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trends: custom solutions

perspectives
By Alia Akkam

opting for options
Inundated designers crave creative timesaving solutions, and they’re turning to manufacturers for easy-to-use customizable tools. Pacific Coast Contract Lighting’s Design Your Own program, for example, an initiative still in its rollout phase, allows designers to take existing lampshade patterns and recolor them to their specifications. “Designers are always interested in making whatever they see their own; they want to put their own signature on everything,” says Christopher Bryan, Pacific Coast’s vice president of sales, who notices the trend of designers demanding more patterns and textures for hotel guestrooms. “A few years ago, designers wouldn’t expect lampshades to be a category in the room to play with; now they can take it a step further,” he explains. As an added bonus, Design Your Own is also cost-effective, offering affordable custom items even for small runs, so designers don’t have to “sacrifice control for speed and low prices.” Based on designer feedback, Design Your Own may expand its customizing capabilities to include materials and fixtures. “Designers are busier than ever, with less time to meet and learn about available building materials, let alone configure detailed drawings that incorporate those materials,” notes Jill Canales, vice president of design and marketing at 3form. To meet this demand, 3form has introduced YouCreate, an online tool that designers can use to combine materials and create designs distinctive to their spaces. Additionally, Ready to Go, which debuted last fall, offers nearly 200 complete, ready-to-assemble solutions mixing materials, hardware, and fabrications into doors, partitions, and wall and ceiling features. ”Each solution includes CAD files to simplify the specification process and save the designer time,” says Canales. At Price Pfister, the custom faucet solutions team takes the pressure off designers by “putting the tools they need in their hands for moving forward in their success,” according to Jay Czerwinski, director of industrial design and packaging, who leads the division. “The customization of a physical project is different with every customer; it really pushes innovation.” First, Pfister will discover the designer’s goal, provide its “expert perspective to fill in the blanks for them,” and guide them through the design and engineering phases, from fine tuning renderings and sketches to developing new platforms from scratch. And the inspiration can come from any source imaginable—from a necklace to a photograph. Tailored solutions are also at the heart of Symmons Industries’ plumbing products. Its Design Studio software program allows clients to take an idea or sketch and transform it into a 3D model “so that they can see it, feel it, and place it in the room for a fully custom design process,” explains Eric Spear, the company’s director of custom services. “In some instances we are able to take the client’s idea and manipulate an existing design to fit their needs into a fully custom product with significant time savings. We have also created one-of-a-kind designs that are crafted exactly from the designer’s sketch.” Its most salient feature, however, may be the personal assistance given by knowledgeable design consultants. “Designers can create a design that is totally unique and perfect for their vision, but a computer program can’t always make suggestions on how the product will operate or warn them of design and engineering complications,” says Spear.

From left: Symmons Industries’ sleek faucet design for a W Hotel; designer Brian Thornton’s “joy stick with a cross handle” inspiration for a faucet comes to fruition thanks to Price Pfister; and a custom-designed lampshade from Pacific Coast Contract Lighting.

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Hospitality Design - November/December 2010
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Interviews
Profiles
Bathroom
Lighting
Wallcoverings
Flooring
Habitat Valencia
Uchiko
The Boards
The Spa at Trump Soho
Back Space
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