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Noble Materials Grabs the Gold at BDNY

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Shaw Hospitality Group designers Maria Scott and Omoleye Adeyemi pose in front of the award winning collection they created.

Noble Materials, Shaw Hospitality Group’s newest running line custom carpet collection, was a showstopper at BDNY 2015 claiming first place in the flooring category of the product competition.

BDNY (Boutique Design New York) is the preeminent trade show for the hospitality & leisure design industry organized each year by Boutique Design Magazine. With an emphasis on aesthetics and function, BDNY creates a two day forum for design teams and manufacturers to connect and ultimately define what’s next in the hospitality design space. Over 600 carefully curated booths cover roughly 80,000 net sq. feet and feature a panoply of products to peruse including furnishings, lighting, fabrics, wall coverings, bath and spa, and flooring. It’s generally held concurrently with HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS) at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.

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Shaw Hospitality Group designers studied the charts and diagrams ancient alchemists meticulously plotted in the search to transform base metals into noble metals, such as gold, silver and copper to inspire the overall look and feel of the collection. Layered in luxury, modern marquetry is interpreted via pattern and data-inspired inlays for an exquisite flooring statement. Displayed in tones of deep grays and navy with a gold metallic accent, the tufted carpet collection gives designers endless options in more than 280 colors. With multiple field, broadloom, rug and corridor patterns, plus a collection of 24 inch x 24 inch carpet tiles, the collection color palette and pattern scale can be changed to create custom looks for any space. Noble Materials is a design catalyst that translates to various manufacturing technologies. Per the Shaw Contract Group standard, the broadloom and tile products in this collection are Cradle to Cradle — Bronze Certified and are fully assessed for human and material health. Made with Shaw’s patented EcoSolution Q nylon & EcoWorx Tile, these products are recyclable, contribute to LEED & are backed by a full environmental guarantee. You can actually see one of the custom designs come to life, via pigment swirled in water, by viewing the Noble Materials Collection video.

Next up on Shaw Hospitality Group’s road tour is the two-day Sleep Event starting Nov. 24th in London at the Business Design Centre. Considered to be Europe’s foremost hospitality design event, we are all confident that Noble Materials and Cell Theory will keep the momentum going and bring home some hardware from across the pond. Make sure to visit the Shaw Hospitality Group site for our updated event calendar and all things Noble Materials.

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Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus a 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of Global 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, Natalie Boston from Jackson Clements Burrows addresses the design process for Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus in Melbourne, Australia.

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Describe this project in one word.

Connectivity.

Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The original site had evolved via the ad-hoc connection of five separate buildings into a 3200 sqm single floor plate spanning an entire city block. The outcome was a large floor plate with very little natural light, disjointed planning and difficult wayfinding.

Our key objective was to enable the planning and design of the college to facilitate a level of interaction within the college community that would lead to a strong and cohesive student cohort. Our journey commenced as a highly collaborative process in which the idea for an internal urban campus was developed to meet Monash’s vision of a design solution that would explore and challenge the preconceptions of traditional tertiary teaching spaces.  Our planning strategy which embraced the key principles of Connection, Experience, Diversity, Journey, Engagement and Choice.

Following these key principals, we proceeded to forge cross-campus connections via a primary pathway that connected and linked the entire floorplate.

The result is a unique urban campus that offers a balance of sophistication and fun in a flexible functional environment that complements Monash’s vision of a visionary design solution for the International Bachelor of Business.

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

The brief called for a diverse facility that would allow teaching and learning to occur in an innovative and flexible way, to support a ‘student-centered’ pedagogy of active learning.

A variety of informal & more structured learning spaces were pivotal to a successful design, providing the users choice.

Enabling both independent learning and collaborative group work, both formally and informally to encourage knowledge sharing and spontaneous exchanges.

Bookable ‘formal classroom’ spaces are available in varying sizes, rich in AV and designed to accommodate both collaborative group work & AV centric information delivery modes, including two large 70-80ppl flat floored Lectorial spaces, provide choice and options for lecturers and students alike to choose the right format space for the specific task to be undertaken, be that a lecture, flip-classroom workshop or discussion group.

