Category Archives: Inspiration

#ShawLocalConvo encourages discussion on sustainability drivers

As part of Shaw Contract Group’s prequel to GreenBuild 2015, we decided to engage Twitter followers directly with a tweet chat focused around safe building practices, material health and trending issues around sustainability. Followers can chime in using #shawlocalconvo to answer questions, share resources and respond to other  opinions. Featured guests @RachelGutter, SVP of Knowledge for the U.S. Green Building Council, and Shaw Industries Product Sustainability Manager Kellie Ballew shared their insight and provided clarification as needed. Some of the condensed highlights from this conversation is shared in the feed below:

 

The conversation about designing for a positive impact is ongoing – stay tuned for additional content around material health and sustainable topics leading up to GreenBuild.  Another tweet chat is scheduled to occur during the event – so make sure to follow our feed.   We’ve also slated several speakers for Conversations in the Park, so make sure to visit us in booth #1305 for these opportunities to engage with sustainability leaders.

Visit shawcontractgroup.com for detailed information about our approach to material health and product sustainability.  Shaw’s corporate-wide sustainability goals and initiatives are communicated in our 2014 sustainability report.

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Cell Theory is Design Multiplied for a Global Audience

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Shaw Hospitality Goes Global with Cell Theory

Shaw Hospitality Group launched their first ever global broadloom carpet collection with a burst of energy (courtesy of the tasty Shaw-spresso above!) and fresh perspective at Equipotel 2015 in Sao Paulo this week! Equipotel has been the mecca for the hospitality, food and services industry in Latin America for over 53 years. It is among the world’s five biggest events in the industry and a must for any brand looking to distinguish itself on an international stage.

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The Inspiration Behind Cell Theory

A theory in biology that includes one or both of the statements that the cell is the fundamental structural and functional unit of living matter and that the organism is composed of autonomous cells with its properties being the sum of those of its cells. – Webster’s Dictionary

Formal definitions aside, elegant design is structured at an elemental level and multiplied out. Cells are the building blocks of life and are the foundation of Cell Theory.

Cell Theory is the product of another creative collaboration between David Rockwell, founder of the legendary architecture firm Rockwell Group. Evolving along the same organic lines of flight that inspired Natural Curiosities, Cell Theory provides an ethereal view of the microscopic that expands out at a macro level.

We started to think about a collection that would capture some of the elegance you see in plant life. We wanted to create a beautiful, organic yet abstract palette that other designers could breathe life into. – David Rockwell

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Growing Global

Cell Theory will continue its coming out party by visiting the Best Western, IHG and Motel 6 conferences at the end of September and turn heads across the pond at Europe’s foremost hospitality design event, Sleep. Elegant design transcends all artificial boundaries and Cell Theory is an extrapolation of fundamental beauty that inspires. Expect more innovative design in the hospitality space as Shaw Hospitality Group continues to accelerate forward as a global brand built around innovative hospitality flooring design that accentuates any space.

Cell Theory Inspiration Video 

Cell Theory Collection Page

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MoMA’s COSMO purifies water + powers summer music series

Calling all art lovers, music lovers and Earth lovers:

The MoMA PS1 gallery (dedicated to experimental art) now features an outdoor installation that mechanically uses plants and customized irrigation concepts to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, which, once purified, signals the device to glow at its center – providing pulsating light for Warm Up, the gallery’s summer concert series in Long Island City.

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Designed by Andres Jacques/Office for Political Innovation, the concept was realized through the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which spotlights emerging firms doing experimental work.

Learn more about the program and COSMO’s sustainable design in this article on azuremagazine.com

 

 

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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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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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