Beyt by 2b Design, a social enterprise based in Cambridge, MA, places importance on the preservation of cultural and architectural preservation. Known casually as Beyt, it is owned by an international design/business-savvy couple who pick through salvage yards in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt to salvage parts of destroyed traditional homes, which they then upcycle into stunning and unique home design pieces.
Beyt’s mission also involves minority empowerment and post-conflict reconciliation, and it therefore prioritises employing individuals from minority communities, including women, the disabled, the Roma, refugees and the homeless, among others. These employees aide in the creative process of reimagining Beyt’s pieces, most of which are crafted from 18th, 19th and 20th-century wrought iron gates and wooden frames which are transformed into lamps, candleholders and tables.
For those who are interested in decorating their homes with pieces that are sure to start a conversation, check out Beyt’s flagship store at 185 Mt. Auburn St., just off of Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. If you aren’t in town, click here to visit their online shop.