As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.
Michael Setter, Architect at Setter Architects, spoke with us about art, collaboration and created a well-styled, functional space.
When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
When I was 13 years old my art teacher told me that I must be an architect, because he was impressed by my paintings.
How has the balance of collaboration spaces and quiet spaces been realized in the space?
The project, which is our office, includes working area in an open space and privet rooms. Each team member in the office has his own work-station which allows privacy and also collaboration, since the partitions in between are low. In addition we have a small meeting table for non-formal meetings. For private meetings there is a large meeting room in the gallery floor.
Tell me about the challenge of designing for a small space.
We are usually designing large scale offices, so the challenge was to take the insights that we have learned during the work on the bigger projects and to apply in this small project. Furthermore we wanted to design an interesting and well-styled space, but yet functional and provides the needs of the team.
The next generation of designers from around the world participated in the 2013 WING International Student Design Competition and Awards.
The winning project was submitted by student designers Alina Boukovsky and Yirat Lorenz, 3rd year Interior Design students from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel. Titled ‘Blob: Innovative Workspace’, the design team concept focuses on the personal space of people being dramatically reduced in the modern era as result of a demographic shift.
The design was influenced by the recent trend to create products with multiple uses in one element. Given this trend, they developed a workspace model that meets both functional and decorative aspects. With an Iron rod as the backbone of the workstation, the MDF wood units threaded through the rod, moving around in a unique way, according to the required function. The center pole also doubles as a pass through for the power cable for the lighting fixture located at the top of the model.
“In my design projects I always try to find original, interesting and creative solutions, even for the most standard cases”, said Lorenz, whose connection to art began at early childhood. “The ‘Blob’ project was really challenging and exciting experience for me, from an idea searching process until it`s physical creation”, concluded Boukovsky.