Remembering Rex Ray

Rex Ray’s artwork ranges from collage on paper, canvas and resin boards to digital work. Ray’s work is made entirely by hand. The collages are made with hand-painted and printed papers hand cut with scissors. His work combines a mid-century modern aesthetic with psychedelic color palette and shapes. Ray was known for popularizing the use of high-gloss resin panels – encasing his colorful, graphic collage designs in a gorgeous glossy layer of resin.

Ray’s collages, paintings and design work have been exhibited at galleries and museums, including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas; and NYC.

Rex Ray’s exhibition are currently at the SFMOMA and San Francisco’s Gallery 16

Abstract and handcrafted, with a retrofuturistic feel, Rex Ray’s work is always identifiable, whether seen on museum or gallery walls, in hip restaurants and boutique hotels — or on book, CD covers or rock posters. He worked on a wide range of custom projects for Apple, Dreamworks, Swatch and David Bowie among others.

We at B+N Industries are proud to have worked with him; his inimitable talent forged into our lines of Infused Veneer™ Panels and carved relief Iconic Panels™. Rex Ray’s feel for wood grain, pattern, and shape melds perfectly with the warmth and graphic quality of these exclusive product lines. Whether used in retail, hospitality, or contract applications, this collection will be sure to bring an impactful and individualistic aesthetic to any interior.

Off The Grid…

1224 Gridbreaking Panels and Accessories create a dynamic rhythm.

Design Off The Grid with our NEW Architectural System, Gridbreaking 1224

Gridbreaking Panels and Accessories bring a new level of design play to System 1224. With various panel sizes up to 48″ wide and 96″ tall, designers can create a more dynamic rhythm to the presentation. Combine the Metal Panels with magnetic graphics for powerful statements of color, pattern, and images.

Join us at Globalshop in Booth 1771, March 23 – 25, in Las Vegas, to explore the possibilities of 1224 Gridbreaking while discovering applications for current and future projects. We’ve reserved a spot for you, so take a moment now to register using the link and secure your free Expo Pass.

The wall is your canvas. Don’t follow the rules. Break the Grid.

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NEW: Electrified 1224 by B+N, Globalshop Launch

Electrified 1224 by B+N Industries, Globalshop Launch

Introducing Electrified 1224. All the strength and functionality of System 1224 with the hi-tech addition of plug-and-play LED illuminated shelves and cabinets…

Get up close and personal with our most powerful system to date at Globalshop, Booth 1771, March 23 – 25, in Las Vegas.

Follow the link for details:

System 1224

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New Kit on the Block

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Inside the Nolita boutique of the new technical luxury brand, Kit and Ace, on Elizabeth Street in NYC. (Photo credit: B+N Industries)

By Erin M. Loewe for Design Retail Magazine

“Athleisure” wear is a relatively new concept, and its explosive growth over the past few years shows no signs of abating. However, while many people prefer to live in their yoga pants, a comfortable, more sophisticated alternative may soon get their attention.

Enter Kit and Ace, a new and growing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based retailer co-created by Shannon and JJ Wilson, the wife and son of lululemon Founder Chip Wilson. Shannon and JJ are merging their knowledge of textiles and retail to offer “technical fabrics”—most notably their trademarked cashmere blend called Qemir—that are comfortable, durable and fashionable.

What started as a concept store beneath the Kit and Ace offices in Vancouver in July 2014 is poised for quick international expansion. The new single-story, 1,851-sq.-ft. store in New York’s trendy Nolita neighborhood is considered a flagship for the brand, upon which many new store designs will be based. Kit and Ace has been opening an average of one store per week since the Nolita store opening last November.

To create a store with a sleek, urban aesthetic that was easily transferrable, Kit and Ace partnered with Vancouver-based Evoke International Design and Burlingame, Calif.-based B+N Industries.

“Passionately, we design our shops with a strong sense of place, but the nature of our rollout program requires us to have a large pre-fabricated component,” says Jordi Morros, head of shop development at Kit and Ace. “In collaboration with B+N and (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada-based) Divert Millwork, the Kit and Ace shop development team has produced a unique fixture package that is the foundation for our custom-built shops, with flexibility for future growth and economies of scale. Basically, we’ve ended up with transformable spaces, installed in minimal time, at a quality level you would expect to find in a high-end home.”

