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Dunbarton High School Named Greenest School on Earth

Congratulations to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, for earning the title of the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. This annual competition, sponsored by the Global Coalition for Green Schools (an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC), recognizes a K-12 school for achievement in its environmental impact, human health and ecoliteracy.

I was honored to be one of the judges for the competition and amazed at what these schools are doing to make a difference in their school and the world. Choosing a single winner was extremely difficult. While reviewing submissions, the jury discovered so many incredible things being done around the world. Dunbarton emerged the winner because of its success meeting each of the three pillars of the competition.

Because the buildings were built in the 1960s, the school focused its efforts to reduce environmental impact on inexpensive retrofits (paid by fundraising efforts from the Environmental Club) and behavioral changes that involve students, teachers, faculty, staff, and the community. I love the fact that the school plans to spend a portion of the prize money on a garden that will be 20% for its own use and 80% for the local food bank.

For the human health component, the school is looking long-term, with a seven-year campus biodiversity program to provide trees to shade an outdoor classroom. The commitment to health continues with providing nutritious options in the cafeteria and vending machines, as well as water fountains with reusable water bottles.

One of the initiatives that separated Dunbarton from the rest is how it’s addressing the remaining pillar – ecoliteracy. Students take what they learn and apply it to their school. For example, science classes monitor school and campus air quality, local stream water quality and school electricity use. The students then use this data to create a conservation plan.

Congratulations Environmental Council

​Pickering Area Trustee Chris Braney congratulating the Environmental Council on their award – Greenest School on Earth.

Seeing the resourceful leadership that went into these entries reinforces our sense of pride in being a partner with the Center for Green Schools. To support the Center and their initiatives, including the Greenest School on Earth competition, go to centerforgreenschools.org and check out Shaw Contract Group’s Cut & Compose collection, 3 tile and 2 broadloom styles for which we are donating 1.5% of the proceeds to the Center for Green Schools.

 

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Retail Showstopper: Silvercar

Two words: luxury & convenience.  Silvercar ‘s unique approach to customer service utilizes mobile technology to benefit customers-on-the-go.  The retail space takes cues from silver Audi A4, the sole vehicle in its fleet. Interiors feature silver metal contrasting with illuminated components and varying textures.  Black leather walls and burl wood veneer enhance the luxury rental experience.  The aesthetic is sharp, evoking movement while keeping a striking sophistication. The customer path is carefully crafted, with features such as the fast lane to usher users to their car – efficiently – similar to highway traffic culture.  Self-kiosks with illuminated resin reflect light into the space like headlights, the space evokes movement while reflecting the client’s luxury car inspiration. And as we all know, the devil is in the details.  Silver walls flanking the iPad kiosk are custom etched with designs representing aerial view of cars on the road. And let’s not overlook the floor – On the Edge carpet tile complements the aesthetic injecting additional dimension into the sleek, refined interior.

PGAL (& Red Earth Designs) Silvercar Space

PGAL (& Red Earth Designs) Silvercar Retail Space

The design community is getting a glimpse of the latest and greatest in retail trends at GlobalShop 2015, happening now in Las Vegas.  Attendees will experience how to create an immersive, innovative retail experience for their clients.  Visit the GlobalShop website for more information on the 2015 speaker and exhibitor line-up.  #weloveretail.

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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.

Color at Work

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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3D printing as typographic art

The Sense of Touch as reinvented in the ColorSense color & trend forecast looked at the tactility of 3D printing – both as an innovation and an art form.  Here, we see how Chinese designer and artist Hongtao Zhou uses 3D printing to replicate cityscapes – created from the lifted letters on a page. With an idea in mind, Zhou attempts to get his shrunken buildings and skyscrapers to match that of his vision – another example of how this modern printing technology allows people to add dimension to their vision.

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Learn more about the above artist here.  View ColorSense here.

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Awaken your Senses with Color

Artist and Illustrator Hyo Taek Kim’s inspiration for his The Colors Of series stem from a childhood spent watching Hayao Miyazaki’s films, esteemed for  their brilliant color. The artist created palettes for Miyazaki’s most popular films displaying each in a simplistic, vertical manner.  See more at design-milk.com

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Much like we did with ColorSense, our recent trend+color forecast, Hyo Taek Kim offers an interpretation of trends that raise awareness of sensory influences and nurture direct human connections.  The eight palettes in revealed in the ColorSense film are are designed to appeal to our senses – even those that are non-traditional.

ColorSense Palettes

Shaw Contract Group’s ColorSense Palettes

The ColorSense film can be viewed here and more information is available in the 2014 Design Is Magazine.

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