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Today's trend in design is definitely leaning towards sustainability. Creating mass-produced items make it impossible to use reclaimed or recycled materials commercially, which in turn have craftsmen in high in demand. The revival of traditional craftsmanship is seamlessly weaving its way into our homes, thanks to our generation's new-found love for handcrafted goods.
Take, for example, the work of designer Enver Koneya. When it comes to building furniture or constructing interiors, Enver turns to recycled materials from places like Building Resources and Urban Ore here in the Bay Area. Wood discarded from old buildings is abundant and affordable, making Enver's quest to incorporate his green ideals possible. With a little sanding, buffing, and cutting, he gives new life to old oak planks, turning them into chairs, tables, and anything in between.
One of his projects, Public Barber Salon in the Tenderloin District, is the perfect marriage of earth friendly and quality design to create an impressive ambiance. The wall in the salon's waiting area is covered with wood panels scavenged from Building Resources, providing a classic look to the stylish downtown salon. Steven Jester, owner of Public, came up with ideas for the interior of the space with Enver, both agreeing that reclaimed materials were the way to go; not only to save money, but to create a "lived in" feel and to give the salon a look all its own.
Another project Enver shared with us is his artistic vision to create privacy for a friend's small apartment with shared rooms. What do you do when you don't have a door or walls to separate your space from your roommate? Make a wall out of doors! It creates an instant privacy barrier that can also double as an art piece.
There are many varied options to incorporate sustainability and recycling into everyday design, and places like Building Resources and creative minds like Enver make it all possible, allowing our landfills to be less crowded, one garbage pile at a time.
It just goes to show that design doesn't always come with a high price tag, as long as you are inventive, creative, and good with hammers.

Visit Building Resources
701 Amador Street, San Francisco
Check Out Public Barber Salon
571 Geary Street, San Francisco