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And the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners Are…

Firms Celebrated for Design Excellence Around the World

In its tenth year, the Shaw Contract Group Design Is…Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Seven projects out of 477 entries from 30 countries were selected as winners. Through these winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, we see how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

“After ten years and more than 2,200 entries from across the world, the Design Is… Award continues to champion design excellence across global market segments,” says John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. “The Design is… Award program celebrates beautiful spaces – but layered with the delivery of innovative solutions, impacting how individuals encounter, approach and ultimately use a space.”

And the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners are (drumroll please)…

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Firm: Nando’s | Johannesburg South Africa

Project: Central Kitchen | Johannesburg South Africa

The new campus comprises seven inter-connected buildings, designed to be a functional and highly-productive articulation of a sophisticated, forward-thinking, South African aesthetic.

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Firm: +Architects | Santiago Chile

Project: Showroom Multicarpet Rollux | Santiago Chile

Keeping client relationships at the forefront, the design of this space provides a solution to the functional and climatic requirements of the building. A large, central library and optimal control of natural light pair well with natural elements like steel, stone and concrete.

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Firm: EGBARQ | Santiago Chile

Project: School of Rock Santiago | Santiago Chile

As Chile’s first academic venue for North American music, this space called for rich design that’s young, fresh and exudes movement. Incorporating container sheets, brick, wicker and cement finishes, the firm created an informal atmosphere. Graphic elements add to the richness of the interior.

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Firm: Jackson Clements Burrows | Melbourne Australia

Project: Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus | Melbourne Australia

The campus spans a full city block and provides a balance of sophistication and playfulness in a flexible environment, as dictated by the key principles of: connection, experience, diversity, journey and engagement. Intuitive circulation and cross-campus sightlines punctuate primary pathways.

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Firm: Forme UK | London UK

Project: Somerset House | London UK

Aiming for seamless transition and addressing the architectural openness, transparency and permeability of design, designers gave a deft touch to the historic structure through a process of non-intrusive rejuvenation.

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Firm: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Ewing Cole | New York NY

Project: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: West Harrison | Harrison NY

114,000 SF of modern, intuitive space is designed to maximize patient comfort and reduce anxiety, crafting a transformational patent experience. Material sections convey optimism, strength, understanding and hope. A soft, muted palette creates a calm, serene environment to help patients relax.

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Firm: Metaphore Design | Montreal Canada

Project: Showroom Microsoft | Montreal Canada

Washed in natural light, this 4,000 square-foot conference center features leading technology within its six meeting rooms and attached training facility. A neutral palette and intense color is used to brand and engage. Sleek organic shapes greet visitors, who have the option to relax or exchange conversation between sessions. The charcoal and white palette adds contrast throughout the space.

Twenty distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. The jurors reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.

The judging panel included:

  • Bradley Barnett, Guild 13
  • Ron Bateman, HOK
  • Brian Berry, Gensler
  • Stephanie Clements, THW Design
  • Sandra Cortner, Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Tim L. Cowell, The Walt Disney Company
  • Victor Feingold, Metrobuilding
  • Cynthia Ann Haight, ThenDesign Architecture
  • Joan Insel, Callison
  • Shane Kelly, tp bennett
  • Jonathan Kim, Steven Leach & Associates Inc.
  • Jiayi Li, Shanghai Architectural Decoration and Landscape Design Research Institute
  • Geraldine Maher, Jackson Architecture
  • Karen Miller, NBBJ
  • Bill Puetz, Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV Design
  • Rob Toner, Cox Enterprises Inc.
  • Erica Wickes, 34F Design Inc.
  • Elisa Worden, Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Charles Young, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials.

View the 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners video to see the best and brightest design minds breathe life into their breathtaking design visions.

Firms can currently enter the 2016 Design Is…Award competition at the Shaw Contract Group site.

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Diamond Head a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Makoto Horiike addresses the design process for Diamond Head in Tokyo Japan.

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Describe this project in one word.

静謐 Tranquility.

How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

A space filled with white, transparent atmosphere and symmetrical beauty offers a serene setting. Softer materials are used for comfort, a benefit for employees as they engage and collaborate within the work space. Design is a process.  The primary goal for this design is for on-site visitors to easily understand the client’s brand identity.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

Instead of simply decorating the surface of the target place, we should always aim for inhabitants to grasp the space through the design.

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Louis Dreyfus a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Andy Cheyne addresses the design process for Louis Dreyfus in Calgary Canada. 

Describe this project in one word. Responsive.

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

In this case, the mantra “choice equals personal effectiveness” resonated during the programming process and in the resulting design. By providing access to shared-public, shared-private or quiet-private space the space becomes responsive to the needs of its users.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

By beginning the project with getting to know our client Louis Dreyfus, we talked through their culture, their challenges and their vision, and were able to unveil the need for open collaboration, technology choices, and a bright interactive space. The result was a seamless open floorplan providing quiet areas with non-built components like furniture, drapery and ceiling elements that softly delineate the zones. Adjacent to the central staff café is a technology hub, with optimal video-conferencing collaboration. Against a neutral palette, cobalt blues and lemon yellows were used to brand and engage the employees, a further response to the need for a bright and interactive environment.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

For us, design is more than how a workplace looks. We believe good design has the power to transform how that workplace functions. By working with the team at Louis Dreyfus and learning about their organization’s goals, we were able to create an award winning space responsive to their needs.

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Security Sat a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Pablo Redondo addresses the design process for Security Sat in Santiago, Chile.

Describe this project in one word. Interaction.

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?Beauty as we understand it, is a complex and unique state of shapes and language. It is also a pleasant state of mind and that’s how design can impact a space user. It gives a state of beauty.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey. Our journey begins in the understanding of the client – and the client’s objective. Concepts can be difficult to translate to other minds, so it is very important to understand how to relate to and find the correct visual language. Next, we identify practices or non-practices that separate the user from the identified goal. Proposal is the key to unlock resistance and uncertainty. This is very important to understand the client language – and being able to communicate solutions and added value.

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?  I believe the most important factor in the design process is to focus on the client instead of ourselves as designers. We will be understood as long as we speak so they will understand. Communication is the key and it is our responsibility.

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What’s Trending in Retail

Spring is approaching, and with it brings new trends and fresh palettes.  In terms of color, we will see more cool, soft shades. According to the Pantone Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report, a mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals will take center stage this season. Patterns range from floral to tropical with a mix of cool and warm tones (think ice blue and lemon yellow).

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Pantone Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report

In the realm of merchandising,  GlobalShop 2015 attendees will glimpse current and upcoming trends in retail as they pertain to an immersive, innovative shopping experience.  With breakout sessions focusing on store design and visual merchandising, consumer insights and the path to purchase, participants will learn about the technologies shaping retail and how to best leverage opportunities and engage consumeres.  Held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the show begins today and runs through March 26.

Color plays a significant role in our lives and in our surroundings – whether at home, work or play. As consumers, it shapes our retail  experience.  As designers, it motivates and inspires new ways of thinking about interior spaces.

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Color at Work

Shaw Contract Group’s Color at Work collection merges fields of colors and pixelated patterns for brilliant installation options.  Creative installtion options abound with ColorFrame/ColorForm‘s 24×24 and 9×26 tile products to make either a monochromatic or progressive color statement.

Visit GlobalShop’s website for more information on the 2015 event’s speaker and exhibitor line-up.  #weloveretail.

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