Jamie Durie for B+N: NEW Infused Veneer

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We are delighted to introduce a special collaboration with international award-winning designer, author, and television host, Jamie Durie.

Inside the Design

Durie and his team have inspired a unique design language, called “transterior”, to describe the creation of environments with seamless transitions between the indoors & out. The philosophy of bringing the outdoors inside and the indoors outside, helps to forge a deeper and more organic connection to nature within a constructed habitat.

This ideal curation of an environment inspired by nature – its elements and textures, required the perfect vehicle (hint hint: B+N Infused Veneer) to translate Jamie’s vision of imbuing interior spaces with the natural world. The result: a fresh and visceral collection set to dramatically transform spaces, while maintaining a symbiotic relationship with the outside world.

The Jamie Durie Infused Veneer Collection includes 11 styles, each an exclusive celebration of the shapes, colors, or textures discovered in both the rare and ordinary plants, flowers, objects, and landscapes found across the globe. Through skillful repetition of image and pattern, bold or delicate use of color, and varied but intentional scale-play, this ethnobotanical collection serves to inspire us from the inside out and the outside in, aka – our “transteriors”.

What is Infused?
Our Infused Veneer is a revolutionary product that “infuses” imagery and graphics into wood veneer species – such as maple, cherry, and walnut. These LEED certified 48” x 96” architectural panels can be used as focal walls, casework fronts, and can utilitze any of our panel-based merchandising product such as the Puck System.

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Jamie Durie For B+N Infused Veneer: Abstract Navajo

 

Inspired by the unmistakable patterns found in Southwest Native American weaving. Navajo textiles are highly prized collector’s items. Originally used in every day life, they became a staple of trading between the Native Americans and those along the Santa Fe Trail. Originally, the weavers would dye the wool using colors from nature around them: plants, beetles, piñon pitch, ash, and clay.

Our modern interpretation gives this abstract pattern three-dimensional depth with a mix of cool and warm grey tones layered upon metallic shades of copper, gold, and rose gold.

Shown here in Cherry. Abstract Navajo is a 3-panel repeat.

Jamie Durie for Riva 1920 Tubular Chairs with Sputnik Floor Lamp

#JamieDurieforBN, Shibori

Jamie Durie For B+N Infused Veneer: Shibori

SHIBORI

Shibori panels are a geometric reinterpretation of the the traditional Japanese technique of dyeing natural fiber cloth using thread, wood, and string. Traditional Shibori indigo dye is derived from from the True Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) plant, native to Asia. When Shibori is repeated vertically, this ethereal design creates a memorable statement and offers its greatest visual impact.

Shown here in Maple. Shibori is a 3-panel repeat.

Sputnik Table Lamp with Hugo Sunlounge by Jamie Durie

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Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Falling Dots

Inspired by the indigenous art of Australia and other indigenous, aboriginal cultures around the globe. This naïve pattern borrows earthy tones from the Australian landscape, and gives the feeling of being wrapped in hanging vines or the trickling of rain drops down a window.

Shown here in Maple. Falling Dots is a single-panel repeat.

Tubular Chair by Jamie Durie for Riva 1920 with Sputnik Multi Pendant

Wave Dots, #JamieDurieforBN

Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Wave Dots

WAVE DOTS

The gradient of dots in this pattern paint a landscape of rolling sand dunes, misty mountain ranges or crashing waves – either way a dramatic backdrop for any room setting. This is also the only monochromatic design in the collection.

Shown here in Maple. Wave Dots is a 3-panel repeat.

Large and Medium Sputnik Lanterns with Hugo Sunlounge by Jamie Durie

Pink Frangipani, #JamieDurieforBN

Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Pink Frangipani

PINK FRANGIPANI

Here, pressed Frangipani, or Plumeria, displays its strong, graphic leaf shape into a burst of pink. These flowers are native to tropical and sub-tropical regions, and are most fragrant at night.

Shown here in Maple. Pink Frangipani is a 2-panel repeat.

Jamie Durie for Riva 1920 Rope Stool with Hugo Single Seat Sofa

#JamieDurieforBN, Blush-Tone Florals

Jamie Durie For B+N Infused Veneer: Blush-Tone Florals

Brazillian Jasmine – Mandevilla Sanderi. A continuation in ‘pressed flower’ design, here we’ve used the showy trumpet-shaped white brazilian blooms to create this tessellation. In their natural habitats, these flowers blossom on vines that grow vigorously, quickly transforming a bare surface into a visually appealing frieze of flowers. Our paneling mimics this au natural phenomenon with higher notes of graphic contrast.

Shown here in Maple. Blush-Tone Florals is a single-panel repeat.

