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You Are Now Entering the Blazing 20s

Emerge anew with optimistic color, perfectly imperfect details, & wildly expressive motifs.

With a purpose not merely to forecast trends, but to transform and transcend them, Stacy Garcia’s Color Innovation Series brings forward pattern and color stories that offer a fresh perspective.

Part one kicks off with the 'Blazing 20s' and highlights the dynamism, color confidence and modern lens that the Stacy Garcia for Brintons collaboration is known for.

We’ve entered the Blazing 20’s, igniting change and starting a new beginning. Inspired by an era of vast change, this trend focuses on a return to social, artistic and cultural dynamism.

Featuring an optimistic color palette including sunrise hues, this trend symbolizes an energetic movement and the celebration of a new day. With a nod to the whimsical fashion and culture of the 1920’s, this trend highlights a return to Art Deco with a combination of varying lines and curved shapes.

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.

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.

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