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Designing the journey..

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Italy’s Cavita di Bagnoregio sits atop a plateau of volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley. Shaw Contract Group Creative Director, Reesie Duncan, spent time here earlier this year. Admired for its ancient architecture – the town’s unaltered condition is due to its relative isolation.

Scenes from a weaving co-op in Goreme, Turkey as snapped by Shaw Contract Group VP of Marketing John Stephens while on vacation.

Scenes from a weaving co-op in Goreme, Turkey as snapped by Shaw Contract Group VP of Marketing John Stephens while on vacation.

Design is a journey that awakens our senses.  As we immerse ourselves in the global community, we are  enlightened by culture and captivated by contrast.  We expand our craft, learning time-honored techniques from long-practiced artisans.  We revel in the process and find balance in the pauses.  All the better to step outside our own world and become part of something greater.  

These words are on the opening page for our 2014 Design Is… magazine, but they represent much more than well-placed copy.  At the Shaw Contract Group offices, we celebrate the sense of place.  It defines where we work, where we play, where we rest and where we reflect.  Design is all around us and channeled through us. Design is Place.

Click here to scroll through a few of the sights from Creative Director, Reesie Duncan’s Mediterranean excursion as well as images shared by John Stephens, VP of Marketing on his recent vacation in Turkey. We’ll be adding more images here to document our adventures so make sure you are following us on Pinterest.

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SND + 3Gatti: Computerized Carvings Create Retail Landscape

Check out this space!  3Gatti’s design for fashion label SND’s storefront in Chongqing, China yields an ethereal, dreamlike landscape that exudes movement and a new type of experience within the retail environment. By pairing computerized carvings coupled with mirrored spaces and thin, translucent materials, the design team was able to mimic the natural landscape. Design elements and creative direction in this project are in keeping with the insights of ColorSense, Shaw Contract Group’s recently launched color and trend forecast – due to launch online on November 15.

SND retail space offers an ethereal experience for visitors

SND retail space offers an ethereal experience for visitors

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Open House Creates a Creative Community Area in Alabama Town

Artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Coleman Center for the Arts, and the people of York, Alabama have teamed up to transform one of York’s most iconic blighted properties into a new public space. Open House is a house with a secret, it physically transforms from the shape of a house into an open air theater that seats one hundred people by having its walls and roof fold down.

OPEN HOUSE – Matthew Mazzotta 2013 from matthew mazzotta on Vimeo.

The metamorphosis of Open House is designed to require cooperation. It takes four people one and a half hours to unfold the structure. The foundation is made of used railroad ties which anchor the custom fabricated industrial hinges to five rows of stadium seating. The rows of seats fold down with the aid of a hand winch and enough manpower to counter balance the hefty, but agile structure.

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Through the project, the artist hopes to directly address the lack of public space in York, AL by providing a physical location that becomes a common ground for community dialogue and activities. The new structure carries the weight of the past through the materials that were salvaged and repurposed from the old structure, most visibly the original pink siding. When Open House is fully unfolded, it provides an opportunity for people to come together and experience the community from a new perspective. When it folds back up, it resembles the original abandoned house, reminding people of the history of what was there before.

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#Floorcore. It’s a new hashtag obsession that is spreading like wild fire among design-loving Instagrammers. It’s tough to get enough of the inspiring tiles, antique rugs, inlaid hardwoods, and more people are sharing from around the world. Here are some of Lonny’s favorite snaps:

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The retro fabulous carpet at Portland International Airport even has its own Instagram account: @pdxcarpet.

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In the artist enclave of Sidi Bou Said in northern Tunisia.

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Lonny editor on a hex-happy carpet by Kinderground at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

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Lonny editor following a yellow brick road.

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This fashion photographer found some cool tiles

 Images: Lonny

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A Simple Design Fix to that Awkward Public Bathroom Moment

One of the worst things about public bathroom stalls is how hard it is to tell when someone’s in them. A lot of people end up resorting to that not-at-all awkward practice of peeking under the door, looking for feet.

A company called Tooshlights is promising a way to end this embarrassment and make that line of desperate people move more quickly, too. Its simple LED light sensors turn green when a stall is free and red when it’s occupied.

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The company just installed its technology at The Hollywood Bowl, which claims the lights have “improved the flow of traffic.” The company says its lights are appropriate for basically any venue where bathroom queues often form. According to Tooshlights, more than 66% of the time, facilities do have vacant stalls, but guests are not aware of them or are not moving to them quickly enough. Could an idea so simple be the future of public bathroom design?

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Images: Fast Company

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