When available, I use salvaged materials to create furniture, decorative accents, interiors and exteriors. Think of it as a complement to IKEA—completely unique, one of a kind pieces that enhance awareness of an element’s prior life.
Reusing materials doesn't stop with art and furniture. Adding second life materials in building projects can dramatically enhance spaces and places. Adding custom, one of a kind accents to a mass produced kitchen, for example, can not only make a statement, it will make it yours. With art, using recycled material to create a sculpture can help foster more conversation and change in the dialogue of making the places in which we live—cleaner, safer and wiser.
One of the my main goals is to take the positives of recycling one step further. Instead of the wasteful practice of transporting and breaking down enormous amounts of material only to be regenerated, I look to shortcut these flows by reusing the materials and products in their original or slightly altered state. No added transportation or production costs. More clean space and fresh air.
There are already many organizations that offer reused building supplies and architectural salvage. I'm in the process of teaming with manufacturers, salvage yards and waste management firms to obtain and provide their material waste to designers, architects, or anyone with an idea and open mind.
We can play a fundamental role by converting this waste into buildings and decorative accents that are beautiful, valuable and innovative.
I take this idea earnestly.
We need to go back to placing our waste within a living cycle, in order to create a more appropriate system for surviving on this planet. We can work towards a goal of guaranteeing our future through the changes of our consumption habits and assessing what we throw away. The management of material waste should not be an entity that earns designers accolades and profit; it should form part of our everyday life.