The Benefits of Wood Wall Finishes

From visual and auditory aesthetics to its many, many green qualities, wood offers countless architecture and design benefits. Certainly, nothing beats the presence and force of nature’s beauty on the walls of a living or working space. Shall we count the ways? Continued

How to Choose Split Rail Fence Materials for Sustainable Architecture & Design

Picture an idyllic pastoral farm or historic battlefield outlined by a time-worn rustic fence. It's a design element that pays tribute to our American heritage, celebrating and remembering the painstaking labor that once went into the traditional art of split rail fencing. Appreciating one of these historic fences is one thing, but incorporating one into a modern design project is another. When... Continued

Bark Siding Celebrates Family Cabin Legacy

It's often true that a family's past is just as important to them as their future — if not more so. When Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects was contacted by this client, he knew that was the case: They had just purchased new lakefront property, with a vision. They wanted more space to host and build their family traditions than their previous cabin would allow. But they wanted the current... Continued

Considering the Principles of Regenerative Design for Your Project

An increasing number of designers and architects want to bring sustainable and regenerative concepts to their luxury architecture and interiors, both to create groundbreaking projects and to have a developmental impact. But what exactly does regenerative design mean? How do we begin to consider the regenerative capacity of our projects? The nature of regenerative design is to be holistic. So just... Continued

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.  PHOTO... 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

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

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

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