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green & modern

August 18, 2011

Joe Manus has stacks of corrugated cardboard, piles of plywood and other wood scraps in his warehouse in Atlanta’s West End.

From these throwaway materials, Manus and his company, Shiner International, design and make eco-friendly furniture and light fixtures that are elegant, innovative and affordably priced.

Manus  hasn’t always been a modern furniture designer. But when the real estate market went south and construction projects dried up, Manus, a general contractor, reinvented himself.

Instead of designing and building commercial and residential spaces in the Atlanta area, he refocused — on furniture. In January 2010, Shiner International won “Best of Show” for visual merchandising at Atlanta’s International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Other shows followed. And stores lined up to offer his sleek, green designs.

The lean Pant Rocker is made of upcycled carbon steel. The woods are a blend of discarded cherry, oak, walnut and maple pieces. The chair measures 32 inches wide by 33 inches high by 34 inches deep.

The rocker is available for $849 at Suite Spot, 1465 Chattahoochee Ave. NW, Suite 450, Atlanta, 404-891-1000,  

The chandelier (in photo) is  made of upcycled cardboard and plywood. It is $749. It is also available at Suite Spot, a home boutique.

Learn more about Manus, his bold designs and his company at


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