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The Self-Expression Project, Group 2

Self-expression is not lost in the commercial flooring world – especially with custom axminster carpet.

Our designers, each creating from a particular paradigm, have their own style and methods of solving problems that are unique to the individual. This creative distinction, paired with the Brintons technology and weaving expertise, allows for our team to produce unparalleled solutions reflecting the expressions of the designer – and client.

Continuing the experiment:

Are we limited to pulling content from visual mood boards or is there more to inspiration? Inspiration is everywhere, right? It is our job to harness it, to manufacture great design and weave compelling carpet. We are a community of creatives, with a multitude of ways to express ourselves, living in a world full of catalysts. So no, we aren’t limited to just images. Listen to this playlist. Churn out some carpet. Let the sound be your theme. Let your emotion choose your color. Let the rhythm dictate your line work. Express yourself.

Listen here.

"I was immediately drawn to the Pixies track "Wave of Mutilation" for its manic energy. I began to think of the song in terms of layers of sounds that build upon each other. I thought about how I could use multiple layers to mimic different instruments."

Katie Nehrbauer, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A17441ZSE

"Music is as personal to the listener as art is to the viewer; some are drawn to how the music is composed while others are pulled in by the lyrics. I took the general theme of the playlist [time] and focused on one line from a song – 'the moments that make up a dull day'."

Mandy Middlehurst, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q02/A15778ZSE

"Being challenged with a playlist, as opposed to an image, allowed us to work in a very abstract way using our emotional response to the sound to guide us. I started with a simple theme, the lines on a music score, then explored how these lines could be distorted."

Elaine Traynor, Senior Design Consultant, Brintons Americas

Design: Q03/A026981SE

Brintons and Timorous Beasties to launch Craigend Collection at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

Brintons will launch the new Craigend Collection designed by long-term collaborators Timorous Beasties at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018. Taking over St Johns Square the collection will be debuted in a pop-up installation designed by Studio Shaw Architects.

Famous for their outstanding diversity of pattern, Scottish design duo Timorous Beasties will present Craigend, their third collection with Brintons. Named after Craigend Place, home of the Glasgow based Timorous Beasties studio and birth place of the designs, the collection name is also inspired by the old Gaelic word ‘Creag’, which means rock.

This commercial collection is inspired by textures and surfaces found naturally underfoot, including sand dunes, stone moss and lichen, all reimagined in the Brintons’ signature 80/20 blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. With Craigend, Timorous Beasties have called upon their fascination with the often-brutal beauty of the natural world, as well as taking aesthetic inspiration from different crafting materials including paint, ink and fabric.

The installation at Clerkenwell Design Week will showcase a unique selection of woven carpets taken from the new Craigend Collection. Visitors will be taken on a journey through the pop-up installation, where the full-scale patterns will transport the audience into a world inspired by the textures and sights of the natural world.

Brintons supply luxury custom carpet to the world's largest cruise ship

The world's biggest and most expensive ever cruise ship Royal Caribbean's 'Symphony of the Seas’ weighs 228,000 tonnes, and at 1,188 feet long, it is just 20 metres shy of the length of the Empire State Building in New York.

Brintons worked with STX shipyard and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to supply over 35,000 sqm2 of custom Axminster carpet for the new super liner, which enhanced the sophisticated and contemporary interior.

The Self-Expression Project, Group 1

The Idea:

Self-expression is not lost in the commercial flooring world – especially with custom axminster carpet.

Our designers, each creating from a particular paradigm, have their own style and methods of solving problems that are unique to the individual. This creative distinction, paired with the Brintons technology and weaving expertise, allows for our team to produce unparalleled solutions reflecting the expressions of the designer – and client.

The Project:

A piece of inspiration, in this case a Gordon Williams photograph (pictured above), was submitted to a small group of Brintons Americas designers – Amy LaGuire, Paul Andino, and Nona Thornton – with the task to simply respond to it. Just respond.

Due to the nature of the Brintons weaving capability, our designers have virtually limitless possibilities in terms of scale and repeat size. The creative team also have the freedom of utilizing the Brintons High Definition Weave technology allowing them to get their point across using thirty-two different color channels – the most advanced in the industry.

Designers worked independently for two weeks, convened for university-styled critiques, then fine-tuned their work through the lens of studio culture and peer review.

See the collection here: The Self-Expression Project, Group 1

The Response:

The result – a handful of authentic and artful designs, born directly from the brains of Brintons Americas designers, showing process and highlighting skillful self-expression.

Download the collection brochure here: The Self-Expression Project, Group 1​

“Looking back on the process – I was immediately drawn to the material nature of hanging fabric in the photograph due to my background in studying fibers. I saw the entire piece as a whole and wanted to deconstruct it like a sewing pattern by concentrating on the areas of light vs. shadow in the fabric folds."

Nona Thornton, Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A17019ZSE

“The idea of being inspired by a photo image and designing without losing our own design aesthetic was truly powerful. Once we establish a design style and maintain that confidence with the client, the results are a continuous successful relationship. To me, this is what we aim for as carpet designers.”

Paul Andino, Senior Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A14888ZSE

“Because of my background in interior design, I tend to look at the inspiration and work backwards with the understanding of what the end manufactured product will be – axminster carpet. The palette, based on the contemporary hospitality-appropriate colors, keeps the design versatile and applicable.”

Amy LaGuire, Designer, Brintons Americas

Design: Q01/A15577ZSE


On trend: Autumn Nights

Golden leaves swirl, playful across the ambient moon in a sky of velvety deep blues... this backdrop creates the mystique that is Autumn Nights!

Decadent, rich and extravagant, Autumn Nights is a treasure that evokes spirit and elegance. Shimmering reflections on the ocean of golden accents from the galaxies above and the fiery kiss of the sinking sun, a palette that moves seamlessly into any space bringing romance and serenity to those who occupy.

The hero of our trend is Old Gold (Brintons pom G22). A rich, earthly colour, Old Gold evokes the beauty of nature. It works well alongside blues and teals - adding a touch of warmth and elegance to your colour palette.

We have explored our extensive archive of patterns and have selected these four to showcase the transformational power of colour. Here, we use Old Gold as a highlight - to sprinkle a dusting of magic, of intrigue and glamour.

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