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Materials and Sources

Paying homage to the architect-turned-textile-designer Alexander Girard, Skyline Design has translated some of his iconic patterns into glass. 

Contract Magazine
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Contract Magazine

NeoCon 2014 Preview

Skyline Design launches 10 graphic patterns by Alexander Girard, the former director of the Herman Miller fabric division. Originally conceived as textile designs, Skyline Design has now rendered the patterns on glass in transparent, translucent and opaque effects in both color and neutral options.

Patterns comprising the collection include: Alphabet (shown), Fruit Tree, Graph, Grid, Leaves, Lines, Manhattan, Retrospective, Ribbons and Treads.

Contract Magazine NeoCon Preview

Skyline Design Showroom: Merchandise Mart Suite 10-60
Photo: Kelsey Lindsey

2014 Best of NeoCon Competition
Silver Award: Alexander Girard Collection More

2014 Best of NeoCon Competition

Skyline Design is honored to accept a Silver Award in the Wall Treatments category for its new Alexander Girard Collection.

AZURE Magazine
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AZURE Magazine

AZURE Magazine recognized Skyline Design and Kori Girard for the partnership created with the launch of the Alexander Girard™ Collection.

Skyline Design worked closely with Kori Girard and Aleishall Girard Maxon of Girard Studio to launch ten graphic patterns by 20th century architect and designer Alexander Girard, now rendered on glass for interior architecture. The Alexander Girard™ Collection is suited for a broad variety of markets and interior applications such as room dividers, conference room walls, workstation panels or accent wall panels and feature walls. Patterns are offered in transparent, translucent and opaque effects, in both color and neutral options.

Designer Collaboration

 

Girard on Glass
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Girard on Glass

Skyline Design finds that the midcentury designer's iconic textile patterns translate well to the contemporary medium of architectural glass.

"As a trained architect, Alexander Girard was interested in all building materials and their interaction in a space," says Skyline Design president and co-founder, Charles Rizzo. "Layering and translucency form a continuous thread in his work. Glass seemed an ideal material to explore his interest in patterning in a contemporary context."

Read more to learn how we worked with Girard Studio to reproduce ten of Girard's original textile designs on translucent, transparent and opaque glass. View the Alexander Girard™ Collection at NeoCon, Merchandise Mart Suite 10-60.

NeoCon 2014
Alexander Girard™ Collection More

NeoCon 2014

Merchandise Mart Suite 10-60

Skyline Design Launches Alexander Girard™ Collection

At NeoCon, Skyline Design launches ten graphic patterns by Alexander Girard, now available rendered on glass in a variety of techniques. Initially conceived as textile designs, glass expands the aesthetic expression of the original artwork, offering transparent, translucent and opaque effects.

Applying Alexander Girard’s pattern language to glass is a natural extension of his approach to interior design, which used layered transparent patterns to break up spaces, an approach that manifested itself as early as the 1920s, when he designed a series of etched glass pieces.

Walking a line between representation and abstraction, the selected patterns show strong symbolic presence and stand on their own. By bringing his work to contemporary interiors, Skyline Design acknowledges the relevance of Girard’s legacy today and honors a cherished American designer.

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Designing for Healthcare
An Evening with Henry Domke More

Designing for Healthcare

On September 30th Skyline Design hosted a gathering for healthcare designers in its Merchandise Mart showroom, Suite 1060. The event centered on the life and work of Henry Domke, a physician-turned-photographer whose nature images inspire tranquility and healing in hospital settings.

An informal discussion shed light on Henry’s professional history, preferred photographing techniques, and insight on evidence-based design, including thoughts on the best themes and colors for patient healing.

Skyline has worked with Henry since 2007, transferring his remarkable artwork onto the medium of glass. And indeed, Henry’s art radiates on glass – his work in the showroom displayed this perfect union.

To read more, download the Press Release
View his images exclusively for our Botanica collection
View his full collection of nature photography at Henry Domke Fine Art

NeoCon Preview: Alexander Girard Collection
15 Reasons to Look Forward to NeoCon 2014 More

NeoCon Preview: Alexander Girard Collection

15 Reasons to Look Forward to NeoCon 2014

At NeoCon, Skyline Design will launch its newest architectural glass collection: Alexander Girard Collection, created in collaboration with Girard Studio. 

Ten graphic patterns by 20th century architect and designer Alexander Girard are now available rendered on glass in transparent, translucent and opaque effects in both color and neutral options. Adding a graphic anchor to spaces, the Alexander Girard Collection is suited for a broad variety of markets and interior applications such as divider, conference room walls, workstation panels, accent wall panels, and feature walls. 

Best of NeoCon Gold Awards
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Best of NeoCon Gold Awards

With the opening of its first permanent Chicago Showroom in the Merchandise Mart, Skyline Design is proud to announce its acceptance of two Best of NeoCon 2013 Gold Awards from Contract Magazine.

Skyline Design launched its Digital Glass Portfolio at NeoCon 2013, winning best product in both the Wall Treatments and Surfacing Materials/Finishes categories.

The Skyline Digital Glass Portfolio offers a selection of images for digital printing on glass by eight commissioned artists, photographers, and designers from across the United States. The initial launch represents the first phase of an ever-growing collection, with the work of new artists to be added.

