Mod Props for the Lazy Lollygagger

General / People / Products / February 8, 2010

A lollygagger, Sharon Larson of Loll Designs says, is someone who works hard and plays hard too.

She should know: her company caters to them. It makes what its call “outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger.” Its products are made from 100 percent recycled HDPE (“That’s milk jugs and yogurt containers,” Sharon said), and it’s 100 percent recyclable too. For every pound of weight in a Loll chair eight recycled milk jugs are re-used.

The four-year-old Minnesota company buys it material in sheets, cutting its forms from them. It’s growing – with 15 employees now, and an evolving product line designed by CEO Greg Benson and designer Jeff Talley. They’re distributing products in Europe as well as North America, and sell exclusively to Design Within Reach as well as Room & Board.

Its products are offered in eight colors: black, sand, cloud white, British green, leaf green sky blue, chocolate brown, and apple red. “It’s a mix of traditional and fresh,” she said.

This is a company with a conscience. In addition to making recycled, sustainable furniture and accessories, it participates in 1% for the Planet, purchases wind power, participates in to offset shipping, uses recycled packaging, and annually plants a tree for every order placed.

Its best-selling product? “It’s the popular – and cozy – Adirondack chair,” Sharon said. “And our Cabrio chair just received the Chicago Athenaeum’s “The Good Design Show 2010” award.”

That’s enough to make a lollygagger sit up and take notice.

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