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Material Sourcing

Material, meet Ingenuity

One of the main aims of MAS 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, we 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.  MAS looks to work with manufacturers, salvage yards and waste management firms to obtain and provide their material waste to designers, architects, or anyone with an idea and an open mind.  We can play a fundamental role by converting this waste into buildings and decorative accents that are beautiful, valuable and innovative.

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We 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 profits; it should form part of our everyday life.

 

We are in the process of providing accreditation for LEED
projects
and government rebates and grants.


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Design

Creativity, meet Resourcefulness 

In addition to sourcing and stocking materials for interested parties, MAS also uses these salvaged materials to create furniture, decorative accents, interiors and exteriors.  Think of us as the anti-Ikea;  completely unique, one of a kind pieces that enhance awareness of an elements' prior life.  

From tables and countertops to sheds and picture frames, MAS looks at what's available and creates accordingly. We try and recognize the beauty and strength of these materials as something to play with and use again. 

We are dedicated to working with reused materials as much as possible, but sometimes with bylaw restraints and issues such as structural integrity, we are required to go with new products.

Have a look at what we have available and what we've already completed.  If you have an idea, but don't have the technical acumen (or time) to do it yourself, we also take on projects of all shapes and sizes, working with reputable designers and contractors to get the job done. 


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Art

Art provides innovative ways of the reuse of materials, elements and products.  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.  It can also help retain the cultural and social narrative of the community - a celebration, if you will, of old materials and styles of years gone by.

The presence of artistic pieces establish a sense of identity: something people can attach meaning and memory to.  The pieces themselves can become bearers of personal memories, and as a whole develop a general collective memory, which can serve as the foundation for identity. The sculptures allow for an experience to be shared by its viewers, both past and present.  With age, the materials used will evoke a feeling of survival. Its ability to have survived brings us closer to it, not just as singular materials, but as the summation of a whole. 

Why is it more beneficial for our society to promote art utilizing reused materials over entirely new ones?

In the contemporary pursuit of sustainable development, communities have a lot to gain from repurposing elements and products designated for the waste stream. Circumventing the wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction alone sells the environmental benefits of reuse. Environmental benefits combined with energy savings and the social advantage of repurposing make these pieces an essential component in creating a sustainable society.

If you are a/an:  Municipality, region, developer, manufacturer, organization, or just a lover of purposeful art, have a look at the ways our pieces could work for you:

  • Supports new vision of urban design - Reducing carbon footprint
  • Introduces the complex fields of sustainability in the public realm
  • Sparks discourse regarding recycled content - changing expectations regarding reclamation 
  • Fosters powerful connection to place
  • Facilitates identification with the community/employees
  • Serves as a continuous, participatory process of social criticism
  • Advances the connection between the patron and their environmental sensibilities

Unless otherwise posted, each sculpture below is available to be showcased or purchased.