These days, investing in the future can be a crap shoot. Still, sometimes it feels good to put money towards a home essential that you can be as sure of as your Sunday paper. Case in point, Kosmos Designs & Ideas is a green design firm that hand-crafts furniture from reclaimed teak found in venues like railroads, boats, and docks in South East Asia. Renowned for their modern beds, benches, and tables, Kosmos Designs can ratchet up the cool factor of your crib, and literally give you the Asian street cred of that adventure vacation you can't quite afford just now.

This article originally appeared in Plenty in December 2008.

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