Designtex

 

NYC Showroom

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The Designtex showroom is located on the eighteenth floor of the D&D building in New York City. The light-flooded space offers the ideal environment to view textiles and wall coverings. Custom designed textile displays that enable easy viewing of an entire product offering line two walls. A third wall features a custom designed wall covering display.


Location photography by Blaine Davis



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3form

 

Making Places

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Three materials, three immersive experiences. From elemental rusted steel to atmospheric color to the absence of sound. The 2017 3form showroom is a journey into the power of materials to define and shape our experience.


Location photography by Blaine Davis



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Designtex

 

The Forest and the Trees

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The Forest and the Trees celebrates the multitude and variety of Designtex products with a multi-faceted installation throughout the Chicago showroom. The centerpiece features over 100 textiles suspended from front to back of the main gallery; in the middle of the space is an island display of cushions in a continual state of flux as visitors handle and rearrange; new cloaking technology, film products and cleanable finishes are demonstrated in dedicated spaces around the showroom.


Location photography by Blaine Davis



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Anzu New York

 

Akio Nukaga Pop-Up

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Standard Issue collaborated with Anzu New York to host a popup-up shop featuring the work of master Japanese potter Akio Nukaga. The front of our office, which benefits from copious amounts of natural light even in wintertime, was converted into a storefront for the occasion. Two tables were created by lashing together wood dowel using the traditional Japanese square knot. Plant life, Paperclip lamps and indigo fabric partitions created a calm environment for the pottery to be displayed and ultimately sold to a steady stream of visitors.




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3form

 

250 Colors. One System.

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3form’s 2016 NeoCon showroom in Chicago was an immersive transformation of the new color system. Larger disks of color resins were suspended and slowly revolved. The resulting effect was magical, changing moment by moment with new color combinations and juxtapositions.


Location photography by Christopher Barrett



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Designtex

 

Oppositions: Forms & Fabrics

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Oppositions: Forms & Fabrics is an invitation to consider upholstery’s transformative power. Standard Issue assembled an eclectic collection of furnishings ranging from 1850 through 2014. Collaborating with Designtex, each piece was reupholstered with a new textile and presented in vignettes staged on thick felt covering the floor and walls, offering the viewer a respite from the show with an invitation to sit and relax.


Location photography by Christopher Barrett



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Herman Miller

 

An Uncommon Vision Tokyo

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This was the third installation of an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Herman Miller’s mid-century creative director Alexander Girard. This iteration took place in the street level showroom of Herman Miller’s offices in the downtown section of Japan’s capital. Unlike previous installations, a suite of iconic Herman Miller products were upholstered in designs by Girard, demonstrating their vitality decades after they were introduced.


Location photography by Daici Ano



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City of Portland, ME

 

Congress Square

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Congress Square Park in Portland’s Arts District is an underutilized resource at the intersection of several streets, a handful of cultural attractions, restaurants, shops, galleries, and local businesses. Congress Square is our response to a competition inviting proposals that reimagine the park as a vital and living urban space.




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Designtex

 

Light Frozen

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Prismatic sculptures freeze light, transforming a four-dimensional experience into two, challenging boundaries between upholstery and wall covering, furniture and architecture—ultimately dissolving these distractions to form a singular experience. Light Frozen demonstrates the potential of surface imaging to create a truly immersive experience.


Location photography by Jeff Anzulewicz



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Wilsonart

 

Explore New Surfaces

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Architects and artists of the mid-20th century explored and celebrated the beauty and simplicity of minimal geometric forms. Drawing inspiration from these works and their creators, Explore New Surfaces is an invitation to see and experience Wilsonart products in new ways.


Location photography by Jeff Anzulewicz



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Guggenheim Foundation

 

Guggenheim Helsinki

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Our response to the call for entries in the Guggenheim Foundation’s Helsinki Museum competition. The design would be built on an industrial stretch of waterfront in downtown Helsinki, extending an adjacent city park over the roadside and onto a gently sloping rooftop, and offering visitors a vista from which to view the harbor and city. The museum would include several galleries and multi-functional spaces as prescribed by the Foundation.




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Designtex

 

Material Village

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Five symbolic houses, large enough to enter and explore, create a literal village. Each features a different material type suspended or draped within its framework, while collectively they form a lush material hamlet.


Location photography by Jeff Anzulewicz



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Herman Miller

 

The Living Office

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An installation designed to introduce the conceptual framework of Herman Miller’s “Living Office”, coinciding with the annual Salone del Mobile fair in Milan. Suspended translucent textile panels feature life-sized imagery from illustrator Daniel Carlsten, combining and layering to create a living montage and immersive architectural experience.




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Designtex

 

DIFFA Dining by Design

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A small scale space created for the annual Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS fundraiser Dining by Design. The space employs a wallcovering design from Designtex’s Made to Measure program that adapted a Charley Harper mosaic.


Location photography by Jeff Anzulewicz



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Herman Miller

 

An Uncommon Vision NY

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An exhibition and retail space which included a lounge space, located in the heart of New York’s Meatpacking District on West 14th Street. The exhibit was the second of three in an ongoing tour that began in Chicago in 2012. This installation was arranged to coincide with the 2014 edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.


Location photography by Nicholas Calcott and Jeff Anzulewicz



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Designtex

 

Color Wheel

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The inaugural exhibition for Designtex’s new Chicago showroom displayed over 200 color textile products suspended on specially designed frames. A monolithic, chromatic piece of architectural partition, the display also enabled close examination and touch, revealing the intricacies of the textile constructions.


Location photography by Christopher Barrett and Jeff Anzulewicz



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Herman Miller

 

Comfort in Motion

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An installation to launch a redesigned office chair, coinciding with the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan. The entire front third of the showroom was transformed into a science lab and workshop, the walls a larger-than-life blackboard filled with illustrations by Brian Rea of the research, design and engineering that lead to the creation of the chair.




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Herman Miller

 

An Uncommon Vision Chicago

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The first installation of a traveling exhibition celebrating the ideas and work of multi-talented Alexander Girard, Herman Miller’s director of design of twenty years. The exhibition about Alexander Girard includes over 100 artifacts curated from the Herman Miller archives and private collectors to showcase Girard’s lifework.


Location photography by Christopher Barrett



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Herman Miller

 

Living Lights

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Several dozen lamps were designed and engineered to change in intensity as visitors congregate and pass. More than 30 fixtures, each 25 feet tall, were suspended from a special ceiling structure and very gently sway with air movement.




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Herman Miller

 

The Art and Science of Seating

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A free-standing exhibition that illustrates the many innovations in the ongoing design and development of Herman Miller seating. The modular pedestals used to demonstrate the chairs’ features have been installed inside various Herman Miller showrooms around the world.




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Designtex

 

Singular Forms

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A collection of textiles and materials was developed in partnership with New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Their extensive collection of minimalist art inspired both the designs of the materials and informed their display in a Chicago showroom.




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Designtex

 

Material Architecture

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Working within the confines of a triangular-shaped showroom we created a dynamic flowing space that invited exploration and discovery. This was accomplished with suspended textile and acrylic resin panels that showcased the newest product introductions.




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Designtex

 

Material Matters

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Designtex growing reputation for material innovation and invention was made real in 2001 with a showroom design that showcased several dozen experimental textiles wrapped onto symbolic chair frames.




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