As the winners of the 2015 Design Is…Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the winning projects. These are their stories.
Here, Onepointzero designer Tracy Lynch spoke with us about the specific, South African-inspired design approach.
Describe this project in one word. African.
How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?
Located in Johanessburg, Central Kitchen is comprised of converted warehouse spaces and incredibly supportive interior design – the open plan spaces initiated a collaborative working environment, and the inspired art collection serves as inspiration for the team. By combining real materials and authentic local designer pieces, we connect daily work to a sensory experience, deeply embedded in a powerful local context.
Design is a process. Explain your journey. To Follow.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow? Collaboration is key. Harnessing the creative energy of South African designers result in a rich and layered interior story. The collaborative process of infusing spaces with pieces challenge me as a designer to become a designer curator. The process added extraordinary value to the end product and allowed the true creative spirit of South Africa into the spaces.