#JamieDurieforBN, Blue Florals

Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Blue Florals

BLUE FLORALS

Plumbago – Plumbago auriculata. Quite frankly we couldn’t have picked a more common backyard plant as inspiration for this design. Baby blue coloured Plumbago flowers, singled out and pressed the old-fashioned way between the pages of hefty books, then scanned to create an X-Ray effect and manipulated into the magical design you see before you. The most humble bloom transformed in the most extraordinary fashion to create an optical kaleidoscope.

Shown here in Cherry. Blue Florals is a 2-panel repeat.

Sputnik Pendant Lamp, with Hugo Single Seat Sofa, and Weave Umbrella Stand by Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie For B+N Infused Veneer: Donkey Tails

Jamie Durie For B+N Infused Veneer: Donkey Tails

Donkey Tail, or Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum) is a type of flowering succulent native to southern Mexico and Honduras. The fleshy blue-green leaves and trailing stems form an unmistakably dramatic and inherently sophisticated silhouette.

Shown here in Cherry. Donkey Tails is a 3-panel repeat.

#JamieDurieforBN, Chain of Pearls

Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Chain of Pearls

CHAIN OF PEARLS

The succulent, Chain Of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), when found in its natural habitat of southwestern Africa, trails along the ground, rooting where it touches and forming dense mats. When cultivated, it usually cascades over walls and fences, creating a natural and unique drapery of green.

Shown here in Maple. Chain Of Pearls is a 3-panel repeat.

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Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Zig Zag Spike

ZIG ZAG SPIKE

Zig Zag Spike – Euphorbia pseudocactus. Inspired by the desert landscape and blue skies of one of Jamie’s favourite places, Palm Springs. The cactus & succulent plants symbolize warmth, protection, and endurance. They have become very popular in visual design for their beautiful yet harsh, architectural quality. These panels create a strong visual effect through the repetition of forms undiluted by the addition of anything else and are a lovely, unexpected stroke when used indoors.

Shown here in Maple. Zig Zag Spike is a 3-panel repeat.

Sputnik Floor Lamp, with Hugo Single Seat Sofa, and Hugo Side Table by Jamie Durie

#JamieDurieforBN, Candelabra

Jamie Durie for B+N Infused Veneer: Candelabra

CANDELABRA

Candelabra tree – Euphorbia ingens. Also inspired by the arid desert landscape and clear blue skies of Palm Springs. This is a fun and unexpected way to bring the no maintenance beauty, serenity, and life force of these stunning plants inside.

Shown here in Maple. Candelbra is a 3-panel repeat.

Large and Medium Sputnik Lanterns with Hugo Single Seat Sofa with Side Table by Jamie Durie

A moment with designer Jamie Durie at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles…


Access to the complete #JamieDurieforBN catalog here including technical details and specifications.

For additional information on this inspirational collection, please visit our website or give us a call…

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B+N Industries Makes ICFF Inaugural Debut

B+N Industries x Shantell Martin, ICFF NYC

#ShantellMartinforBN

Burlingame, Calif. (April 21, 2015) – B+N Industries is pleased to announce their inaugural debut at The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in Booth 1762, Friday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 19. In what is set to be an interactive and product driven celebration of artistic talent, B+N Industries will feature of the moment artist Shantell Martin illustrating live on their most versatile merchandising and design solution, System 1224. On the other side, the colorful and whimsical collaboration of Furniture, Infused Veneer, (and even Surfboards) with the late artist Rex Ray will be spotlighted. Also making its premiere is Fortina: a remarkable architectural system that will fool your senses, replicating wood slats and Louvers with aluminum and a hyper-realistic non-pvc surface.

As leaders in their industry, B+N is committed to developing innovative products while striving to keep creativity at the forefront, and are always looking for ways to inspire. A natural extension of their mission involves relevance and making intentional choices to surround their brand with people and ideas that reflect what is of the moment, interesting, and unique.

To that end, B+N Industries has chosen talent that embodies this relevance and are excited to feature both established and new wave artistry paired with their products at ICFF. Using their System 1224 and Fortina as her blank canvas, Shantell will apply her “trademark black ink” to every inch of white surface over the course of the show. Her meditation of lines; language of creatures and messages will invite our viewers to share a role in her creative process. The alternate side of their installation will be a celebration of Rex Ray for B+N, an exclusive collection of Furniture, Surfboards, and Infused Veneer created using cutting edge industrial applications.

Originally from London with a VJ stint in Tokyo, artist Shantell Martin is currently living out her dream in New York where she recently became a visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab. In between “Drawing On Everything”, you can find her collaborating with high-profile designers like Kelly Wearstler, creating displays for luxury retail brands like Joyce (Hong Kong), working on exclusive commissions for private clients, teaching at ITP NYU, or volunteering with some of her favorite Arts organizations. Shantell has been featured in Vogue, Elle, T Magazine, Vie, Vibe, The New York Times, The New Yorker, 1st Dibs, California Home & Design, MOMA, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Jimmy Kimmel Show to name a few.

