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.
Jos Bogaarts, Owner, talked to us about creating environments for people, re-utilizing a chicken farm and designing an inspiring space for an inspiring organization.
When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
That is easy. From my early years, there was one thing that was clear: my passion for creating things and environments for people. The influence and importance of the environment one lives in was inspiring for me. I grew up in a very beautiful old estate, dating from 1683. That house presented ages of the way how (wealthy) people lived and what style, even the influence of time, style, behavior and culture on a building. I think I wanted to have my say about our environment.
What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
FOX Vacations made an impression on me for being an organization that brings people to the most evocative places of this planet. That made it clear for me that the persons that make this possible (the office employees) should be surrounded by inspiring forms, colors and materials.
What is your first memory of the project?
That the employees worked in an uninspiring building.
What was the happiest moment of the project?
The moment we saw that everything was in balance and all the pieces felt together. The flooring, the glass walls with all different patterns and the colors of the furniture. But also how Interiordesign met the building in a very charming way.
Is there anything about this project that touched you personally?
What touched me personally was that we were given the space and trusted to create this piece of art.
What design elements did you use to meet BREEM and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ principles?
Creating an environment that makes working in it nice, long lasting and inspiring, is an element that meets close to the core principles of BREEM. All materials are checked, but also the details of all objects are designed to prevent damaging. We even re-used wood of a former chicken farm, to create this lounge area 😉