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Shaw Hospitality Group Touched by Stories of Women in India

During a two-week design exploration of India, Shaw Hospitality Group designers sought ancient crafts made as they were centuries ago. The result of the travels was  the award-winning collection, Design Journey: Cloth & Stone.

Along the way they become one with the places they journeyed, immersing themselves in scenes that were ancient and modern, familiar and completely foreign. Shaw Hospitality Group design manager Maria Scott was especially touched by the daily lives of women in a remote village in Nimaj, Rajasthan.

“Seeing the women in their bright clothes and heavy gold jewelry carrying water vessels on their heads seemed an expected, almost stereotypical, image.  Each morning they trek to the center of the village to gather the water they will need for the day, “ Maria said. “However, I never appreciated what physical and challenging lives these women lead until I watched as they helped each other hoist these heavy jugs onto their heads and begin the long walk home.  If their chores demanded more water, then another trip to the village center was required.”

When social entrepreneur Cynthia Koenig learned of the pursuit Indian women face daily to get potable water for their families, she was inspired to create WaterWheel, an invention that allows people to roll water in a 50-liter container across the ground versus carrying it in a 5 gallon jug on their head, as Maria witnessed in India.


After receiving a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize, Koenig founded Wello, which is piloting the WaterWheel in rural India.

According to the Wello website, people living in developing countries worldwide often walk five miles daily to gather water for their families. Carrying these heavy water vessels causes severe pain, spinal compression and complications in child birth. Additionally, the WaterWheel has the ability to remove barriers that prevent children from attending school and empowers women to engage in more productive activities that boost their family income, pursue education and general wellbeing.

For more information on donating to the Wello mission of helping people have easier access to water, visit the site or watch Koenig’s TEDx talk

To see more photos from the design team’s travels to India, visit Shaw Hospitality Group on Pinterest.

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Sneak Peek at NeoCon 2014

Taking inspiration from global travels to fitness gear, Shaw Contract Group’s 2014 NeoCon showings are influenced by great stories. Read below for a sneak peek of the collections being shown and stop by Shaw Contract Group’s showroom (10-167) during NeoCon – June 9-11!

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Design Journey:  Novice & Master
Design Journey is an exploration of deep-rooted cultures and handmade traditions and how people reach across the globe to link the two.   Inspired by our travels to Cambodia and Laos, we immersed ourselves in the culture, craft and technique of artisan weavers. Design Journey captures the art of silk weaving in a luxurious and richly textured collection of designs. The travels resulted in a plush, textural and sophisticated collection featuring varied scales of textures and 9 styles in 16 colors, including warm and cool neutrals and deep rich hues.


Open public spaces and large scale workplaces are typically impacted by architecture, so we designed Flight with public ambiance in mind and engineered the collection for heavy foot traffic. A comprehensive flooring solution, Flight features four tile products, available in 13 colors. Bold pattern interplays with color, stripes and a shifting ombre – achieving a directional impact within a vast space.


Collective Time
Based on the internal clockwork of humankind, Collective Time is a tile and broadloom collection, taking inspiration of the shifting light captured from day to night and proportions of time tracked in our daily routines of activity and rest. The collection explores the changing of light from dawn to dusk and allows the styles to be used to create scale and subtle color shifts. Broadloom and tile can be combined to create a dynamic interactive pattern mix or a more monochromatic space.


Grain + Pigment is a versatile offering of luxury vinyl plank featuring updated wood grain textures and subtly striated near-solids. Natural wood tones, metallic sheen and colors ranging from warm to cool to bright give unlimited possibilities in one plank format. The integrated palette can be mixed to create nuanced transitions with a subtle textural shift or bold contrasts of color. The collection an opportunity to design spaces using a palette of warm and cool tones and bold color options and metallics to inject luxe energy.

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