Artist Rex Ray, real name Michael Patterson, was born in Germany but eventually came to the states and settled in San Francisco to attend the Art Institute. In fact, San Franciscans are honored to consider him one of their own for both his contributions to Art and Activism. Ray’s iconic work ranges from fine art to collages made entirely by hand, paintings on both resin and canvas, photography, print works, as well as graphic design. Once familiar it is impossible not to recognize these abstract, color-filled, playful patterns with mid-century modern influences and psychedelic whimsy as his. Our collaboration is the perfect fusion of his artistry with our innovative design techniques.

To see the exclusive Rex Ray collection, or to meet and experience the evolution of Shantell Martin for B+N Industries in person, visit Booth 1762 at ICFF, May 16 – 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. it is open to both trade and general public.

Follow B+N on social media for information in real-time and use the official tag #RexRayxBN and #ShantellMartinforBN to share your moments.

Find more detailed information on ICFF below.

Celebrate the life and work of artist Rex Ray through the #RexRayxBN collaboration, B+N Industries Design

Celebrate the life and work of artist Rex Ray through the #RexRayxBN collaboration.

Be inspired by Shantell Martin as she creates the #ShantellMartinforBN experience in our space, B+N Industries Design.

Be inspired by Shantell Martin as she creates the #ShantellMartinforBN experience in our space.

Fortina by B+N Industries, ICFF NYC

Let us introduce you to our newest architectural product line #Fortina, which can be used in both interior and exterior situations.

ICFF  

The 27th annual ICFF, North America’s platform for global design, will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 16-19, 2015.

North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures those in determined pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends to an encyclopedic exhibition of up-to-the-moment offerings, as well as a series of fascinating, fun, edifying programs, and a packed schedule of exhibits and features.

Register Here

Trade
Saturday, May 16
and Sunday, May 17
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Trade and General Public
Tuesday, May 19
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
(11th Avenue at 38th Street)
New York City

For the four-day duration of the Fair, 165,000 net square feet (15,300 net square meters) of the Javits Center will be abuzz with more than 32,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers. On Tuesday, May 19, the ICFF opens its doors to the general public, as well.

More than 700 exhibitors from all points of the globe will display contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors. This remarkable throng of exhibitors creates an unparalleled opportunity to view a broad yet highly focused selection of the world’s finest, most innovative, and original avant-garde home and contract products side-by-side, under one roof.

The ICFF hosts representatives from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S., United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Making their yearly pilgrimage to the celebrated design hub will be contingents from Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Brazilian Furniture, British European Design Group (BEDG), Ceramics of Italy, Design Philippines, Furniture New York, The Furniture Society (U.S.), Inside Norway, Interiors from Spain and Portugal Brands.

Experience Shantell Martin for B+N Industries

For this year’s GlobalShop we wanted to do something fresh, modern and memorable, so we invited artist Shantell Martin to apply her #DrawingOnEverything philosophy to our installation using her trademark black ink on white surfaces. Without question, Shantell Martin for B+N Industries was the highlight of the show. Many of you were captivated by Shantell’s presence, personality, and live art performance, but for those of you who missed it – this is your opportunity to get the creative scoop.

System 1224 with LED lit panels and Fortina, B+N Industries Design, Las Vegas

We started with a blank canvas using our System 1224 as the focus, composed of white, black, and LED lit paneling, acrylic boxes, shelving, and desk, while Fortina creates a semi-enclosed ceiling and frames our logo.

The foundational elements of our Shantell Martin for B+N experience were based on one of our most versatile merchandising and interior designs, System 1224. This system uses rectilinear forms and repeating modularity with light, taut, planar surfaces – devoid of applied ornamentation with the capacity to adapt to any interior, aesthetic, or type of merchandise. Timelessness and adjustability are at the core of the system, and usability is inherent in its disciplined design. Any component can be removed and replaced from the front of the system, singularly, without tools. This gives the user the opportunity to quickly grow and change a project with the seasons, marketing rollouts, or current inventory. Just as the great modernist architects of the last century designed buildings with implicit functionality and simplicity, System 1224 is a classic solution for the retail and hospitality environments of today.

Panoramic Pure View of Shantell Martin for B+N Industries

Panoramic shot of our installation, Fortina encloses the edge and top with mixed lighting and the LED lit boxes show the possibilities inherent in System 1224.

We used our newest product line, Fortina, to finish the perimeter wall which continued on to a create a ceiling. This remarkable architectural system will fool your senses by replicating wood slats and Louvers with aluminum and a hyper-realistic non-pvc surface. The combination of these materials makes the collection perfect for “green” building. The large collection of finishes has a touch and feel that is indistinguishable from real wood. It dramatically enhances interior and exterior environments with the benefits of lighter weight, less cost, less waste, easier installation, as well as more consistent color and finish than real wood.

Detail shot of Fortina Louvers which frame our B+N Industries logo...

