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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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


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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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:

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B+N Design: Murad Flagship

Murad Flagship in Los Angeles - B+N Industries custom technology driven retail interiors

Many of you may already be familiar with or currently use products from Murad, a skincare brand based on innovative scientific research created by leading visionary physician Dr. Howard Murad. A total body approach to beauty through the creation of his Inclusive Health Movement, aptly labels him “The Father of Internal Skincare”, and acknowledges the critical role internal health and wellness play into achieving beautiful, healthy skin and happier, more fulfilling lives.

With an official Murad Spa already in play in the Greater Los Angeles area, and products being sold in boutiques and other high end spas all over the US and Canada, the Murad dream team decided it was time to create their first official Flagship.

The amount of heart and soul that go into a brand’s first Flagship are incredibly personal from the starting conceptual ideas to the intimate finishing touches. When we first met the Murad team at GlobalShop, they fell in love with our System 1224 as the optimal interpretation of what they had already envisioned housing their product lines, interactive marketing, and merchandise. And so began our wonderfully creative, technical design relationship with Murad which included a mix of our stock offerings paired with multiple innovative custom solutions for their first retail home.

Let’s walk through this technology driven retail experience to give you a first hand account of some of the incredible details involved in applying Murad’s inspirational “Better Every Day” mission to their own environment.

B+N Industries custom System 1224 installation, Murad Flagship Los Angeles

A foundational element in the design of the Flagship involved the “Hero Wall” which houses the brands Hero Products alongside Best Sellers and Treatment focused skincare solutions. System 1224 was the perfect match for their unique vision which is used along the entire wall with a mix of shelving, cabinetry, and graphics in a custom color of Echo Wood. A monitor is enclosed seamlessly within System 1224 allowing a stream of both marketing and clinical information to reach the customer directly improving overall store experience. One of the most unique interactions occurs when a customer removes a product from the cabinet below the monitor cueing information to stream across the screen explaining its features.

Hero Wall using B+N Industries System 1224 with custom Magnetic Graphics, Murad Flagship

Details of System 1224 include custom magnetic graphics on paneling and shelf lips with the ledges being used to house targeted skincare product solutions along with category signage which has been applied directly to the custom wood panels of System 1224.

Hero Wall, angled view using B+N Industries System 1224 with custom magnetic graphics, Murad Flagship LA

The angled view of the end of the Hero Wall using System 1224 meets with cut out patterned divider which separates the product and retail space from the testing spa.

Skincare Analysis Station, Hero Wall using System 1224, Custom color blocked columns, B+N Industries Design, Murad Flagship LA

Upon entry to the Murad Flagship the customer is immediately introduced to the Skincare Analysis Station, a Silestone topped table composed of 3 docked iPads and hidden printer which feeds individual assessments to the customer guiding their technical retail journey. The front quarter at a glance includes the Hero Wall, interactive custom stations, floor containing custom insignia and script, along with color blocked columns whose paint customization had to mirror identically those found in the individual product lines.

B+N Industries design, Murad Flagship LA

Skincare systems are differentiated by color via packaging and separated with cabinetry that was created using the same shade through custom paint formulation. The punchy color cabinets are home to interactive iPads set at eye level, with acrylic enclosed product pamphlets below, and pockets of open storage hold skincare accessories necessary for allowing the customer to test any product of interest. The table is finished in a Silestone countertop, with legs made of real oak stained to matching cabinetry and reinforced with steel. Products sit atop the table within a lit panel which rotates 360 degrees for easy access and viewing, and the custom designed cord management system appropriately conceals any potential visual noise.

B+N Industries design, Murad Flagship LA

Low profile, bottom lit shelving serves as a key visual detail in the specialized skincare product wall. A second surface print technique is used on the backside of the acrylic which lines wall backs of shelves to protect the texture from wear and instill longevity. The material choice of acrylic also helped to control the amount of light desired paired with custom kelvin lighting. Acrylic risers and signage complete the look.

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View of the front half of the Murad Flagship, with the Hero Wall to the right and Color coded product lines sitting opposite, completed with custom branded flooring.

B+N Industries Design, Murad Flagship LA

The Express Service area provides a unique demonstration space and interactive spa where the customer can learn how best to use and combine products first hand. Custom rug continues to play on the geometry found throughout the store with punchy saturated ottomans to encourage discussion and review.

B+N Industries Design, Murad Flagship LA

Custom wood was carefully matched to the System 1224 paneling around the store, creating clean lines mixed with paint splattered visuals along the focal wall as the cash wrap continues the minimalist feel.

B+N Industries Design, Murad Flagship LAA view as evening sets in upon the Murad Flagship in Los Angeles, inspiring us with the mission to be #BetterEveryDay….and Night!

A.R.E. Awards B+N for Murad Flagship

At the 2016 A.R.E. Design Awards in Las Vegas, B+N received top honors for their work on the Murad Flagship in Los Angeles.

A.R.E. 2016 Design Awards

B+N Industries Globalshop 2016

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New Kit on the Block

Kit and Ace, Elizabeth St, NYC, B+N Industries

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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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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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!

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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.

CEO Speak

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Our CEO, Brad Somberg, in his natural state with artist Shantell Martin during one of our recent collaborations.

 

An article on current industry and internal happenings featuring our CEO, Brad Somberg, in the November/December edition of design:retail magazine…

Tell us about any new company innovations, products, services, materials, processes – that you’ve developed/are developing

B+N continues to be a top design leader in the retail, architectural and hospitality markets – both domestically and internationally. Over this last year we have launched 1224 our new modular panel system. We are also pleased to announce collaboration with Toppan, a Japanese based corporation, representing their Fortina line of products in North America. Both these systems are “Design Driven” and offer a range of solutions to the Architectural and Design community.

What differentiates your company from other competitors in the marketplace?

We are never satisfied. We travel the world studying design, being inspired by cultures, our surroundings, and are always thinking and developing new ideas.

What is your company’s philosophy toward customization?

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 being said we are designers/manufacturers and have the capacity for 100% custom solutions.

Are you seeing more or less collaboration in the industry?

If you look at most of the successful retailers, brands, part of their success is via collaborations. Fashion Designers are teaming up with retailers to create both soft-goods and hard-goods to be sold via retail. We see this as fresh and a way of keeping brands on the top of consumer’s minds. We take the same approach with collaborations, whether we are teaming with Rex Ray to create a line of products or collaborating with our Japanese partners bringing Fortina to our North American clients. It is a way to keep our brand relevant and to offer unique solutions to our diverse audience.

Are you experiencing more or less global sourcing/sales. What other countries have you worked in?

We have truly become an international company. Both from a sales and marketing standpoint and from global sourcing initiatives we have had over the years. We have managed to diversify our client base in such a manner that over 50% of sales is outside the United States. As our customer base has expanded it has led us to develop manufacturing to support those efforts.

 

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