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.

B+N Industries Makes ICFF Inaugural Debut

B+N Industries x Shantell Martin, ICFF NYC


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.


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

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.

Rex Ray (1953 – 2015)


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.


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.


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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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 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.


Iconic Panels in Matte White Ellipses pattern


Iconic Panels in Matte White Arches pattern


Iconic Panels in Matte White Stones pattern


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.


Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Cherry


Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Maple


Infused Veneer in Type and Ovals pattern in Walnut


Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Cherry


Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Maple


Infused Veneer in Arches and Bumps pattern in Walnut


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


Infused Veneer in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Maple


Infused Veneer in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Walnut


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.


Open and closed Credenza in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry


The Plinth table in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry


The Nesting Table collection in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry


Bench in Ellipses and Waves pattern in Cherry


Cubes in Ellipses and Waves Pattern in Cherry


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.


Limited Edition Performance Longboard in Type and Ovals pattern on Walnut


Limited Edition Performance Surfboard in Ellipses and Waves pattern on Cherry


Limited Edition Performance Longboard in Arches and Bumps pattern on Maple


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


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


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.


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.














In honor of Rex Ray (1953 – 2015)

B+N Industries