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Home decor with purpose.

We 're a multiple awards-winning home decor social enterprise. We create beautiful pieces with meaning and purpose. We use reclaimed materials and architectural salvage whenever feasible and blend traditional techniques with modern designs. We create work opportunities for marginalized persons and help them become great artisans. Our flagship brand is called Beyt (house or home in Semitic languages).

"We see beauty in everything "

Benedicte

OUR STORY

The story of 2b design started when the French designer Benedicte de Vanssay de Blavous Moubarak moved with her husband Raja and their children to Beirut, Lebanon. In Lebanon, Benedicte became immediately drawn to the unique style of traditional 18th and 19th century Levantine houses inspired by Venetian, French and Ottoman architecture. The massive destruction of old structures mostly due to unchecked real estate development and to a lesser extent to conflict took its toll on the architectural heritage with very few traditional houses left standing.

Benedicte's desire to rescue a disappearing heritage was the spark that started the project. She decided to travel the country's towns and villages in search of discarded old wrought iron balustrades, railings, window frames and other pieces of architectural salvage which at best would have ended up melted down into car parts. In addition to the disappearing heritage other challenges existed as well: lack of access to training and employment of marginalized and disabled persons, little respect for the environment, lingering tensions between different communities.

With a strong desire to make a difference on multiple levels, our mission was born: to restore the unseen beauty of the broken.

Our mission hay 6 key dimensions blended into our business model:

OUR ARTISANS

Since the start of our social enterprise many incredible women and men have been or continue to be a part of our journey. They all have moving personal stories of transformation. Lorraine’s rebirth from homelessness: “I’ve been blessed...something being old and coming from a long distance, not knowing where it's been before it reached here — that's like me, never knowing the founders of [beyt] but they've reached out to offer me an opportunity to build my life back and do something different." Omar in his wheelchair describing how he works with Benedicte: “She is the mind, I am the body”. Wafa from a gypsy slum becoming a role model. Nada and Rania “lifting the burden off their families. Michel with cerebral palsy confiding to a reporter “Before I was a machine now I am a creator”...Click on their names below to read their story:

OUR PRODUCTS

What started exclusively with items made out of architectural salvage has evolved over the years and now includes an expanded product offering.

THE MARQUETRY COLLECTION

Blending the centuries-old art of marquetry with contemporary designs we recently launched a line of high quality handcrafted wood trays, wall mirrors, versatile small tables and lamps. Our marqueters are conflict-displaced artisans.

ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE

We continue to create lamps, tables, mirrors, wall art out of discarded architectural salvage. Old wrought-iron balustrades,wooden doors, railings and balconies take on a new life. The transformation is amazing...

BAGS, CLUTCHES AND PILLOWS

Using fabric remnants from prestigious high fashion French designer brands we make bags, clutches and pillows. The burst of color is a feast for the eye ! Benedicte carefully selects each fabric and material going into our items - woven wool, cotton, linen, high quality leather etc. We work with displaced women artisans for our pillows and with a small family workshop in the Armenian neighborhood of Beirut for our bags.

PRESS MENTIONS & AWARDS

We have been featured in a number of international media outlets. We are a case study in social entrepreneurship featured in the Harvard Business Review and prestigious universities invited us to share our model or participate as panelists. We have received multiple awards and our model has been recognized internationally.

Between 2014 and January 2018 we joined the community of Certified B Corporations, a community of businesses around the world dedicated to solving social and environmental issues.

Here are just a few links to the media coverage:

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Our products have been sold to customers in the US, Europe, the Middle East and other regions. We chose to include the testimonials below that are representative of the feelings of a large majority of our customers:

“I bought a lamp at [beyt] and it’s such happiness therapy! I look at it, recognize its beauty and everything linked with it.” Lynn D.
“The experience of buying a coffee table from [beyt] is not simply a transaction, but a connection to things that matter in this world. And out of that comes the most incredible beauty -- not only in the pieces of art they sell, but in the way they do business.” Billie J.
“The items in your store were a perfect combination of beauty and inspiration. Each piece we purchased, the lamp and lamp shade, glass votives, copper pots and sachets of lavender were beautiful gifts to special friends and family. How you make these pieces of art also made us feel great about how we were helping to make a difference in a small way. We told your stories to the people who received each special gift and how we were supporting our global community and building bridges. “ Jill & Larry

CONTACT INFORMATION

Beirut showroom by appointment: 2b design, Saba Building, 3rd floor, Furn Elhayek street, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon

email us at bm@2bdesign.biz

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