The Nolita store exudes a relaxed yet modern vibe. Reclaimed redwood planks flank the exterior of the store, and inside, warm white ash floors and white extruded metal wall panels brighten the space. The simplicity is broken up by splashes of Kit and Ace’s signature blue, as well as copper accents.

“The materials used were intended to be representative of a simple West Coast modern design aesthetic,” says David Nicolay, principal and lead designer at Evoke. “We started working with white ash as the material for the walls; it complements the refined nature of the clothing. The combination of stained white ash, white panels, black ‘hot walls’ and copper accents were to ensure the product had an interesting background to sit upon, but still allowed the product to be the feature of the store and not compete with its surroundings. The added touches of copper throughout the store design were to further enhance the feeling of luxury.”

B+N provided the bulk of the fixture package, all the way to the peg hooks, which display the thread in the store’s tailor shop—an area that features an in-house trend designer who helps with monogramming and other customization services.

Gary Somberg, architectural representative at B+N, says the combination of the company’s 1224 and Fortina louvered upright systems was totally unique to Kit and Ace. “The perimeter walls were designed as almost a clean slate,” he explains. “You could completely redesign the interior of the store; put any face-out or any T-shirt box anywhere. It’s kind of neat how they can rearrange the stores by simply moving a wall bracket.”

The centerpiece of the store is a white-ash 8-ft.-by-8-ft. square table with copper logo inlays, topped by copper pendulum lighting (both designed locally in New York). While the table acts as a workspace for employees and a gathering place for customers, its main function is to host the store’s invite-only supper club, where creative types can meet and converse.

“The supper club tables are unique to each shop, as they are created by a hyper-local artisan,” Morros says. “Being square is key, as it allows everyone to be engaged in one conversation…in short, it’s a way for us to engage with the local creative class and start some real, organic conversations.”

Whether its shopping for an upgraded comfy tee or the feeling of community that shoppers seek, Kit and Ace will try to meet their needs by expanding rapidly in the next two years. Morros says the company is eyeing many spots in North America, Australia, Japan and Europe.

Find the Digital Article below..

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Courtesy of Design Retail Magazine

A.R.E. Shoptalk: Hosted by B+N Industries + Gensler

We are excited to announce that B+N Industries will be hosting the San Francisco edition of A.R.E.’s Shoptalk series with Gensler at their San Francisco offices on Thursday, May 7, from 3 pm to 7:30 pm. See below for details or register directly here.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the role of technology in the worlds of physical and digital design, as well as discussion around ROI, with a networking cocktail reception to follow. Join us for this special opportunity to connect and learn with your industry peers! #AREShoptalk

B+N Industries x Gensler Host A.R.E. Shoptalk

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.

Original Release here

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 Wearstler, 1st 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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Kisses from KWxSM

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!


 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.

And The Winner Is….

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Here at B+N Industries, we can’t think of a better way to start the new year than by sharing our own inspiring, feel good story from the holiday break. As many of you know, we created a FIAT themed showroom using our Fortina line and System 1224 in our New York offices for The Retail Design Collective back in December. You might also know that visitors to our showroom were entered into our awesome #FreeFIAT Giveaway. A week after the show, we gathered in our CEO’s office to watch him pull one lucky name from the numerous entries we received. After verification consistent with giveaway rules, our Team was excited to phone the winner and share the good news.

Without further delay, the WINNER of the B+N Industries FIAT Giveaway is Tim DiCesare!


When we phoned Tim, he was absolutely ecstatic. As it turns out, Tim has been living in Kansas City for the last six and half years without a car, and everyday he takes the bus to and from work. Tim currently works as a Visual Manager and Mass Merchandiser for Hallmark Cards. (And yes, we couldn’t resist mentioning that he was about to have his very own Hallmark Moment!)

B+N Industries has given me an awesome Christmas gift!! Thank you!!!!

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On weekends, Tim would rent a car to get to the lake to relax which naturally meant his “Hertz miles are off the charts!” A few months back, he realized it was time to invest in a car but was having difficulty making a choice amongst all the options on the market. Not only did our #FreeFIAT Giveaway make the decision process stress free, through our agreement with FIAT Tim was able to visit his local Studio in Olathe, Kansas, and work with them directly to select and order his perfect car.


