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All About: Animae San Diego

Partnering with Bells + Whistles, Brintons produced 615 square yards of unique Axminster carpets for Animae San Diego.

Inspired in part by an ancient remote forest on Japan’s Yakushima Island, a bespoke Brinton’s wool carpet stretching the length of the 6000 SF room mimics the sun-kissed forest floor as custom noir terrazzo snakes like a shimmering river alongside it.

Barbara Rourke, Founder and Creative Director of Bells + Whistles, graciously let us in on the brains behind this beauty of an installation.

Working with these mossy greens in was a refreshing bold break in carpet color. Talk to us about the overall design narrative.

It was a new building that opened in September 2019. Sadly, the restaurant closed during the pandemic but is optimistically looking forward to reopening.

We can’t always choose the spaces our clients move into. Rectangles are much easier to design. Animae is a curve inside a curve with very tall ceilings and columns running down the middle. We live for challenges, working out solutions that follow a curving path was difficult at first, but then we saw new opportunities for flow that we hadn’t seen before.

One may easily liken entering the glass door to Animae, just steps from San Diego bay, to stepping through a portal into a dreamy enchanted forest. Nestled into the ground floor of the luxury Pacific Gate Bosa tower, Animae’s design is a sexy Japanese mossy Art Deco mash-up that brilliantly compliments Brian Malarkey's distinctive coal-fired pan-Asian concept.

Lush jade-toned, velvet booths rise from the floor as huge tête-à-tête spheres of cedar trees that segue upward into art-deco architecture, layering the space with a fantastical, theater-like experience.

Lavish green velvet curtains float above a hand painted gilded cave that envelops a coral velvet banquette. Draped fringe-covered columns contribute to the feigned forest whimsy, while golden Fortuny chandeliers hang throughout. The 20-person bar at Animae also provides a feast for the senses. On center stage is a backlit mural of Berlin artists Sauer and Posavec's, Big Chuck, depicting a dystopian mech battle of a future yet to come. Surrounded by scalloped uplighting from which deco wings spread and take flight.

Luxurious and cozy, earthy and sophisticated, Animae is an enchanting space dripping in gold in which to dine and dream.

Was it a challenge to design for a building like Animae? Any interesting hurdles?

We can’t always choose the spaces our clients move into. Rectangles are much easier to design. Animae is a curve inside a curve with very tall ceilings and columns running down the middle. We live for challenges, working out solutions that follow a curving path was difficult at first, but then we saw new opportunities for flow that we hadn’t seen before.

One of the most important parts of restaurant design is to create a seamless flow between front and back of house. We push and pull more than what’s wanted to integrate a cohesive design, so the function of the restaurant is supported by the design. We see ourselves as the left hand of the chef, if we do our job correctly, then the design is a natural extension of the food and service.

Last but not least, what was it like working with the Brintons team?

We were extremely impressed by the customer service team we worked with at Brintons for our custom carpet at Animae. The process of designing and fabricating the 100+ foot long custom, curving carpet felt painless. Brinton’s allowed us to focus on the design, while they seamlessly worked through the logistics behind the scenes. We had big dreams for this project, and they made it happen without a hiccup!

All About: Hospitality Cares

Brintons has partnered with Hospitality Cares in their venture to offer a helping hand to those affected by the COVID crisis.

Founded in 2009 by Michael Schneider, President of Next Events + the late Helen Marcus of Zenith Rugs, Hospitality Cares is a non-profit organization that targets hospitality professionals in need.

Hospitality Cares collects money, product and volunteer time + redistributes to individuals incurring job loss, housing or medical conditions.

There are multiple ways you or your organization can get involved. With returning to the office full-time is still up in the air, there are tons of empty spaces containing tools that are sadly collecting dust. Hospitality Cares took this problem and ran with it – creating a solution for companies (like ours) to donate unused technology to be paired with an industry member in need.

Johnny Massey, VP of Operations for Brintons Americas explains: “We have all been impacted by the pandemic, in our corporate and personal lives, some people more than others. Brintons is devoted to the Hospitality market as it’s been a large part of our business for years. By sending in physical equipment, these individuals will be able to utilize these benefits immediately and start to work toward rebuilding their futures.”

Outside of rallying corporate response, you can also get involved on an individual scale. Our VP of Sales, Cori Walthers recently stepped up to the plate by volunteering her time coordinating fundraisers. Their first being a light-hearted “Pie In The Face Challenge” in hopes to sweep awareness across the industry and cause a few belly laughs along the way.

The challenge kicks off with founder Michael Schneider taking a pie to the face at the hands of his children. Tune in Thursday, January 14th at 4:00 EST on the @hospitalitycares Instagram for a good laugh!

Want to learn more? Here are some helpful links:

Lorrie Langdon Ice Dyeing Journey

From Residential Customer Service Manager to Marine Project Coordinator, Lorrie Langdon has donned many hats in her 20+ years with Brintons.

Residing in Mississippi, Lorrie spends her days coordinating fast-paced marine projects while she moonlights as a talented fiber artist. Though she thrives in the organizational part of her job, Lorrie seeks to stretch those creative muscles at the end of each day.

