SHAW Contract – Inside Shapes
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Form Us With Love collaborates with Shaw Contract on a new concept in flooring. Inside Shapes is a creative toolkit for dynamic environments.
Shaw Contract, a design leader in commercial flooring solutions and surfaces, is excited to introduce Inside Shapes, a flexible toolkit that inspires creativity. In its first collaboration with Stockholm-based design studio, Form Us With Love, Shaw Contract has challenged how the standard 24” x 24” carpet tile might be approached in a new and unique way. With Inside Shapes, a floor becomes a canvas for creative expression—unlimited shape and color combinations can be both simple and abstract. Designers can create the perfect solution for any environment.
“Inside Shapes is a genuinely groundbreaking product, that has deep layers of design thinking at play”, explains Reesie Duncan, VP of Product Design for Shaw Contract. “It’s the result of a very considered and intentional method of working with different talents to constantly innovate.”
Inside Shapes is the result of the shared expertise and imagination between Shaw Contract and Form Us With Love. Rather than designing a new collection, the creative collaboration between the two organizations opened up opportunities to think differently about what a carpet tile could be – beyond variations of pattern and color. The simple reframing of the tile as an object, not a surface, created new possibilities for an innovative toolkit that allows designers the freedom to design, and not just specify.
“From the very beginning Shaw was open to innovation, to identifying new opportunities in their production”, adds Jonas Pettersson, CEO and co-founder of Form Us With Love. “We wanted to approach the carpet industry with a fresh perspective and brought with us our first instincts and impressions, while Shaw’s expertise focused and enhanced our collective efforts.”
The mission was to design a creative response to enhance how commercial environments feel and function today. With four distinct geometric shapes – square, diagonal, point and curve – and 12 color options, each in light and dark shades for added dimension, Inside Shapes creates a dynamic interior landscape. Shapes, colors and shades can be chosen in 17 pre-mixed options or curated individually for a completely custom solution. Utilizing a CNC machine to cut each shape that makes up a 24” x 24” carpet tile, Inside Shapes is full of personality just waiting to be brought to life.
“Shaw’s work ethic didn’t feel all that different from how things work at Form Us With Love”, said Form Us With Love co-founder John Löfgren. “Despite the enormous scale of the company, we worked with a tight-knit team with whom we could really hone in on the details. We had an intense level of dialogue, iterated endlessly and went to the farthest reaches of our imaginations to then concentrate our mutual findings and push the process forward.”
Along with the launch of Inside Shapes, Shaw Contract will also provide a digital tool that allows architects and designers to visualize all of the possibilities Inside Shapes allows. Users can begin with a blank canvas, easily change colors or re-arrange tiles from a series of idea starters, or use a premix option to seamlessly produce a dynamic layout. This interactive tool will enable the creation of compelling designs that express a particular vision.
“The shapes themselves become characters in an overall narrative that allows each designer to tell a singular story”, explains Oriana Reich, Brand Director at Shaw Contract. “This is not just a new collection – it’s actually an entirely new system that in part derives from the product design language that Form Us With Love is known for. At the same time, it’s an entirely new way of thinking about floor design.”
From offices to schools, retail to hospitality interiors, today’s architects and designers are seeking ways to enliven the human experience in commercial spaces. Inside Shapes turns a passive product into an active decision, allowing for a variety of intentions and feelings in public areas. Debuting at NeoCon, June 11th – 13th, 2018 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, IL, Inside Shapes is poised to change the way designers approach the creative process and elevate the way end-users experience the built environment.