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Design is Connected India Retreat Weaves Sustainability into Practice

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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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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.

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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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