Detail shot of Fortina Louvers which frame our B+N Industries logo…

Since Shantell’s trademark involves applying black ink to white surfaces (and occasionally silver ink to black surfaces), it was only natural to build a predominantly white version of System 1224 for her working canvas – with a dose of black for added drama. The panels, shelving, and desk were powder coated in white, while the black panels were powder coated in black. A few unique standouts were the LED lit graphic panels used in between the white and black paneled sections, acrylic boxes containing white converse high tops, and a black metal case within the black paneling that Shantell used to create a special hand drawn silver vignette.

Side View of Shantell Martin for B+N Industries Blank Canvas Using System 1224

Side view of our pure installation of System 1224 and Fortina before Shantell Martin transforms the space. White and Black paneling are separated by LED lit panels.

Shantell’s process always involves a mix of spontaneity and thoughtful precision. With each piece, she intuitively determines a starting point and then applies a single uninterrupted first stroke which serves as a reference point for the flow of the surrounding lines to come. At the beginning of Day 1 as seen in the video snapshot below, Shantell had an entirely pure and untouched canvas to work with. She began with her initiation line and moved around System 1224 repeating this technique until she found a resting place to branch out the details of her visual story.

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries Using System 1224, (Firestone) from B+N Industries on Vimeo.

Nothing in the space was immune to Shantell’s touch, that meant acrylic boxes, shelving, the desk, and ottomans were all fair game. Perhaps the most interesting moments occurred when her pen hit the LED lit paneling, black metal box, and the floor which we reserved for the start of Day 2.

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries using System 1224

Shantell works on the panels of our System 1224, while words and messages can be seen throughout

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries drawing on LED panels of System 1224

Shantell writing Are You You on our favorite feature of this installatiom, the LED lit panels of System 1224

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, #DrawingonEverything using System 1224

Shantell covers the white powder coated desk in her signature way. The desk can be attached to any point on System 1224. She even plays off the book on top asking Do We Read? You will also sea that she likes to have fun spelling certain words.

Watch her work on our work in this video capturing the entire #SMxBN space.

SMxBN: See Shantell Martin at Work from B+N Industries on Vimeo.

#ShantellMartinforBN, Shantell Martin for B+N Industries installation

View from an angle of our Shantell Martin space end of Day 1.

Panoramic View of Shantell Martin for B+N Industries at the end of Day 1 of installation, #ShantellMartinforBN

Panoramic view of The Shantell Martin for B+N Industries installation at the end of Day 1.

At the beginning of Day 2, Shantell hit the floor and applied her incredible visual language to every corner. This was one of our favorite aspects of the #ShantellMartinforBN installation, and it added such a unique layer of artistic interest. Take a peek at the time lapse video below to watch Shantell take over our floor.

Shantell Martin Hits The Floor for B+N Industries from B+N Industries on Vimeo.

Shantell Martin drawing on the floor for B+N Industries, #ShantellMartinforBN

Shantell Martin hits the floor for B+N Industries at the start of Day 2

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, drawing on the floor for #ShantellMartinforBN

Not one to leave anything out, she tackled the floor underneath the desk. Here you can also see the acrylic boxes above with her touch.

If you’ve been paying attention, you might be wondering how Shantell was able to draw in permanent marker on System 1224 two consecutive days in row. Here is where it gets interesting, since we wanted Shantell to be able to begin each day with a clean slate we decided to use our custom magnetic graphics in solid white to cover each of the panels. These magnetic pieces are currently employed to display marketing or custom imagery in the retail and hospitality environments or they can be done as shown. Many of our visitors found it remarkable how seamlessly our magnetic graphics can transform each System 1224 panel. So with her original artwork underneath, Shantell was ready to begin a new masterpiece.

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, drawing on System 1224, #ShantellMartinforBN

Shantell starts Day 2 by playfully reminding not to hide in the corner on System 1224…

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, drawing on LED panels, Are Your Lights On

Are your lights on? Ours are… We love how the silver popped on the black panels of System 1224 and how the floor ads interest to the rest of the environment

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, Word Play

We even changed out the LED lit boxes on the second day for Shantell to play…

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, #ShantellMartinforBN

Shantell Martin takes a moment to enjoy her incredible installation for B+N Industries

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, full installation, #ShantellMartinforBN

A view of the entire #ShantellMartinforBN experience at the end of the show

Shantell’s installations have similar qualities due to the use of her chosen format of black and white. This monochromatic approach allows the eye to explore her work without the influential tone that color can give, i.e. apples are red and figures have flesh. Each of her pieces is entirely original, and always contains a philosophical message throughout. The heart of her work involves engaging the viewer with playful and whimsical shapes, characters, and text in both question and statement form. There are a few iconic phrases she likes to use as a compass in her own artistic journey that she shares with her audience, such as Who Are You, Are You You, and You Are You. This simple question/answer wordplay has given her internal direction in the art world and has become a fundamental assessment tool in keeping her mission at the forefront, a reminder to be oneself in all things. Throughout the show, Shantell engaged the audience and passed along her black & white message with hand drawn cards. She also personalized her outfit to include a custom message for B+N Industrues as seen below.

