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2013 Market Winner: ‘International Investment Firm’ by Robarts Interiors and Architecture

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.

Yaching Hsueh, Associate Director & Senior Interior Designer, talked with us about international recognition, adding richness to the space and creating better results than expected.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
The happiest moment of this project is when we received a notice from IIDA that this project has won honorable mention in IIDA Global Excellence Award Corporate Space Small category last December. This is the first international award for our company and myself. Getting international recognition is definitely rewarding as a designer. It is amazing we won the second international award for this project.


What are you most proud of?
We are very proud of our team work. This was a design build project with our own MEP design, project management and seamless collaboration between our Beijing and Shanghai office. Professional performance from all team members with trust and support from the clients make this an outstanding project. The clients are also very proud of their office.

Think about a situation when things turned out different than you expected. How did the outcome impact the end result of the project?
We specified grey tinted glass for meeting room glass partition. However, since that was double-glazed partition system, the two layers of grey tinted glass become almost black glass. This was different than our expectation but it turned out the effect is even better. It created more contrast for the client area and the black glass went very well with the polished aluminum frame. This is fortunately a lesson learned with greater result.

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Do you have any stories you want to share about project?
When we did our first presentation to the client, one design element he had strong concern was the onyx slats being cheap hotel decoration. We convinced him that with delicate designed details, high quality materials and lighting, it will be exquisite. It proved to be one of the most successful features in the space and the client loves it.

Tell me more about the use of onyx in the space.
Nature has been our inspiration for design. The onyx we used for this project are so rich in pattern and colors, it is not only the feature of the space but also the color palate for the whole project. All materials from wood veneer, carpet, to upholstery on sofa were taken from the colors on the onyx.

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Shanghai from 600 Meters High

crane-operator-aerial-shanghai-photos-wei-gensheng-2Professional photographer? Not really, but professional crane operator, Wei Gensheng’s, breathtaking photographs of Shanghai taken from his job site 600 metres above the ground have managed to win him the second place prize in the Shanghai City Photography Competition.

Gensheng was working on what is going to be the second highest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower.  Slated to be completed this year, the tower will be 632 metres high (121 stories), and is only topped by Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which is 829.8 metres high.

Take a look at these remarkable images!!


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Nike Concept Store Made 100% from Trash

Besides the products on sale, everything inside Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai is made from trash. Taiwanese architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd. used 5,500 soda cans, 2,000 PET water bottles and 50,000 old CDs and DVDs to design the interior and fixtures. Construction and assembly were completed in July this year.


The amazing origami ceiling is made from recycled DVDs, while cables and the building’s joints were made out of 5,278 recycled cans. Around 2,000 yards of tension cables were made using 2,000 recycled water bottles gathered all across China. According to the designers, no glue was used to build the interior and all materials are 100% recyclable.


The architectural studio in charge of the design, Miniwiz, is already famous in Taiwan for their large scale eco-friendly projects and recycling initiatives. The team’s EcoArk pavilion, dubbed “the world’s greenest pavilion” was built with 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The building is said to weigh 50% less than a conventional building and can withstand earthquakes and hurricanes.

Images: Inhabitat

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Ni hao, Shanghai.

Check out this video of the high-energy opening celebration for our new Shanghai showroom. This LEED Gold-pending space will serve to expand the accessibility of our sustainable carpet to the Asia Pacific market. The Shanghai showroom is the first of many expansions in the area, which will be followed by openings in Beijing, Hong Kong, and a manufacturing facility in Nantong. By breaking ground in China, Shaw Contract Group is helping to more easily provide cradle-to-cradle carpet to one of the fastest growing markets in the world, because design is global.

For more information on the showroom, visit our website.

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New Showroom Opens in Shanghai

Serving as a base of operations for our Shanghai sales force, our Shanghai showroom provides additional support and access to products for designers and end users within that growing market. It is the first of many major expansions into the Asia Pacific market planned for 2012. Opening in spring, a showroom in Beijing and an office in Hong Kong. In April, Shaw will also break ground on its new Nantong carpet tile manufacturing facility slated to open in 2013. By manufacturing carpet tiles in China and opening new showrooms, Shaw Contract Group is providing increased access to sustainable carpet tile to the Asia Pacific market.

All furnishings and finishes are environmentally conscience and our space is LEED registered pending Gold certification. The On the Edge collection featured on the floor is Cradle to Cradle certified and fully recyclable.

Check out more of our Shanghai showroom at our website.

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