So sorry to have been neglecting you, dear readers, but some big changes are in the works for Textile Talk. We don't mean to keep you out of the loop, we just have some details to work out and promise to update you after the New Year.
I know I've told you about Source4Style in the past. But for those of you who don't remember I'll do a quick recap. S4S is the premier B2B online marketplace that allows designers to search and source more sustainable materials from a network of global suppliers. I should mention that I'm a big fan so I want to keep you updated on some changes they have coming up.
They launched in BETA in October and in celebration of their 2 month anniversary(!), they are expanding, contemplating, and innovating.
First, they're hosting their second Source4Style Atelier event : Design for Africa on December 16, 2010 at the SURevolution showroom in NYC. An exploration in African textiles. I'm intrigued.
Second, they're now offering Premium Memberships. Reap the latest benefits from our new Source4Style membership launching on December 15, 2010, including in-site messaging to suppliers; material customization tools; exclusive previews of new materials; and discounts on swatches and Source4Style Ateliers.
They've recently launched THE CUTTING EDGE. A video series where you can watch the latest in sustainable design news in 60 seconds.
And least, but certainly not least, their need to do a little market research, has inspired S4S to offer discounts on swatches if you answer they're surveys. The surveys are on different ways to improve the user experience. So it's a win/win, right?
It's all so exciting. Aren't you excited to be in the know?
Do you know the company Mannington Commercial? Yes? No? Doesn't matter, actually. The reason I am telling you about them is that they're holding a contest and I think you should know about it.
Basically, they are inviting textile/ interior designers (and architects!) to create a flooring design, upload it to their website, get friends and family to vote and everyone in the twitter-verse to vote and viola! You win. Maybe. There's probably going to be a plethora of great design uploaded to the site. And yours should be a part of that. Interested? Here are the details:
Submitting is simple. Get inspired and get busy creating your design. Upload your pattern and share the url with your friends so they can vote for you, vote for you, and vote for you!
Enter in one of two categories this year:
Category 1: practicing designers or architects with less than seven years of professional experience
Category 2: practicing designers or architects with more than seven years of professional experience
Be sure to share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms, so they can comment and be impressed!
Submissions close on February 16, 2011. Our judging panel will factor in public comments, votes, aesthetics, creativity and manufacturability to select the six finalists. Finalists will be notified in February - and join Mannington’s design development team for a two-day creative session March 18 - 19, 2011 to work alongside our experts and develop their patterns into product. A Grand Prize winner in each category will be chosen by open voting online and announced at NeoCon 2011!
Six finalists will be featured in a national advertising campaign + win $3,000 + a trip to NeoCon. Two Grand Prize winners will receive a full floorcovering collection of their design + win $6,000 + a trip to the Maison & Objet show in Paris, France.
I cannot wait to check out this textile exhibit at Cristina Grajales Gallery in Manhattan. Hechizoo Textile, working with skilled weavers and artisans, creates rugs, upholstery and curtain fabric as well as architectural screens and meshes.
The innovative use of materials also sets Hechizoo apart from other textiles. The integration of indigenous vegetable fibers such as fique and cumare with metal wire and nylon monofilament form a striking contradiction. With an architectural sense of proportion and structure, these materials give the textiles new properties allowing the material to filter and reflect light. Jorge Lizarazo identifies these new textiles as soft architecture and they are transformational; their innate characteristics redefine the use of the product providing them with the power to change a space visually and tactility.
The end result is textiles that are an extension of the architecture and interact with the interior spaces for which they are intended. Hechizoo textiles have been commissioned for important private and public spaces all over the world.
While sitting on my couch, sipping tea, and allowing my mind to wander, I was reminded of one of my favorite design books, Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. I bought it years ago at the MET after visiting the museum and checking out an exhibit of the same name. It's one of those books that I often thumb through just to be exposed to interesting, and at time times uncomfortable looking!, fashion.
The book makes it rounds at a coffee table highlight, depending on what mood I'm in that month, and is always a conversation starter when hosting friends. It's beautiful, intriguing, innovative, and kinda scary.
The next time you're spending an afternoon in the bookstore, I recommend checking it out.