When I first started MASON DD, my main intention was to produce environments that were socially and environmentally responsible. I had a rough start on this, I would offer sustainable pieces and clients were not responding to them. With time I realized that when we proposed environmentally conscious items, they felt it would be too expensive, or that we were offering them for that reason only without thinking of usability or aesthetic.
Since then, we have been able to work with many wonderful clients that understand the importance of sustainable design. Here are some tips for you to create a beautiful space without harming the environment.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE WITH CHIC ANTIQUES
Interior design, whether commercial or residential, is by its nature a very personal process. Adding vintage finds to a room brings with it a sense of history and belonging. Those pieces don’t have to be large and expensive but can be a special ceramic you found in your trip to Morocco or a small art piece from the local flea market. In addition, to bring warmth and history, vintage pieces touch the number one principal to protect the environment by reducing the number of items produced in the world. If you are just now starting to think of using vintage pieces in your home, try by going to the flea market or searching online on 1stDibs, Etsy or Charish. Even companies like CB2 are bringing antiques into their stores so take a look at their new collection of antiques, curated by Charlie Ferrer (CB2 x FERRER).
When you shop locally, you are not only helping the local economy but you are also reducing the carbon footprint of items coming from far away. We love shopping from LA the most but when we do projects in the Hamptons or Martha’s Vineyard, we try to find local vendors for items already in the area. In all of our international projects, from Hong Kong to the coasts of Brazil and Costa Rica, we always find great local pieces to add to our designs.
When it comes to sustainable design, the materiality of what you source makes all the difference. Cork, bamboo, rattan, reclaimed wood, and woods coming from responsible forests will help reduce the number of trees cut worldwide. Companies like From the Source and Adrianna Shamaris have beautiful pieces that will bring texture and a sense of calm to your space without sacrificing design.
ENDORSE THOSE WHO CARE
Information is easy to find these days, this is why we need to do our research and support companies that understand the importance to produce in a responsible way. Companies like Coyuchi which produce stylish and minimalist luxury bed sheets made of 100% Fairtrade-certified GOTS-certified organic cotton or even Ikea who introduced this month their new Tänkvärd collection inspired by natural materials and sustainability.
Happy Earth Day! Now go and make a difference.