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EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION: A 2016 Shaw Contract NeoCon Launch

Shaw Extraordinary

Create a layered landscape by mixing tile styles Primitive, Resurface and Foundation.

Connect to the sensory. Low tech, exaggerated textures and natural elements provoke the sense of touch. New landscapes emerge, wild and nomadic . Creating a tactile atmosphere to enhance the senses. Expanded plank format 12×48 provides a new sensory experience underfoot. See. Touch. Feel.
This collection encourages people to slow down and reconnect with the sense of touch. Without touch, we cannot understand our environment. The digital world lacks sensitivity. By developing contradictory visual and tactile experiences with physical connections to our environment, we can still be human. Experience a path of natural, intuitive interactions that allows you to slow down and explore the power of the sense of touch.
The new plank size of 12×48 in adds scale and dimension to the floor as three designs can combine or be used alone to generate varying degrees of texture:
Primitive: A modern shag that injects bold, exaggerated tactility.                           Resurface: provides consistent textured aesthetic and is a perfect transition from Primitive to the still flatness of Foundation.
“The collection is largely inspired by process and pushing current technologies to new heights,” said VP Design, Reesie Duncan. “Using Tapistron machinery, stray ends of yarn are typically left on the carpet face after tufting. Usually, we we take this excess material and shear it, but here, we use it as a styled feature By rethinking technology and modifying the process, this element was exaggerated to inject bold and dramatic texture.”
Pattern is implied through varied texture and a natural, tonal palette to enhance the relief. Hinting at raised foliage and nordic landscapes to create moments of respite, we explore the emotions texture can influence – highlighting the user experience underfoot.
At Shaw Contract, we believe everything matters. Constructed with EcoWorx backing & Eco Solution Q nylon, the products in this collection are Cradle to Cradle Silver & assessed for impact on health + the environment. EcoWorx products are recyclable, contribute to LEED & backed by Environmental Guarantee. The Shaw Contract lifetime commercial warranty covers abrasive wear, tuft-bind, edge ravel and delamination.
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CONFIGURE COLLECTION: A 2016 Shaw Contract NeoCon Launch

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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.”

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Material Health Matters: a Transparent Conversation

Shaw Contract Group to host Material Health CEU at NeoCon:

Focusing on continuous product improvement and engaging in local conversation around material health encourages manufacturers and the design community to promote leadership in sustainable efforts – making a greater impact within the built environment.

On June 16, during Chicago’s annual NeoCon expo, Shaw Contract Group will lead an engaging discussion with an audience of architects and designers on how to identify and specify sustainable product selections for the spaces they design.  The discussion will focus on current tools and programs pertaining to material health.

The event includes lunch and provides attendees an opportunity to earn CEU credit (IDCEC, AIA and GBCI qualifying for Health Safety Wellness). The event is limited to a small audience, but designers and architects who will not be at NeoCon can request a scheduled Material Health documentary and CEU by contacting their local Shaw Contract Group Account Manager.

NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969.  The three-day event is the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry, and attracts 50,000 design professionals and 700 exhibitors.  Visit www.neocon.com for more information.

About Shaw Contract Group

As a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  Shaw Contract Group has received Best of NeoCon awards for its carpet collections every year since 2002; was rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers; and was recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.”  A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract Group combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visit shawcontractgroup.com.

 

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NEOCON: Exploring the Design Implications of the Affordable Care Act

MASS Design Group and Shaw Contract Group host CEU presentation at NeoCon

As we design new infrastructure solutions within the current restraints on development, we must recognize that hospital architecture remains our interface with the healthcare system and should be considered an integral factor in approaching the problem of access.  Designers have a current opportunity to participate in the conversation of designing integrated solutions to persistent problems in healthcare.

On June 15, during Chicago’s annual NeoCon expo, Shaw Contract Group will present a compelling look at how the Affordable Care Act impacts the future of healthcare design during a live conversation with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group. A non-profit design firm based in Boston, MA and Kigali, Rwanda, MASS Design Group provides infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity and wellbeing.

The event includes lunch and provides attendees an opportunity to earn CEU credit (IDCEC and AIA qualifying for Health Safety Wellness). The event is limited to a small audience, but designers and architects who will not be at NeoCon can schedule a filmed version of this CEU by contacting their local Shaw Contract Group Account Manager.

NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969.  The three-day event is the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry, and attracts 50,000 design professionals and 700 exhibitors.  Visit www.neocon.com for more information.

About Shaw Contract GroupAs a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  Shaw Contract Group has received Best of NeoCon awards for its carpet collections every year since 2002; was rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers; and was recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.”  A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract Group combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visit shawcontractgroup.com.

 

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NEOCON: NOBLE MATERIALS

We studied the charts and diagrams that alchemists meticulously plotted in the search to transform base metals into noble metals, such as gold, silver and copper. The result is a curated material study. Layered in luxury, modern marquetry is interpreted via pattern & data-inspired inlays for an exquisite flooring statement.

Noble Materials

Noble Materials

Base textures are punctuated with warm and cool metal detail.   Smooth surfaces in natural tones form the base of this collection, which features four 24×24 tile options, two traditional broadlooms and two woven broadlooms. The nine-color palette features moments of gleaming metal for added warmth & glamour. Collections styles are designed to work together or independently for varied degrees of scale or natural, layered dimension.

 

Tile Styles:
Slab:
a sleek, shifting stone texture.

Honed: large-scale and angled,

Alchemy: adds in lustrous metallic detail

Form: features organic gold veining to build scale.

 

Broadloom styles:

Strata: texture overlaid to create an organic multi-directional pattern.

Fault: an organic stone formation with metallic veining to build scale.

Monolith: a woven, sleek texture

Base Metal: metal sheen with an exaggerated loop base.

 

This collection utilizes advanced design technologies and manufacturing equipment, using innovative Color Point machinery and the single yarn placement process.  Noble Materials marks Shaw Contract Group’s entry into the woven market, using a velvet weave process to achieve richly textured styles.

 

Noble Materials goes beyond Declare & HPDs. Cradle to Cradle Silver & assessed for human health.Made with recyclable EcoSolution Q nylon & EcoWorx Tile, contributes to LEED & offers an environmental guarantee. All styles in this collection provide superior durability, style and recyclability. Shaw Contract Group’s lifetime commercial warranty covers abrasive wear, tuft-bind, edge ravel and delamination.

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