Artist Shantell Martin wears a custom shirt for her collaboration with B+N Industries...Why are you here today?

Shantell created her own custom shirt each day to embrace her B+N Industries installation…Why are you here today?

Who Are You? Are You You? You Are You...Shantell's philosophies are always inherent in her work.

Who Are You? Are You You? You Are You…Shantell’s philosophies are always inherent in her work.

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries, System 1224

Shantell created an inspirational vignette using silver on the black metal box attached to System 1224.

Artist Shantell Martin in her custom shirt for B+N Industries

Shantell sports her custom shirt for Day 2 of the show, What’s in Your Pocket?

Artist Shantell Martin with B+N Industries CEO, Brad Somberg, in front of her #ShantellMartinforBN installation.

Shantell and our CEO, Brad Somberg, had a great deal of fun during the show and managed to entertain each other easily with intelligent banter

B+N Industries Team - Annette Garcia - Lena Lim - Erica Hirschfeld during #ShantellMartinforBN

Annette Garcia, Lena Lim, and Erica Hirschfeld from the B+N Industries team enjoying the #ShantellMartinforBN experience…

Artist Shantell Martin, with our Director of Digital + Social Media, Sarah Somberg, who is wearing a hashtag dress by Issa for #ShantellMartinforBN.

The artist, Shantell Martin, with our Director of Digital + Social Media, Sarah Somberg, who is wearing a #hashtag dress by Issa for #ShantellMartinforBN.

Our Director of Social Media shows off #SMxBN hashtag nails holding a custom water bottle for the Shantell Martin for B+N Industries event

We sported our social media shortened hashtag #SMxBN to spread the message about Shantell Martin for B+N Industries and passed out custom water bottles with our signature B+N orange label and original Shantell artwork.

We feel it is our responsibility as a brand to develop and inspire the next generation of designers – since Shantell Martin is currently a scholar at MIT (Media Lab), it felt natural to have her host an exclusive class for current students majoring in the Arts and Fashion related degrees. The students were so grateful and thrilled to have intimate time with her. During the hour sessions at the end of each day, she demonstrated her artistic process and explored the philosophical meanings behind some of her work.

Shantell Martin demonstrates her process for students from FIT NYC during the Shantell Martin for B+N Industries event..

Shantell demonstrates her process for students from FIT NYC…

Artist Shantell Martin gives a master class for students in fashion and design during the Shantell Martin for B+N Industries collaboration.

With PAVE’s help via Dash Nagel, we were able to fill our sessions easily with energetic students and great energy from Shantell.

A personal shot we love of Zorina Price capturing her wife, artist Shantell Martin at work during the Shantell Martin for B+N Industries event...

A personal shot we love of Zorina Price capturing her wife at work…

At the end of the session, Shantell continued “Drawing on Everything” with our employees and students offering up themselves for fresh “Shantoos” (aka Shantell Tatoos)…

Shantell Martin even drew on the students during the B+N Industries event

Shantell even drew on the students…

At the end of the show, we were delighted to receive the Outstanding Booth award from VMSD. We are so honored to have been able to partner with artist Shantell Martin for this special installation, and look forward to sharing more of her with you at our next appearance at ICFF in New York, May 16-19, 2015.

B+N Industries wins Outstanding Booth for our collaboration with artist Shantell Martin from VMSD

What do you read? VMSD…

All photos and video content courtesy of B+N Industries

Monochrome Mood: Black + White

B+N Industries Blog Quotes - Dr Seuss

We are opening our eyes to all things Black and White at B+N Industries in honor of our GlobalShop feature artist, Shantell Martin, and her trademark use of black ink on white surfaces. Be inspired by the bold, dramatic, and modern feel you can create by adding some of our favorite monochrome products to your space.

Image_1263The Classy Chairs in Gloss Black and Gloss White, with English Garden and Roman Horse images slipped into acrylic backs

TurnedWoodTable

The Turned Wood Table in Gloss Black with a glass top

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Iconic Table in Gloss White Helsinki Pattern

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Iconic Fleur Panels in Gloss Black

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Iconic Versailles Panels in Black and Matte White

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Iconic Panels in Matte White Albert Pattern

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Iconic Panels in Matte White Broadcast Pattern

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The Iconic Bedroom Collection complete with Headboard, Platform Bed, and Dresser, all in Gloss Black Albert Pattern

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Iconic Low Credenza in Gloss White Albert Pattern

B+N Industries Puck 3-Way Merchandising Unit

Puck 3 – Way Merchandising Unit in Black

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Iconic 2 – Way Merchandising Unit in Matte White Helsinki Pattern

Rex Ray (1953 – 2015)

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You left us far too soon, but your joy, vision,

and humor will color us forever.#231_Rex.2#231_Rex.2

The news of his passing came earlier this week, and it goes without saying that many of us carried a heavy heart around the office that day. Although not an entirely sudden departure, considering his long standing battle with Lymphoma, it will always have been too soon for us to see him go.