The FIAT Studio member, Terry Hines, made the process a breeze. He ordered in a car with the features I wanted, and took great care of me as I asked ignorant questions about registration and all that goes with a car. Terry even offered to pick me up to get me to the dealership without any hassle.


We couldn’t imagine a better way to end and begin the year at B+N. Check out the video to hear Tim’s happy story straight from him!

We had a great time working with FIAT in our latest creative venture. If you have yet to see the innovative environment we created in our New York Showroom for The Retail Design Collective using our newest product line Fortina and System 1224 with FIAT as the backdrop, you can check it out here.

Video credit: FIAT of Olathe

B+N Launches NEW Website

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We decided it was time for a virtual makeover, and wanted to take a moment to point out some of the features in our NEW socially focused and design driven site.

As you know, we recently updated our presence on Facebook and LinkedIn, started a blog, and joined the worlds of Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. We have incorporated these Social Media platforms in two ways – First by giving you “insta-access” to our Official feeds, and secondly we’ve created an option that allows you to share anything your heart desires from each of our pages to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or personal email. Within our galleries, you can share our product and portfolio photos to Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, or Pinterest. We have found our Pinterest sharing feature to be especially valuable for designers and architects in creating mood boards or gathering inspiration for a project.

You will notice that all of our products fall into one of these categories: Merchandising Systems, Architectural Panels, Iconic Room Furniture, or our newest line Fortina. It is here you will find our Iconic Panels, Infused Veneer, System 1224, Puck, Scissy, Pog, and our Rex Ray Collaboration. Keep in mind that in addition to using our stock offerings, we have the capacity to partner with you from initial concept through the design development and manufacturing phases to create a completely custom environment that is tailored to your brands identity and needs.

As with the previous site, you can sign up at any time to gain full access to our Catalogs and Pricing Guide. You can visit our Installation Guides for do-it yourself help, browse Where To See B+N to check something out in person, view our press packed Works Book, or freely peruse our photo database to download high quality images.

If you need a little more personal attention, you can easily send us a note at, or reach out to our California or New York offices. If you are looking for your chance to join our team, check out the brand new Careers page or start following us on LinkedIn to find our our current career opportunities.

We hope you will enjoy the new home of B+N Industries as much as we do! Be sure to check back here on the blog for exciting insider information in the future.

Welcome to the World of B+N

Who are we?

When Deepak Chopra asks interviewees this question at the end of his fascinating One World segments, it’s always met with a pause. It’s a loaded question, and one we are committed to pausing for and evaluating each year as we continue to grow and evolve. When asked today, we would say that B&N Industries is an innovative designer and manufacturer of products and services for the retail, architectural, and hospitality industries in both the domestic and international markets. At our core, we are design driven and we apply that creative thought process to both product development and internal operations.

Even though we have been in business for 30 years, we like to think of ourselves as a startup. The excitement, innovation, and passion from all of our team members allows us to stay current and relevant. We are never satisfied. We travel the world studying design, being inspired by cultures, our surroundings, and actively apply our experiences to the development of new ideas.

When it comes to retail and hospitality, our central motto is to treat every store like a flagship, and every hotel as if it were five star. That means, when a client comes to us they can expect to receive a level of service and attention to detail given to those standout properties of a brand.

Over the last five years, we have continued to expand the breadth of products and services that we offer. Our ultimate goal is to have enough proprietary products in our offerings to give clients an off the shelf solution. We currently have over 15 fully developed systems in our offerings. Within those systems there are plenty of built in options for customization to create a unique look for whatever brand is looking to utilize them. That said, we recognize that competitive pricing on both stock items and custom work drive business, and have made a conscious effort to reduce costs without diminishing quality.

We also realize that collaborations are vital to our continued growth. If you look at most of the successful retailers and brands, part of their success is via collaborations. We see this as a creative way to keep our brand fresh in the consumer’s mind, which is precisely why we teamed up with Rex Ray in 2013 to create a line of products and have partnered with the Japanese company Toppan in the third quarter of 2014 to bring our newest product line Fortina to our North American clients.

In our most recent pause, we noticed an area that needed our attention and felt the timing was right for us to fully enter the world of Social Media. It is incredible how the integration of these platforms has changed the way in which we communicate and interact in the personal, professional, and global spheres. Without further ado, we welcome you to The World of B+N Industries, and hope you will join us as we share more of #WhoWeAre on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and right here on our blog.





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