, check out the organic essentials cotton balls. Lots more to see in the slideshow at dominomag.com; open the print mag to pages 58-59 for the full list. domino's Green List: Beauty

We all spend about one-third of our lives in bed, so it was important not to overlook clean, green bedding as a part of domino's Green List. Sumptuous feel meets beautiful patterns and colors in this section of the list; add some organic cotton and it might just be the perfect way for a TreeHugger to get some sleep.

We went with a vintage look with Jan Eleni, who reuses shams and duvet covers with a colorful, floral-inspired look. Prefer the look and feel of country? Check out the wares at MaryJane's Farm, whose linens are inspired by her organic Idaho farm. For a fancier look, ABC Home's Purist collection includes luxurious silk shams and sheets. Perhaps the most important choice when picking a place to sleep is the bed itself, and Swedish company Hästens does it right. Their synthetic-free mattress features cotton ticking over a fill of horsehair, cotton, flax and wool (no harmful off-gassing there!). The handmade craftsmanship doesn't come cheap, but it might just be worth the indulgence if it'll help you sleep better and more healthily for decades to come. As always, there's more at dominomag.com, with the complete wrap-up on page 60 of the paper version. Stay tuned for a new addition to the list tomorrow, when we look at ways to be green while you clean. domino's Green List: Bedding

As TreeHugger has noted time and again, it would be far preferable if we could all saunter out our front doors, head down the street and pick up delicious, fresh, local organic food from a farmer's market or local co-op each day or each week; unfortunately, we all can't do that, an idea not lost on domino's Green List selections for food. We worked to find flavorful solutions for going organic that everyone (or nearly everyone) can choose; sources like organic produce from Diamond Organics, meat from Niman Ranch and Horizon's butter.

To drink, we focused on beverages you can get just about anywhere, like Stonyfield milk, Peace Coffee's java, Mighty Leaf tea, Square One organic vodka and vino from the Organic Wine Company. Bread, especially the organic variety, is best enjoyed when its fresh from the oven, so we came up with a list of local bakeries that are favorites in their cities (and recommend you do the same). We know the best thing to do is shop from your local farmers market or other local foodshed supply; when you can't do that, we think these are pretty good options. There's more at dominomag.com and pages 62-63 of the print mag. Only one more day to go; tomorrow, a look at a New York caterer keeping things green. domino's Green List: Food

The last installment of domino's Green List takes a peek at the green life of health foodie Louisa Shafia. She owns a New York catering business Lucid Food, specializing in natural fare, and stocked domino's pantry with sweet, savory and a recipe for a delightful olive tapenade.

She's a big fan of raw sugar: "it has a rich molasses flavor, dark and spicy, with notes of clove and nutmeg"; sweet syrup: "the agave plant's nectar is a wonderful sugar substitute. Plus, it's absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly, so there's no sugar crash"; and fresh almonds: "I puree them with olive oil and a little salt to make almond butter and slather it on apple slices to satisfy a sugar craving."

She also uses seaweed sheets for lots of non-sushi related things ("You can roll up almost anything in seaweed"), likes a dash of hemp ("Think of hemp seeds as nuts. They're superhigh in protein and give flavor and crunch to salads.") and the sweetness of wild honey ("Because it balances the acidity of vinegar, honey is wonderful for sweetening a salad dressing.") Her recipe for olive tapenade also sounds delicious; hit dominomag.com for more details and flip your magazine to page 64 for the full details. domino's Green List: Louisa Shafia's Green Life

That's the last of the list; click the "Domino Magazine" tag below to see all the entries separately.

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