The furniture is finally being unwrapped at the soon-to-be-completed Plainsboro Public Library, and the wait has definitely been worth it, especially for the amorphous lounge seating pieces that are located in reading areas throughout the building. Made of natural or renewable materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo, rattan and recyclable polyethylene, these sculptural furniture pieces are not only beautiful, but green as well.

Especially eco-friendly are the pieces constructed with water hyacinth, which is basically a weed. Water hyacinth is an invasive water-based plant that is one of the fastest growing species known. When not controlled, it will cover lakes and ponds entirely, dramatically impacting water flow, blocking sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starving the water of oxygen, often killing fish or turtles.

Furniture maker PIE studio uses these materials to create its Eco Friendly Furniture line. Founded by a Thai architect who wanted to create ‘living space’, the studio hand crafts furniture utilizing a process of making that is inherently non-polluting and low energy.

Though not all the furniture pieces are in their final locations and most of the lights were off for servicing, below are images of some of the pieces.