THE ARTIST

Rex Ray, real name Michael Patterson, was born in Germany but eventually came to the states and settled in San Francisco to attend the Art Institute. In fact, San Franciscans are honored to consider him one of their own for both his contributions to Art and Activism. Ray’s iconic work ranges from fine art to collages made entirely by hand, paintings on both resin and canvas, photography, print works, as well as graphic design. Once familiar its impossible not to recognize these abstract, color-filled, playful patterns with mid-century modern influences and psychedelic whimsy as his.

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Rex Ray, contemplating one of his more muted and contemporary collages, as his loyal companion Skeeter competes for his attention.

Gallery 16 in San Francisco was the last to represent him, but his works have been seen at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, as well as numerous luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. He has created work for Apple, Dreamworks, Sony Music, Warner Brothers, City Lights Publishers, Matador Records, Serpent’s Tail, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizzoli, Powerhouse, Mute Records, and Crown Books. Some of the legendary musicians he produced artwork for include David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, REM, Bjork, U2, and Radiohead.

Here are a few pieces to refresh your visual palette…

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COLLABORATION

As a brand that is design driven, we are internally aware that collaborations are key part of our industry. Through the creation and launch of our incredibly popular Iconic Panels and Infused Veneer, our Creative Director, Kevin McPhee, became pattern obsessed. He couldn’t help but think of Rex Ray, a local artist he long admired, who could easily work in pattern format and was already using a great deal of woodgrain texture is his artwork. It seemed a perfect fit for our first major collaboration, so we met with Rex and his team to discuss.

Upon reviewing our work and what would be his future palette, Ray was on board – literally. In addition to doing a range of Iconic Panels and Infused Veneer, he also wanted to have some fun with us in creating a line of furniture and a limited edition collection of twelve Cordell Surfboards.

Ultimately, we decided to use 3 of Rex Ray’s distinct patterns on each of the four substrates (Iconic Panels, Infused Veneer, Furniture, Surfboards), taking into consideration the ideal scale for repetition within a single piece and working with his most identifiable shapes.

ICONIC PANELS

Iconic Panels are an exclusive line of elegant carved relief panels we create that are inspired by important and enduring people, places, and design movements. These decorative panels feature unique patterns and colors that can dramatically enhance interior environments.

Iconic Panels are created using an innovative process of formed laminate over a carved wood core. Incredibly durable , they can be sawn, nailed, screwed, glued, or simply mounted on walls with our special Panel Cleats. Iconic Panels can also be easily outfitted with most of our shelving and accessory hardware, and work especially well with our Puck System.

We chose to Matte White as the backdrop for our Rex Ray for B+N Industries Iconic Panels using his Ellipses, Arches, and Stones patterns. We fell in love with the feeling his typically colorful palettes gave when stripped down to such a minimalist version, giving a strikingly modern feel.

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Iconic Panels in Matte White Ellipses pattern

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Iconic Panels in Matte White Arches pattern

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Iconic Panels in Matte White Stones pattern

INFUSED VENEER

Infused Veneer is a revolutionary collection of panels from B+N that infuses imagery and graphics on to various wood species veneers – such as maple, cherry, and walnut. These 48″ x 96″ architectural panels can be used as decorative walls, display walls, in fixtures, and can utilize any of our panel based merchandising product, such as the Puck System.

While creating strong graphic presentation with scale, the warmth of the real wood grain is delicately apparent through the imagery. This imbues the panels with a mellow, dimensional feel. The effect is as if these panels have been part of an interior for years.

The impact of Ray’s patterns on our Infused Veneer came as no surprise to us, and simultaneously remains so fresh, interesting, and relevant as we look back on them now. The saturation of each color, type, and shape seems to offer just the right amount of fun and flavor that even the most conservative amongst us can appreciate.

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Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Cherry

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Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Maple

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Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Walnut

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Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Cherry

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Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Maple

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Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Walnut

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Infused Veneer in Ellipses and Waves pattern with closed Credenza in Cherry

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Infused Veneer in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Maple

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Infused Veneer in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Walnut

FURNITURE

The Rex Ray Furniture Collection is made with a combination of Infused Veneer patterns through an entirely different process than our panels, using a low V.O.C. clear coated veneer over a wood core. The collection is constructed with hospitality, retail, and residential quality, furniture making techniques. As seen in the Infused Veneer Collection, we continued to use our  patterns on Maple, Cherry, and Walnut.

Many people are unaware of our furniture skills, even though we’ve been playing around with this medium for years (i.e. Iconic Room Furniture). We truly are a full service design company, and love the challenge in creating custom solutions for our projects which include our team’s involvement in every aspect of planning, to designing, sourcing, prototyping, and manufacturing in our factories.

