Chris McCurry

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How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, accounting for 40 percent of total global use of raw materials. Given dwindling nonrenewable resources throughout the world, it's more important than ever for modern designers to make the jump from energy efficient to energy renewing with green building materials. After all, the use of the right... Continued

How Do I Take Sustainable Interior Design to the Next Level?

The sustainable interior design industry is changing to be more environmentally friendly and more informed about manufacturing practices.  As the buying power of Millennials and Generation Z consumers grows, so too does the importance of their expectation for luxury brands to share their personal values, including patronage of sustainable and/or socially conscious brands and products.  Continued

4 Points to Consider When Choosing Wood Wall Coverings

For designers looking to connect people to nature in a tasteful way, wood wall coverings can be a perfect solution. Wood and bark are naturally beautiful materials that can add authenticity to and enhance luxury interiors in unique ways. Not only that, but it's also biodegradable and carbon sequestering, and can be sourced via sustainable processes. Here are 4 things to consider when choosing... Continued

We Can Do Better Than Sustainable Building Materials

For those seeking better than sustainable materials, the good news is that regenerative materials are here! Everyone seeks to be better or do better or give better. We also want the power of our investments to produce better outcomes. The promise that sustainability would produce “better” has stalled in recent years. Sustainability is defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or... Continued

A New Journey for Ryan Crawley

Please join the Bark House team as we wish Ryan Crawley, Head of Sales, the very best as he begins a new journey. Ryan has been with Bark House for an incredible 13 years and Head of Sales for 10 of those.  His aim has been to support our client’s goals and celebrate their successes.  We appreciate the incredible feedback customers have shared with us about his dedication and the personalized... Continued

Regeneration in Dezeen, Climate Change in Fashion and the 2020 UN Summit

Architecture and Fashion take the stage to increase awareness about the urgency of climate-system-disruption – but is it enough? Michael Pawlyn, AIA told Dezeen Magazine: "We urgently need to look at means to be regenerative" Pawlyn believes the solution is regenerative design – the development of restorative and  Continued

Our State Magazine Details The Living Heritage Of Bark Wall Finishes

The Mountains of North Carolina are about 800 miles from the luxury boutiques of Miami’s bustling design district, but there, on North East 40th Street, in a temple to high-end consumerism, shoppers are confronted with the soulful presence of native North Carolina trees… …all the standards that exist today for this bark product were created by Marty [McCurry].  Peeling bark takes skill and... Continued

Buckminster Fuller Questions – Bark House Responses

A Regenerative Source Guild of the Blue Ridge is the exact initiative that our state needs to be behind in the face of the dire consequences of climate-systems disruption.  The Buckminster Fuller Institute launches various challenges that encourage creators of whole-systems to succinctly communicate their potential, and I routinely take advantage of these exercises.  I was finishing up my... Continued

ASU Job Fair: ID Students Choose Bark House

Interior Design students, Kenneth McGill and Elli Miller at Appalachian State University share why they integrated Bark House wall finishes into their project designs.  Sustainability, beauty and natural materials that excite and inspire creativity are the top reasons for their choice.  Kenneth specified the product for a work setting and Elli chose it for a non-profit kiosk.  Thanks for sharing... Continued

Opening with star-studded events, 1 Hotel is recognized for making Sustainability Sexy

And where would we find Bark House wall coverings?  Behind the Stars, In the Secret Garden – of course. Continued