What began as a way to continue her grandmother-in-law’s legacy turned into a curious passion for different kinds of textile art. When chatting with Lorrie she said it would be “such a shame that no one would be able to continue this on when she passes." This thought inspired Lorrie to teach herself quilting a few years back.

Immersing herself in the world of quilting, Langdon discovered a generous community on Instagram.

She recounts an occasion where she had a scrap of material that she wanted to make a baby quilt from.

In hopes of finding more of the fabric, she tagged the original designer who responded to her claiming to have, “a ton of that.” Langdon remembers how insistent the designer was to not let her pay for anything – nothing, not even shipping!

Throughout the years, Lorrie's dabbled in various artistic outlets such as cross-stitching and quilting however, recently Mrs. Langdon has started ice dyeing custom fabrics in her home studio.

Captivated by the stunning quilts produced by Brooke Biette, Langdon sought to replicate her ice dyeing technique – adding a new dimension to her craft.

The process starts by soaking the fabric in a solution for half an hour then stretching it out with a carefully composed mix of ice cubes and powdered dyes placed on top. Once the ice and dye are arranged, Lorrie waits for 24 hours before rinsing the material.

Stressing that there is a learning curve to overcome in figuring out how much ice and dye are needed, Lorrie explains "the process isn't easy, but I fell in love with how no two pieces are identical and you never get the same results twice."

She’s since ice dyed pillow covers and face masks, used the new technique to take her quilts to the next level and even had the designs translated into the gorgeous Brintons Axminster patterns below.

We’re honored to have such a creative artist on our team at Brintons. Go show her some love by following her on Instagram here and head on over to our Design Studio Online (DSO) to play with recolors and flood these beauties into a room scene.

West Beach Conference Center at Kiawah Island Resort

Brintons teams up with Kent Interior Design to design and manufacture 3,200 square yards of custom woven Axminster carpet at the West Beach Conference Center at Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina.

Located a mere 21 miles from the historically rich streets of Charleston, SC, the West Beach Conference Center sits along wide stretches of picturesque beaches and oaks swathed in age-old moss. The conference center, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, boasts 23,000 square-feet of flexible pre-event and modern meeting spaces that can host up to 1,000 attendees.

With the entire space being covered in Brintons Axminster carpet, the design team knew the floors were a key element to the interior. Kent Interior Design researched local plant life to incorporate into the massive ballroom and prefunction design.

Lauren Topits, Associate at Kent Interior Design says, "We wanted to have a fresh and updated design, so we chose to do an organic pattern, rather than the typical bordered designs." When working with a conference center it is crucial to keep in mind the space can have multiple functions and room configurations, "so it was important that the organic design flowed naturally into each space." explains Topits.

“With the help of Brinton’s awesome design team, we were able take the concepts of dwarf palm leaves and magnolia trees and turn it into a full custom carpet. The outcome was a unique and colorful representation of bringing natural elements found on Kiawah into the interiors.”

– Lauren Topits | Associate, Kent Interior Design

For the West Beach Conference Center and other similar projects, Axminster carpet is adhered using a double stick system. A double stick system describes the process when a pad is glued to the floor with a releasable adhesive and then the carpet is stuck to the pad with a permanent multipurpose paste.

According to Dwight Carter, Brintons Installation and Technical Services Manager, "The key to a successful install is following the seaming diagrams and making sure the patterns are straight and aligned."

If the seams do not match up properly, it can become obvious that carpet was not laid down well, ruining the appearance and overall design goal.

Watch the behind the scenes video, courtesy of Vision Installations, below to see Kent Interior Design + Brintons collaboration come to life.

From start to finish your custom project will be championed by your own project manager, who will guide you through the entire process from initial project shaping, planning and estimating right through to installation, aftercare and maintenance.

Contact your local representative here to learn about Brintons turnkey installation services for your project today.

Pom Box Insights

Get to know your Brintons Pom Box through the eyes of our experienced design team, who share their insights on how to get the most from your custom color palettes.

The Brintons standard offering boasts over five hundred wool/nylon blend tufts to build your custom colorations with. From beginning to end, our carpet manufacturing process is totally integrated, giving us full control of every aspect from selecting and blending the wool to its finished weave.

Thirty-two individual colors, the most in the industry, can be woven into a durable yet luxurious Brintons Axminster carpet.

Old Gold | 26-3236 | G22

Old Gold is a rich, earthy color that evokes the beauty of nature.

It works well alongside blues and teals and adds a touch of warmth and elegance to your color palette.

See the hue used in a variety of designs over on our Design Studio Online (DSO).

Cumbria | 24-3694 | F26

A shy pop of citrus playfulness.

Sublime when used as an accent to lift a neutral palette with a delicious touch of tang.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

For a bolder on trend statement partner the shade with blue and green hues – emerald jade, deep teal, indigo and inky blue tones.

Pasture | 24-4182 | I29⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Sage green is a color known for its calming attributes, symbolic of abundance and renewal.

Able to fit seamlessly within a neutral palette or work alongside bolder accent colours, Pasture is a versatile choice for your next color scheme.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Pair it with a burnt orange tone such as Henna (27-4148) to bring a little warmth into any room.

Get in touch with your local representative to download our digitized pom boxes – translated for a world that looks a little different than yesterday.

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