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Open and closed Credenza in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry

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The Plinth table in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry

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The Nesting Table collection in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry

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Bench in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry

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Cubes in Ellipses and Waves Pattern in Cherry

SURFBOARDS

We enlisted the pros at Cordell Surfboards to hook us up with top of the line professional boards to use as canvases for our twelve piece Limited Edition Collection. Each surfboard is signed by Rex Ray and numbered, and were hand-shaped by Cordell Miller, who is often referred to as one of the best surfer/shapers in the world.

Each surfboard was auctioned off at our event at the Eyebeam in New York, and all sales proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Here is a sampling of our functional works of art, notice the use again of Maple, Cherry, and Walnut with Ray’s three patterns also seen in the Infused Veneer and Furniture collections.

For those interested in seeing the full collection, you can check it out here.

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Limited Edition Performance Longboard in Type and Ovals pattern on Walnut

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Limited Edition Performance Surfboard in Ellipses and Waves pattern on Cherry

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Limited Edition Performance Longboard in Arches and Bumps pattern on Maple

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Limited Edition Performance Shortboard in Big Wave, Semi-Gun, Ellipses, and Waves pattern on Cherry

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Limited Edition Surfboard in Big Wave, Semi-Gun, Arches, and Bumps pattern on Walnut

NEW YORK LAUNCH

Once we completed the pieces in our Rex Ray for B+N Industries Collaboration, it was time to enlist the gurus at Mao PR and give our collection a proper launch in true gallery style at The Eyebeam in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood (which has since moved to Brooklyn). Many of you attended our grand soiree and saw first hand how we filled the massive industrial space with all things Rex Ray, including every piece from our collection mixed with rugs, bags, vases, and books by the designer himself.

To date, we consider this one of our most iconic moments as a company. The amount of depth and breadth on display spoke volumes about our company story and creative core, in addition to revealing the possibility that exists within our product lines and their ability to transform a space or be transformed through pattern.

IN TRIBUTE

It is this personal and professional journey with Rex Ray that inspired us to want to honor and celebrate him on our blog. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and experience his creative spirit first hand. Now that spirit lives on in our collaboration. Take a moment to soak up our New York design launch in the visual playground below, and enjoy your chance to smile and appreciate Michael Patterson, the man the world will always know and love as Rex Ray.

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In honor of Rex Ray (1953 – 2015)

Shantell Martin for B+N Industries at GlobalShop 2015

Burlingame, Calif. (March 5, 2015)B+N Industries is pleased to announce that artist Shantell Martin will be illustrating live at GlobalShop in Booth 2179, Tuesday, March 24 – Thursday, March 26.

As leaders in our industry, we are committed to developing innovative products while striving to keep creativity at the forefront, and are always looking for ways to inspire. A natural extension of our mission involves relevance and making intentional choices to surround our brand with people and ideas that reflect what is of the moment, interesting, and unique.

To that end, B+N Industries has chosen to feature talent that embodies this relevance and we are excited to pair her artistry with our products. Using our System 1224 and Fortina as her blank canvas, Shantell will apply her “trademark black ink” to every inch of white surface over the course of the show. Her meditation of lines; language of creatures and messages will invite our viewers to share a role in her creative process.

Originally from London with a VJ stint in Tokyo, Shantell is currently living out her dream in New York where she recently became a visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab. In between “Drawing On Everything”, you can find her collaborating with high profile designers like Kelly Wearstler, creating displays for luxury retail brands like Joyce (Hong Kong) and contemporary furniture brand Vitra, working on exclusive commissions for private clients, teaching at ITP NYU, or volunteering with some of her favorite Arts organizations.

Shantell has been featured in Vogue, Elle, T Magazine, Vie, Vibe, The New York Times, The New Yorker, 1st Dibs, California Home & Design, MOMA, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Jimmy Kimmel Show to name a few.

To meet this artist on the rise and experience the evolution of Shantell Martin for B+N Industries in person, visit Booth 2179 at GlobalShop, March 24 – 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Follow B+N on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for information in real time and use the official tag #ShantellMartinforBN to share your moments.

IMG_4936In this exclusive video for “T: The New York Times Style Magazine”, Shantell Martin discusses her process — and the mural she created for the designer Kelly Wearstler’s West Hollywood store.

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B+N Meets Shantell Martin

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 10.30.23 AMFor the woman who’s philosophy involves “Drawing on Everything”, it’s no coincidence that Shantell Martin has the word art in her name. On first glance the unknowing eye could naively assess her work as simple when evaluating her “trademark – black ink and white surfaces”. On closer evaluation of her illustrative gift to “transform everything from walls, found objects, ceramics, luxury goods, sneakers, and even faces into a visual narrative”, it becomes experientally clear that the absence of traditional color use is what invites you to explore her whimsy and sense of adventure in a way that becomes individually meaningful.

