To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TED conference, some of the world’s most captivating thought leaders gathered in a one-of-kind theater installed in the LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Centre. During the March’s TED 2014 conference, speakers and attendees enjoyed the beauty of Shaw Hospitality Group’s Layered Luxe carpet, which was designed in collaboration with David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, the theater’s architecture and interior design firm.
The Crease carpet pattern – with its abstract, hatching lines – reflects Rockwell Group’s interest in combining organic forms with linear divisions. The new TED theater is designed to be rapidly assembled and disassembled annually, and its cutting-edge design will have less than 2% waste once all the building components are processed.
“Shaw Hospitality Group is an innovator in manufacturing high quality, sustainable flooring,” said David Rockwell, founder and President of Rockwell Group. “We’re thrilled that Shaw has generously supplied carpet collections, including Layered Luxe, for the new TED theater. The richness and depth of the carpets will contribute to the venue’s dynamic environment for years to come.”
TED – a platform for ideas worth spreading – started in 1984 as a convergence of technology, entertainment and design, and today the conference shares ideas ranging from science and business to global issues in more than 100 languages. More than 50 speakers addressed attendees this year, including notable speakers Bill and Melinda Gates, former Arizona legislator Gabby Giffords, “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Recognizing that attendees primarily go to TED for inspiring talks and social activity, Rockwell designed the theater with 10 different seating options provided by Steelcase, including benches, lounge seating, chairs and a standing area where attendees can blog without disturbing the audience. All of these seating arrangements intimately surround the stage, which also features Shaw Hospitality Group red carpet.
Befitting the LEED Platinum certification of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Shaw Hospitality Group carpet is Cradle to Cradle certified by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry. The carpet is manufactured with Eco Solution Q nylon, containing 45 percent recycled content, consisting of 20 percent pre-consumer and 25 percent post-consumer recycled content.* Contributing to LEED certification, Layered Luxe is manufactured with safe and healthy ingredients and has a reduced environmental impact across the entire lifecycle of our product.
Shaw Hospitality Group’s carpet will be reused again in future TED theater installations. After the end of its useful life, the carpet will be reclaimed and recycled into new carpet again through Shaw Industries Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility in Augusta, GA. In the last five years, Shaw Hospitality Group has diverted more than 2 million pounds of post-consumer hotel renovation carpet from U.S. landfills.
*Recycled content is based on allocated nylon fiber from our total nylon fiber production and determined as a percent of a total Eco Solution Q output. Actual recycled content will likely vary.
About Rockwell Group
Rockwell Group is an award winning, cross-disciplinary 150-person architecture and design firm specializing in cultural, hospitality, retail, product, and set design. Based in New York, with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai, the firm crafts a unique narrative and an immersive environment for each project. Projects include W Hotels (New York, Paris, Singapore, and Vieques); Andaz Maui at Wailea; Shinola (New York); Travelle at the Langham, Chicago; the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel; Nobu restaurants and hotels worldwide; product collaborations with Jim Thompson, Maya Romanoff and The Rug Company; set design for Broadway’s Lucky Guy, Kinky Boots and Hairspray; and the Imagination Playground initiative.
About Shaw Hospitality Group
At Shaw Hospitality Group, we’re taking one giant step forward with new collections that do anything but tread lightly: inspiring pattern, vivid color and a sustainability story that stands out from all the rest. Shaw Hospitality Group delivers new and innovative flooring designs to the hospitality industry worldwide while offering the widest selection of flooring solutions for hotels, ageless living, entertainment and retail. Expansive product offerings include standard and custom carpets for guest rooms and public areas, as well as hard surface, modular carpet tile and cushion. A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Hospitality Group was named Best of Competition and Best Flooring at Hospitality Design Expo 2013 for its Be Bold collection.