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Design is Connected India Retreat Weaves Sustainability into Practice


Sustainability is a key concern for designers and they prefer to use eco-friendly products and materials. They also believe they could weave sustainability in their design projects. This follows a recent survey conducted with key architect and design industry leaders who attended the Design Is Connected Retreat organised by Shaw Contract Group in Goa, India from 9 to 11 October 2015. Shaw Contract Group organised this retreat with the aim to connect with their partners in the Asia Pacific region and India in the aspect of design.

8 out of 10 designers also rated design as the most important consideration when selecting a supplier.


“The discussions and insights drawn from key leaders in the design and architecture industry have been beneficial to Shaw Contract Group. Following this retreat, we are able to align our product offerings with our suppliers to ensure the Architects and Designers in India are shown our full range of products. This has been helpful in our continual collaboration with India.” said Dan Clark, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Shaw Contract Group.

“It was a very inspiring event for those in the design field to see such level of work being done on the design, pattern and texture of carpets” said Sabina Reddy, Director, at M Moser Associates.

“The next trend will be moving from geometrical patterns to more abstract patterns with bright colours,” says Raghunath Avutapalli, Senior Architect, DWP Interics, in relation to design trends in 2016.

On creating sustainable designs, Satish Purushan, Senior Architect, STUP Consultants, says that “it is crucial to create products that not only have 100 per cent LEED rating on paper, but are also eco-friendly in terms of practicality in order to raise awareness and promote sustainability across all industries.”


The Design Is Connected Retreat saw about 50 guests comprising of directors, architects and service providers from more than 20 well-established firms, including DSP, RSP and Space Matrix, come together and exchange their views on upcoming trends in the industry.


For more information about Shaw’s sustainability initiatives and its continued leadership in the discussion, development and application of sustainable design, please visit our sustainability site.

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2015 Design Is…Award Global Winners Announced

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)…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.


Describe this project in one word.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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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Lighting Up the NeoCon Showroom with Projection Bombing

Having projection bombing as the inspiration for our collection, Light Series, we thought we’d bring our own take on the trend into our showroom. Guests who visit the space can create their own projection by filling in the blank of “Design is ______.” These statements will be projected on the walls of the showroom and photos of you and your projection will be posted on our Facebook page.

Come by showroom 10-167 to project on our walls about what design is!

Design is Amazing

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