Color can serve as an easy guide for the eye, informing you that an apple is red or faces are some shade of flesh. When the object is composed of black & white, your eye no longer pin points where to start or hang out. You immediately begin a journey of exploration that is self guiding, allowing you to find hidden things. Or as she likes to put it, “people find the messages they need” within each piece. This inventive form of visual language she is creating with her work teaches us a new way to see and communicate.

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We are always on the lookout for unique happenings in the art, fashion, and retail scene, and there’s nothing we love more than when these worlds collide. We love the idea of an artist creating interest with works of art as the backdrop for high fashion, objects, or home collections, and we weren’t the only ones falling in love at first sight with this artist on the rise.

Forward thinking interior, furniture, textile, object, and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler also took note, developing a serious design crush on her that eventually turned into a full on collaboration. Kelly reasoned that “Everything has Shantell’s hand on it. What she does can’t be repeated — especially when it’s done so spontaneously. I love Picasso and Keith Haring, and Shantell’s work has that kind of sensibility and familiarity.” Which is why she didn’t hesitate to have Shantell apply her signature to a Limited Edition set of her White Calcutta and Negro Marquina Kiss, Box, Diamond, Fractured Heart, and furniture pieces like the Elliot Chair and Brea Ottoman, as well as fashion totes and scarves. The collection was sold through Kelly Wearstler1st Dibs, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Shantell Martin hangs with design powerhouse Kelly Wearstler

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A few pieces from the Kelly Wearstler x Shantell Martin Collaboration

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Now that we were properly infatuated with Shantell, we were ready to cross paths in person in hopes of working together in some creative capacity. Apparently we put that energy out into the universe, because our paths did literally cross on a walk to dinner in Miami during Art Basel in December. Through a googly-eyed admiration filled spiel, we traded business cards and she gave us a few stickers (like the ones below) with her message on them as well as our own “Drawing on Everything” black marker. We wanted to know more about her story, these stickers, and that pen – for it was clear she had something to say.

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We finally got the chance to go deeper with Shantell during a visit to her Tribeca studio. She playfully charmed us with her gentle spirit and walked us through all of the curious objects that fill her space. As it turns out, this Central Saint Martin’s honor grad and former Tokyo based VJ has been drawing from her humble beginnings in London to tell her story for years. In fact, many of the objects she loves to work with include toys that were economically impossible to own as a child (such as airplanes or dolls), and she is the first to admit her obsession with being a “big kid”. At the same time, the creativity inspired through some of her childhood experience is what breeds her curiosity with objects many would consider discarding – like plastic bottles or chunks of leftover construction site marble. Who isn’t familiar with the imagination’s ability to expand when you give a kid a cardboard box or a shiny set of pots and pans? Or in this case, A white wall or object and a black marker.

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Inside Shantell’s studio you will find a variety of toys and objects – airplanes, slabs of marble, tennis shoes, chairs in black and white. Below you will find her imagination extends to the interior of the plane.

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However, it isn’t all black and white when it comes to Shantell, there’s also a philosophical message at play in her work that has origins in her family dynamic as the only mixed race child in a family with five blonde haired blue-eyed siblings. In fact, the visual difference in her appearance helped to propel the exploration of her signature phrases, “WHO ARE YOU”, “ARE YOU YOU”, and “YOU ARE YOU” (which also serve hidden typographical messages about finding the WAY and getting to YAY).

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A complete Shantell space with covered walls, message filled benches, and backlit artwork.

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She uses these phrases as a kind of personal compass, and they began garnering the attention of an audience around the same time she made the move to New York City in 2008/9. The transition to NYC “marked the beginning of a rapid ascent into the art world. Her brand collaborations with prominent commercial brands, as well as with bespoke luxury partners like 3×1 denim, Suno, and Jaw Bone quickly drew a fine art and commercial audience.” These days, between her work with main stream and private clients, Shantell also serves as an adjunct professor at ITP, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and recently became a visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab where she’s making strides with technology and art in ways that will make your inner geek smile.

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A printed circuit board by Shantell Martin from her work in the MIT Media Lab, details here.

Speaking of smiling, we haven’t stopped doing so since working out the details of our upcoming debut of Shantell Martin in our Booth (#2179) during this year’s GlobalShop, March 24th – 26th, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. We are so excited and grateful to be able to share in the journey of this rising star. We know that you will fall in love with her spirit, whimsy, and curiosity as we have. Stay tuned for all of the incredible details to follow, as you will not want to miss out on your opportunity to meet her and see her in action!

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 Shantell Martin for B+N Industries

Visit our Pinterest page for a quick introduction to Shantell’s work, or you can check out her site and start following her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr.

Photos and quotes from Shantell Martin, as well as reference to her interviews with Vogue and The New York Times.

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