The final result provides the following;

  • Space planning with a hierarchy of ‘campus’ connections to form the basis of a collegiate cohort.
  • A spatial solution informed by the urban context, providing an aspirational ‘inner-city’ experience, enhanced by planning that encourages ‘travel’ and spontaneous interaction.
  • A vibrant environment conducive to networking that encourages peer to peer interaction
  • Classrooms, each with a unique identity, that can be easily reconfigured to suit different teaching styles and disciplines
  • A variety of convivial communal and individual break out spaces, providing choice and opportunity to study or socialise between classes, promoting a ‘sticky’ campus.
  • An easy interface between the teachers and students to encourage discussion and interaction.

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We searched for a flooring product that could work harmoniously with both the planning and the design requirement for diverse spaces, each possessing a unique identity across a wide spectrum, from subtle sophistication to stimulating and vibrant.

The interlocking and non-linear nature of the Hexagon range was ideal, for a number of reasons, including;

  • to control the flow and pattern of the carpet and colour in any direction, particularly important in reinforcing the circulation and connectivity of the meandering primary pathway.
  • playing with pattern and colour allowed us to blur the thresholds between spaces, which reinforced their flexible and free flowing nature.
  • designed layout so colour ‘flowed’ across room thresholds and into the primary pathway; this identified rooms from a distance and assisted in intuitive wayfinding
  • Each learning space was prescribed a distinct colour, as part of the desire for theses spaces to feel different. The choice of different tones of the same colour, allowed us to colour-block rooms and create an intensity at the centre of the room that dissipated towards the rooms perimeter.

The Hexagon carpet tile significantly contributed to this project’s success outcome by supporting a strong design concept through the product’s innovative form and unparalleled flexibility.

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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?

In a fast paced, accelerated programme project where the client brief is not fully developed, it is critical to produce a return brief for client sign off to capture and describe your best understanding of the clients aspirations, and in doing so become a valuable brief development tool & tracker.

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Santiago School of Rock a 2015 Design Is…Award Global Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of Global 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, Enrique Gonzalez Barrenechea from EGBARQ addresses the design process for School of Rock in Santiago Chile.

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Describe this project in one word.

Roquero (closest translation:  rocky – like mountainous terrain)

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

We focus design around experiences, how users live and how we can enhance, exalt it, feel and transmit. Santiago School of Rock is an experience of how music lessons and rehearsals can be experienced in different environments. Each room has an educational purpose. We worked with large image formats representing the different styles, classes and celebrities to help convey ‘rock’ in the classroom. Students are joyful regarding all aspects of the school – they don’t want to leave, they feel they are part of it. With a good design, the user wants to stay within the experience. Supporting the success of this institution, the school is listed second in enrollment world wide.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The start of the design process has different stages. The first is to establish the real needs of the program. Second, determine how they interact with each other.  This is followed by looking at the technical requirements,  and finally, identifying the resources you have to set up the project. When all of these things are clarified, you open the door to the intuition and interpretation of these goals – and start designing. After a final review of all parts again –  and then of the design, there is a period of back-and-forth – always increasing the quality of the design and to balance of all the inputs. We support our work with 3d images, models, sketchs, drawings, schemes, samples of finishing materials. We are obsessive.

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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?

Before advocating completely to the design of the expression of the project, make sure all technical aspects are in line. If  designing a kitchen, you would first make sure the user will be able to properly cook within this space.

Listen to the client, he knows his needs better than you do.

Allow others to participate in the design process. It´s always good to have the collaboration of others.

No matter the budget you have for the project, there are always ways to be creative. Review the elements and don’t overlook anything. There always ways to improve the design.

Practice coherence. All parts must add up to the major design. The language can be the same but not the expression.

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UCSF Medical Center 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, Trisha Clark addresses the design process for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, CA.

Describe this project in one word. One-for-all!

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How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?This new children’s hospital activates the imagination and engages children’s in joyful activity.  Colorful and interactive architecture, sculptures and imagery provides a positive environment for patients alleviating some of the discomfort and providing inspiration along their path to recovery.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey. 

