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BDNY Recap

On November 11th and 12th, hospitality design professionals gathered at New York City's Javits Center for Boutique Design's annual trade fair.

Located in a corner lot at the front of the trade show, the Brintons booth (#1020) was an experience that highlighted our unique manufacturing process and celebrated the creative basis of Brintons designs.

Brintons latest collection, Materialize by Stacy Garcia, was launched at the fair and served as the perfect inspiration for the design of booth #1020. Featuring natural wood grain textures, subtle metallic finishes, and bold bursts of primary color, the Brintons booth earned the honor of being a finalist for best exhibit out of 114 other flooring and carpet vendors.

To visually demonstrate Brintons' place as a manufacturing and design pioneer within the industry, Brintons wool and other products were also showcased in the booth. Brintons blended, spun, and dyed yarn created the wall covering in half the booth, and accompanied designs from the Brintons Self-Expression Project and the 100% wool cut and loop Wilton collection.

Saturated color, natural surfaces, and the contrast of geometric and organic elements were the common thread among exhibitors at BDNY this year. We expect that these features will continue to inform the industry.

Has the Brintons booth captured you attention? Contact your local sales rep here, we'd love to discuss design trends and learn about your upcoming projects!

Introducing Capsule | Ready-to-Weave collection

Capsule… shortened but retaining the essence of the original.

This exciting design collection invites customers with projects less than 500sqm to enjoy the bespoke Axminster service, previously limited to larger projects.

Hundreds of designs, all production ready, are waiting to be individually coloured using our twelve colour Capsule colour bank.

The Capsule collection boasts over 190 design options covering a broad range of aesthetics, including patterns from our collaborations with designers Timorous Beasties, Stacy Garcia and Studio Elke.

Woven in Brintons 80% wool, 20% nylon yarn blend, carpets from the Capsule collection offer customers the ultimate combination of performance, longevity and comfort underfoot.

To create your Capsule custom woven carpet visit Brintons Design Studio Online www.brintonsdso.com

Inktober Roundup

In 2009 the rules were simple – make one drawing, in ink, for every day of October. Almost one decade later, what began as an exercise in positive drawing habits for creator and artist Jake Parker, has morphed into a global phenomenon with every-expanding ways to approach and interpret the Inktober challenge.

Prompts are provided each day, some are in a spooky spirit, such as “Spell” or “Drooling”, while others are more irreverent, like “Chicken”. Ultimately, the decision to use the prompts as inspiration is up to the Inktober participant, as is the medium, and how much color is used in the piece.

We’ve rounded up the Brintons Designers’ Inktober pieces and discussed how a daily creative challenge influences their work in the axminster world.

Designer Agnieszka Wojtal created primarily figurative work, utilizing contour lines to create movement within her subject’s luxurious hair. Similar line work can also be found in designer Sam Hoeffer’s Inktober pieces, referencing the line and hatch textures that often add dimension in carpet.

Terrien Hale, designer, did not shy away from color in her work, creating abstract landscapes that might be reworked into a gaming design.

When asked about the Inktober challenge, Kathryn 'Katie' Nehrbauer, designer, stated that drawing on a computer versus paper is always an adjustment, “At first it was a challenge since I've spent so many years drawing on a computer. Things you can easily do on a computer, like erase your work instantly, is not possible when you are drawing on paper with permanent ink. It took a little while for me to get comfortable, but after I few drawings I began to really enjoy it”.

Katie also found some similarities between working in ink and designing for carpet, “I think that with any artistic process, your mind runs on instinct. For me, I had textile design in the back of my mind the entire time. I found myself thinking, ‘Wow, this could be a great rug design’. I also noticed that I approached drawing in a similar way as designing carpet. We design carpet in layers that build upon each other to create a final look. I started each drawing with light marks to outline my basic shapes and then layered different size pens to create the detail and definition that I wanted.” Katie stuck with a black and white color palette, something that rare in carpet design, but found she became more and more comfortable with the limited scheme.

Inktober presents an opportunity for creatives to explore and expand their thinking – Brintons designers can’t wait until next year!

Studio Elke x Brintons COMPOSITE COLLECTION

We are excited to launch our debut collection with Studio Elke, a multi-disciplinary design studio led by founder and Creative Director, Elke Kramer.

Known for its unique jewellery and accessories, Studio Elke is an industry leader in the fashion and design worlds. The studio is respected for its emphasis on pushing the boundaries of originality and its exploration of unique materials, experimental fabrications and new forms. Studio Elke and Brintons have collaborated to translate Elke Kramer’s vision into a suite of customisable carpet designs – and the new venture is the Australian designer’s first ever carpet collection.

“I had written down a list of dream collaborations on a blank piece of paper many years ago, and a carpet collaboration was at the top of that list. When I was approached by Brintons, and invited to partake in their first Australian collaboration, I was thrilled at the opportunity,” she says.

Composite is a collection of wall-to-wall carpet designs that references Studio Elke’s decade-long archive of jewellery collections, translating Elke Kramer’s artistic and cutting-edge print designs into large-scale interior surfaces. The Composite Collection is formed of 10 designs: Sorceress and Sorcerer, Ceremonial, Keep Watch, Tassels, Existence, Arches, Musk and Jasper Nucleus, The Thunder Below, Charcoal and Concrete Brutalist, and Power of Symmetry. Unusual geometries, graphic patterns, and architecture-inspired shapes feature in the collection. The playful influence of materials such as terrazzo, concrete, marble, and mother of pearl are the designer’s trademark and have been cleverly woven into Composite. The collection skilfully marries Studio Elke’s striking materiality and textures, with Brintons’ timeless, premium woven Axminster carpet.

Brintons’ Composite Collection featured in the Collectionist Hotel in Sydney, Elke Kramer, Studio Elke’s founder and Creative Director, comments: “With Composite we started by deconstructing and reassembling different visual elements of the Studio Elke jewellery pieces, such as the pattern on a ring band, the texture of our marbled and terrazzo resins, and the colour palettes and metallic tones that run through the 10 years of jewellery collections we had in archive. The biggest challenge was scale – delicate items that could fit in the palm of your hand were being reimagined on entirely new grand scale. Being restricted to a 2D surface was another challenge, as we had to recreate the forms and 3D depth that we celebrate in jewellery design in a 2D flat context. Brintons really understood the energy of the Studio Elke brand, so we were able to work together seamlessly in translating the textures, patterns, colours and visual themes into carpeting repeats.”

Brintons triumphs at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

We are excited to announce that Brintons has triumphed at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018, winning the prestigious Designer Collaboration of the Year award for Craigend Collection by Timorous Beasties​.

Brintons were also a finalist in the Commercial Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year category for Victoria Palace Theatre.

The Campaign for Wool Carpet and Rugs Awards were created by the Campaign for Wool to celebrate quality, style and innovation in the wool and carpet industry. Now in its third year, the Awards event, held as part of The Flooring Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire attracted over 100 entries from the flooring industry, each of which was judged by a panel of industry experts and editors from leading design publications on the basis of its technical, construction and design excellence and innovation and design.

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