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Awaken your Senses with Color

Artist and Illustrator Hyo Taek Kim’s inspiration for his The Colors Of series stem from a childhood spent watching Hayao Miyazaki’s films, esteemed for  their brilliant color. The artist created palettes for Miyazaki’s most popular films displaying each in a simplistic, vertical manner.  See more at design-milk.com


Much like we did with ColorSense, our recent trend+color forecast, Hyo Taek Kim offers an interpretation of trends that raise awareness of sensory influences and nurture direct human connections.  The eight palettes in revealed in the ColorSense film are are designed to appeal to our senses – even those that are non-traditional.

ColorSense Palettes

Shaw Contract Group’s ColorSense Palettes

The ColorSense film can be viewed here and more information is available in the 2014 Design Is Magazine.

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Shaw Contract Group Designers Pick Their NeoCon Favorites

Because NeoCon is the largest interiors expo in North America, companies come from all over to share their products with the rest of the design community. While the Shaw Contract Group design team shares their designs, they are also inspired and appreciative of the other designs seen at NeoCon. Here are some of our team’s favorite things:

John Crews_Bernhardt chair

Mitt Chair
“The Best of NeoCon-winning lightweight chairs have hidden castors that makes them easy to move and come in a great color line. The ageless design allows it to be applicable to all market segments.” – John Crews, Designer for Corporate market

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The Openest Collection by Studio Urquiola
“The Openest Collection by Studio Urquiola won Gold and Best of Competition. The collaborative collections have integrated power and data storage features.  Really love the modular collaborative seating.” – Ashley Ginn, Design Manager for Healthcare and Education markets

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The Triscape Collection by Todd Bracher
“The collection is very flexible and can be used in almost any setting.” – Maria Scott, Design Manager of Shaw Hospitality Group

Ashley Olson_Maharam rug

Cork & Felt rug by Hella Jongerius 
“This rug mixes the warmth and color of new wool felt with the properties of cork. The colored lines of the felt are arranged alongside the cork, resulting in an interesting rhythm of textural stripes.” – Ashley Olson, Designer for Corporate market

Brandy Sutherland_Geiger chair

Crosshatch chair
“I love the cross-hatch chair from Geiger. Designed with parachute cords that are integrated into the chair’s frame, it brings the comforts of home into the modern office.” – Brandy Sutherland, Designer for Healthcare market

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2013 Market Winner: PlentyofFish Media Inc. by SSDG Interiors Inc.

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.

Kenna Manley, Interior Designer, talked with us about creating quite spaces in a not-so-quiet office, aquatic inspiration and being driven by creativity.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
I was in my third year at the University of Alberta, studying Elementary Education with a Visual Studies minor when I realized it was my creative side that really drove me.  I decided to change my direction and focus on my love for art, design and the built environment.  I moved to Vancouver and spent the next four years completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Interior Design at Kwantlen University College.


Did you ever stray from this path or think about changing course?
It took me some time to find the path of design and as soon as I found it, I can honestly say I have never thought of doing anything else.  Interior design is what I feel I am meant to do.  It’s a big part of who I am.

What about this project represents why you choose to be a designer?
This space was designed with unique elements which created and enhanced connections; between staff, their surroundings, to the brand and most importantly, to their workplace.  The new office provides an open work environment to foster creativity and promote collaboration amongst their team.  Its results such as these that illustrate how being an interior designer enables you to have positive effects on others and their daily lives.


 What is your first memory of the project?
This is the second office we have designed for Plentyoffish Media.  I recall getting an email from our client with the news that they wanted to expand by opening another office and hire SSDG Interiors again. We developed a strong concept for the previous project, and this new office space gave us the opportunity to raise the bar even higher.

What was the happiest moment of the project?
For me, it is the reaction of those who use the space that gives me joy.  When people experience it, without being prompted, in the way it was intended I know that it’s a successful project.


 Tell me something that was unusual about the project.
The client wanted to have an open concept with bench-style workstations to encourage collaboration and the interconnectivity of the space, however there were noise and acoustic concerns that they wanted addressed at the same time.  In order provide an open planning that would allow for natural light to filter through the space required unique design features to prevent potential acoustic issues.  Congregational spaces like the boardroom and café are divided with tall planters and laminated glass to decrease sound transmission.   Additionally, departments are divided by centralized quiet rooms and highly populated areas like reception and the café are designed with sound-absorbent wood slats on the ceiling to decrease noise from travelling.  The end result gives an overall open feel, while the noise of this youthful team is managed as the client had hoped.

