We’re going big on sustainability in 2019, and every month we’ll feature what we regard as a key initiative in the field – something that combines the preservation of our planet (yes, it’s that critical these days), with a damned fine design aesthetic. This month, we’re looking at a favourite of ours – Beirut’s wabu – which was established by two of our favourite people – the brother and sister team of Carl and Christelle Bardawil.

Coming from a fine woodworking and artisanal background – their family-business is Kitmo, a super-cool wood flooring, and kitchen design outfit founded in 1961 and based on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital – the siblings have spent recent years redefining the brand’s sharp and uber-desirable contemporary design edge.

With a social conscience, the two have also added an offshoot of the main business, something they’re calling a ‘vegan brand’ – that’s wabu… wood after being used.

What is it?

Reclaimed wood, with imperfections preserved, used to create some really useful pieces of furniture.

Sustainability credentials?

Instead of chopping down trees to make their furniture, wabu searches the world for abandoned wood – they’re breathing new life into discarded timber.

They’ve gone through their business model from top to bottom and also ensured the packaging for the self-assembly items is recycled and recyclable.

Design credentials?

Simple designs, each of which makes a practical and stylish addition to the home of the socially and environmentally aware citizen of the world. Recommended. 

Find out more at www.getwabu.com

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