This installation features Contact and Color Shift, two of the hexagonal styles in the Configure collection.
Configured to interact. Hexagonal format and Asymmetric shapes combine at random, providing connectivity to build scale and enhance user experience. Designed to promote impromptu interaction, Configure assists with way finding and provides alluring, visual interest. Deconstructed, rhythmic patterns and bold color encourage a more imaginative, playful approach with installation.
Building on the success of our 2013 launch of the Hexagon collection, it was appropriate timing to add to the portfolio of existing styles. We selected the current style Plane as a base for the Configure collection, and focused on complementing the best-selling colors with 14 new additions to the palette. These include: six cool greys, one yellow, three teals, one coral, and three shades of magenta.
Four styles comprise the collection, all of which are 26oz multi-level pattern cut/loop construction and made with EcoSolution Q nylon on EcoWorx backing:
Base: features a 9-color, neutral palette of shifting shapes that are both graphic and subtle
Contact: is a neutral style with a vibrant color edge. It can be used as a transition piece or for minimal color accents. Available in 6 colors.
Color Shift: available in 5 saturated colors for moments of impact. This style works in connection with contact.
Plane– the foundation of the collection. Plane is one of the original Hexagon collection styles, updated with 14 new color options.
When asked to share a bit of the inspiration and development for this collection, VP of Design Reesie Duncan said, “When we developed Hexagon in 2013, workplace design was shifting to the open model – with emphasis on social connections and the many zones of work that takes place within a space. That collection provides the perfect solution for adding definition in an organic way- as well as ways to incorporate scale and directional cues. Now, three years later, the concept of workplace continues to evolve. We see the blurring of boundaries and the concept of moveable paths and visual cues to create an intuitive experience. Deconstructing the hexagon is a sophisticated way to integrate these concepts on the floor. Configure is a connected system of shapes that can build a system of shifting color and pattern through a space.”
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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High-end furniture store, Estar Móveis, got a hexagonal makeover. The Sau Paulo store facade, designed by SuperLimão Studio, is covered by translucent and opaque metal hexagon shapes. It seems the shape that inspired our Best of NeoCon-winning collection is going global!
Images: ArchDaiyl Brazil
Hexagon reflects cultural trends toward more collaborative environments, influencing the ways we work, walk, communicate and create—together. To illustrate the connectivity of the collection, we teamed up with top designers who network to bring people, minds and causes together, connecting research in the Global North and South for collective, monumental impact. Their dynamic installations reinforce the social aspect of a space, fueling partnerships and idea-sharing.
There is a lot that goes into creating the perfect pictures of our products. We use some beautiful furniture and props in our shoots, but sometimes we have to get a little more creative to get that perfect photo.
We enlisted the help of artist Ryan Bradburn to create some custom pieces for our Hexagon and Collide photos. On his blog, he shares progress shots of the hexagon-shaped light box along with the melting table from Collide.
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Images: Ryan Bradburn