What are you most proud of?
I am proud of the end result and the design solution as a whole.  All the elements of the space work together seamlessly to give the team what they were after, supporting variety of functions required day to day, plus a little bit more that was unexpected.


You created an aquatic motif without being obvious. Tell me more about your design process on that.
Along with the carpet design, subtle elements were included to reinforce the brand and convey the concept of water movement and fish.  Penny round mosaic tiles and blown glass light fixtures provide visual texture and resemble bubbles.  While a backlit kitchen backsplash is reminiscent of waves.  Colour was also essential to the concept and vibrancy of the space.  The use of colour blocking makes feature areas stand out against the primary neutral background.

What has been the reaction to the new space?
The office has been very well received by PlentyofFish’s team as well as visitors that have walked through. Because the office is busy all hours of the day, the space supports staff’s needs from the typical work day to the late night work sessions.


The space has many different work areas. How was the client’s involvement in creating those spaces?
Based on the type of work this group does, they needed several different styles of rooms to support a variety of functions.  The client gave us an idea of what was required and we planned the space in a way that allowed multi-functional space that can be used by staff over the course of a typical day.

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Allied International Credit takes advantage of Shaw Contract Group’s Environmental Guarantee

Shaw has recycled more than half a billion pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006 – a major milestone in the growth of the company’s reclamation and recycling business.

This level of positive environmental impact would not be possible if not for the valued relationships with customers such as Allied International Credit, which purchased 5,500 square yards of carpet tile for its Toronto offices in 2003, and recently replaced and recycled the product with 7,500 square yards of new Shaw Contract Group product.

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David Rae, President & CEO, says the initial purchasing decision was based in part on the recyclability options:

“Allied has purchased Shaw Contract Group carpet in various offices over the years and we have always found it to be the longest lasting and most durable,” said Rae.

“Our dealer, Sands Commercial Flooring, educated us on the recycling options that Shaw provides and this prompted us to select a Shaw Contract Group product as we pursue green initiatives as much as possible for all of our offices. We recently expanded and refurbished our Newmarket, Ontario call center. As we began the process, we looked to Shaw Contract Group once again for our flooring. In addition to our Toronto facility, we also installed carpet tile with LokDots in our Montreal, Quebec office. Choosing LokDots over traditional adhesive installs the same amount of carpet, yet reduces shipping cost and increases shipping efficiency. By using LokDots we eliminated 63 pails of adhesive which weighs 2,205 pounds. Our new carpet looks great and we continue to get compliments from everyone who visits our site.”

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Thanks to Allied’s dedication to environmental stewardship, the company has helped to create new energy and materials for future generations.

Shaw Industries coordinates the reclamation process, where the old carpet is staged at the property during the renovation process and then transported to one of Shaw’s recycling partners. When possible, the used type 6 nylon is sent to Shaw’s Evergreen Recycling Center in Augusta, GA, where it enters the recycling process of becoming new carpet again. Here, it is broken down into caprolactam, the building block of type 6 nylon carpet fiber, and made into new Type 6 nylon again without degrading the quality or performance of the fiber. Shaw also reclaims other types of carpet fiber, and these materials are reprocessed into other products or used into waste-to-energy facilities.

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Making Connections in Manila, Philippines

Networking is the new shape of design—bringing together thinkers, creators, markers and connectors of a better world.  Shaw Contract Group recently invited Architect & Design (A&D) firms and end-use clients to join us for an exciting event in Manila for the launch of our latest award winning carpet collection, Hexagon, and to celebrate the introduction of our new Asia Pacific manufacturing facility.


We transformed Buddha-Bar, a globally iconic restaurant and lounge in Makati City, Philippines, into an interactive and dynamic space to facilitate networking and collaboration.  Centred around the Hexagon theme of connectivity, six demonstration areas were set up, each with its own interactive touch screen display, to encourage the understanding of our products and value propositions.


 Guests were also inspired to “get connected” through an on-site social network.  The design community demonstrated their creativity by posting photos, comments, and shout outs to Shaw Contract Group using this platform.  The success of this event is a testament to strong relationships and keen interest in our new products in the Philippines.


Unfortunately, the timing of this event fell right in the midst of the powerful typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines), that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, mainly the Philippines.  Shaw Contract Group is saddened by the news of this disaster, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families. While the nation is recovering, it is clear that there is much work to be done in order to rebuild the affected areas, and Shaw Contract Group has responded by making a donation on behalf of the A&D community toward relief efforts.

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