Working together side-by-side in a truly collaborative environment like the big room, over a long period of time significantly changed the way our designers integrated with the client and we became them and they became us, sharing each other’s concerns and passion for creativity.

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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?

It takes a great deal of time and patience in working with your client to reach the optimal design solution.  There really is no one single solution and often reiteration of design is required.

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The Central Development a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms of 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, Josephine Maruca-Parker addresses the design process for The Central Development in Crace, Australia.

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Describe this project in one word.

Sophisticated.

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

GID is committed to excellent interior design in aged care with a design philosophy focused on creating non-institutional urban environments with the user group at the core of the design process.

The collaboration between designer, architect and builder helped to generate sustainable outcomes for the client in terms of the environmental footprint of the project. Design consideration was taken in planning the apartments allowing for optimum natural light. This natural resource works with energy efficient materials so as to enhance the thermal properties of the apartments in Canberra’s winter months. The apartment was specifically designed for the end user in mind. The kitchens and bathrooms are streamlined and modern in aesthetic however have been planned and designed to allow for accessibility compliance and adaption to support ageing in place.

The success of this project is evident over the short few months that the facility has been open. The client and Crace residents love the development especially the Club House building, which is constantly booked out for functions and events. It is the end users opinion and experience of the end product which is testament to good interior design.

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Design is a process. Explain your journey.

Gilmore Interior Design was engaged by the client for all stages of The Central development in the new Canberra suburb of Crace.

GID worked in collaboration with Canberra based architects AMC Design + Management. The development consists of 6 buildings with a combined total of 127 apartments, 8 two-storey townhouses, a Club House and several commercial premises. The client provided a clear brief of objectives – the creation of a sophisticated, high quality living environment. The architectural character was to be attractive and comfortable, incorporating contemporary forms and materials. The interior design was to reflect the architectural character with a modern palette of finishes and fixtures.

The brief was integral to the design concept. It was GID’s vision to produce an interior that worked in unison with the contemporary architecture of the building; balancing the refinement of modern design with a palette of rich finishes to make an environment warm, welcoming and timeless in appeal – bridging the gap from the exterior to the interior.

Kitchens and bathrooms within the apartments were ergonomically designed to comply with accessible codes to allow for adaptability for residents of all levels of ability and mobility. The apartments are a definition of great design as they can be easily modified to suit resident’s needs as their abilities change with ageing.

The design of the Club House was very important to the client as they wanted this building to be an integral part of the development and the larger Crace community, becoming a key component in the physical and social lifestyle of the residents.

The Club House is an example of a design solution that is sophisticated, attractive and comfortable for the people living within the space as well as those visiting – answering all elements of the original brief.

The success of the completed project is entirely due to the fact that the client had a clear and succinct brief and vision from the beginning of the project. The brief was clearly communicated to all consultants involved, making the process efficient as the project team was on the same page trying to achieve the same goals, which in turn saved the client time and money.

The project is an example of innovation and sets a new standard for the future of retirement and aged care design in ACT, serving to unite all members of the community by designing spaces that foster intergenerational interactions and a high quality of life. Resulting is a non-institutional environment that showcases the importance and relevance of interior design in the retirement and aged care sector.

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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?

1. It is important it is for the interior designer to be involved in the construction documentation stage of a project.

The contract for The Central allowed for the architect to coordinate and supply all construction documentation. The designer fed the architect information via mark-ups of design development sketches and interior finishes schedules. Due to the fact that the designer had limited involvement during this project stage, there were a number of subtle details that were over-looked by the architect

2. The difficulties of a consultant working on a inter-state project.

Due to the fact that the project was based in ACT and the design firm is based in Sydney, there was limited opportunity for the designers to be on site during the construction period.

This resulted in a number of defects being picked up once the construction stage was complete, making it difficult for defects to be attended to quickly.

3. The advantage of an interior designer being engaged for the specification and procurement of furniture, artwork and decorative items.

The inclusion of this stage within the design scope allowed the interior designers to hand over a completely finished and coordinated space to the client.

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