This installation used glass manufactured using processes that are thoroughly reviewed for continuous environmental efficiency and improvement. Made from natural materials, glass itself has an unlimited life cycle—it will not deteriorate under normal conditions and it is recyclable at the end of its life. For these reasons, glass offers an environmentally superior platform for reengineering lived space.
Innovative patterned glass manufacturer, Skyline Design, invited our studio to collaborate on re-envisioning their Merchandise Mart showroom for NeoCon 2017. The design encompasses the overall showroom configuration, with a focus on the presentation of a new glass collection by designer Suzanne Tick and work by artists Laura Letinsky & John Paul Morabito.
The showroom is comprised of three contiguous spaces, each with a distinct atmosphere as it relates to the respective product featured.
The front showroom is located along a public mall from which one is able to view a hazy, glassy green forest scene on one wall and a translucent, patterned mirror on the other, each accompanied by selected furniture. This space is intended to invite visitors to enter, but also as a space to engage with product representatives.
The central showroom is the largest and entirely dedicated to the Transcend Collection by Suzanne Tick. The collection is composed of six patterns, each with options for printing technique, transparency and color. In an effort to organize the vast array of options, a thin, black metal framework is used to support panels from the collection. It runs the length of the central showroom, allowing visitors to experience an interplay of pattern, surface and volume.
The rear showroom functions as a gallery. Three walls are used to simply display the collaborative glass artwork by artists Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito. The artwork is rich, colorful and lively, offering a counterpoint to the preceding spaces.