This week, Google was awarded patents for their newest innovation, Project Glass. These augmented-reality glasses are rumored to carry the potential to re-design how one operates their daily lives. Check out the video below, which released by Google this week, to see if you agree. And if so, how might this affect how we design the built environment?
Imagine: How Creativity Works explores where innovative thoughts originate and explains how some companies are not working to create environments where they’re more likely to occur. The book suggests that the best ideas come when you least expect them; when you are in a relaxed state. Supporting this idea, designers are incorporating spaces in workspace environments that reduce stress, such as game rooms or relaxation spaces.
In an interview with NPR, author Jonah Lehrer also says that when solving a technical problem, outsiders are often more successful than the expert in the field. Shaw Contract Group applies this thinking in product collaborations. It expands our thinking and encourages us to think differently about our designs.
Skype North America Headquarters
An office recreation space by KlingStubbins
Google Lakeview Campus
Our L7 collection with Bruce Mau
Shaw Hospitality Group collaborated with Thom Filicia on New Terrain
Our newest collaboration, The Music Project with Todd Bracher
In this Radiolab podcast, two physicists explain a mathematical formula that reveals, with surprising accuracy, key statistics of any given city. Based on the “beat” of a city, they can define its population, average wage, crime rate, number of libraries, etc. But what this equation can’t define is what makes each location unique. It’s the details in the built environment that play a major role in making each city its own. Design sets each city apart, imparting a unique personality that can’t be explained by a mathematical equation. In this way, design is human.
Michael Murphy Discusses His Favorite Reads at NeoCon 2013 June 11, 2013
Michael Murphy, Co-Founder and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, engaged in a conversation with NeoCon attendees during a luncheon hosted by Shaw Contract Group. He spoke about improving social equity and health outcomes through design innovations. Michael has a … Continue reading →
Hexagon Wins Best of NeoCon Silver June 10, 2013
Hexagon, Shaw Contract Group’s new six-sided collection, took home Contract Magazine’s Best of NeoCon Silver Award today at NeoCon. This is the twelfth consecutive Best of NeoCon win for Creative Director, Reesie Duncan, and the Shaw Contract Group design team. … Continue reading →
PVC-Free EcoWorx: What Goes Around Comes Around October 25, 2012
Shaw leads the industry in carpet reclamation, collecting more than 90 million pounds annually including reclamation of our EcoWorx products. With proven performance across the globe, and recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for its environmental leadership, EcoWorx is tried, tested, … Continue reading →