Skyline Design is proud to build on its history of creating collaborative partnerships with celebrated artists, architects, designers and photographers, to realize their creative visions with architectural glass. For the Digital Glass Portfolio, Doug Fogelson, Bryan Nash Gill, Bill Sosin, and Herman Yu have drawn inspiration from the natural world, creating patterns and textures based in sources as varied as raindrops, tree rings, and skeletal winter branches. Other artists, including Jim Krantz, Anne Lindberg, Sonnenzimmer, and Thirst, redefine manmade elements—fabrics, letters, symbols—into immersive environments.

Visit us at Merchandise Mart Suite 1060 to view the collection. Information coming soon; contact sales@skydesign.com to learn more.

 

Point of View: Metropolis Blog
“How a Design Firm Found Craftsmanship in Noodles” More

Point of View: Metropolis Blog

Inspired by Skyline's autumn Soba Noodle-making workshop with Sonoko Sakai of Common Grains, Metropolis Magazine featured a thoughtful synopsis of the event, capturing the spirit of the two companies' shared goals of crafting quality goods with a creative panache.

How a Design Firm Found Inspiration In Noodles showcases workshop highlights and photographs, including the backstory of how Skyline came to know and appreciate the work of food writer, author, and Japanese cooking instructor, Sonoko Sakai. Based in Los Angeles, Sakai is leading the Japanese food and culture project Common Grains, advocating for sustainable and healthy living through the tradition and pleasure of eating grains and vegetables.

Sakai's careful, but skilled and determined nature, along with her regard for the environment, reflects Skyline's own ethos of innovative, sustainable, quality craftsmanship. Read more here.

Photos: Kelsey Lindsey

An evening with Suzanne Tick
Skyline sponsored an engaging and educational event with Knoll, Tandus, and Suzanne Tick following NeoCon More

An evening with Suzanne Tick

Skyline sponsored an inspirational evening with Suzanne Tick, Knoll, and Tandus at the Gensler Chicago offices on the last day of NeoCon. The exhibition and weaving workshop, held in the Rotunda of the famous Louis Sullivan building, featured pieces from Suzanne Tick’s recent “Salvage” exhibition, while engaging designers in a weaving class about technique, structure, and material. The positive atmosphere– set by an upbeat music mix and Tick’s contagious optimism– revitalized the spirits of participating architects and designers following the busy week of NeoCon. 

Tick began with a brief description of her work, having first picked up weaving in college with materials inspired by her father’s scrap metal yard. She went on to work for KnollTextiles and Tandus Flooring, specializing in material development for commercial and residential interiors, and again recently picking up weaving perhaps when her father– an original source of inspiration– moved into her home two years ago. 

As it turns out, architects– people she’s worked with throughout her career– found the new pieces exciting and inspiring, and both NBBJ and Gensler have since commissioned pieces from her. Seeing this as an educational opportunity, she began leading workshops in Gensler’s NY offices to teach the craft of weaving. We were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to create a similar experience with Tick this year, and with talented designers from Knoll, Tandus, and Gensler. 

Photography: Scott Shigley

Pratt Students Visit Skyline
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Pratt Students Visit Skyline

Pratt Design students led by Interior Design Professor Jon Otis visited Skyline this year at NeoCon, and were given a tour of the Skyline factory and design studio where they learned how the glass products they specify are created and manufactured.

At NeoCon, KnollTextiles Creative Director Dorothy Cosonas and Skyline Creative Director Deborah Newmark offered an informative and inspiring presentation about the new KnollTextiles Glass Collection, which translates iconic textile patterns to architectural glass. It was an exciting and educational experience for the students and Skyline.

Back at our headquarters, General Manager Vipul Bhagat toured the students through Skyline's manufacturing facilities to show them firsthand how our glass is produced. They were able to see and feel the glass to understand the different techniques and capabilities we can offer for working with the material.

This was the second year we collaborated with Mr. Otis to provide his students a valuable learning experience, and we look forward to many more years to come! Thank you to Jon and Pratt for your continued interest in Skyline Design.

Please contact us if you are also interested in taking a factory tour.

Metropolis Likes NeoCon
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Metropolis Likes NeoCon

Earlier this month, Metropolis editors selected Skyline Design among creators of the top spaces, products, and ideas at NeoCon, in the integrated social media coverage known as Metropolis Likes. They sought out design solutions that the magazine's editor in chief, Susan S. Szenasy, describes as “unexpected and urgent—ideas that strike us as beautiful, useful and brilliant”.

Skyline Design debuted a strong line-up of new collections, including The KnollTextiles Glass Collection, and Cleo Mobile Magnetic Markerglass.

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New York Showroom
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New York Showroom

Skyline Design is excited to announce the opening of its expanded showroom in the New York Design Center. Sharing space in Aristeia Metro’s showroom with contract fabric supplier CF Stinson and seating manufacturer Source, Skyline Design showcases its sophisticated, sustainable architectural glass in a range of techniques, opacities, designs, and aesthetics. Featuring twelve full-height glass panels in award-winning patterns, two walls of samples from select case studies and collections, and a photographic glass wall with artwork from nature art photographer Henry Domke (pictured below), the showroom offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience Skyline’s designs in their various applications. Contact christine@a-metro.com for more.

New York Design Center
200 Lexington Ave #1416
New York, NY 10016

Interior Design Best of Year Award Finalists
Cleo Mobile Magnetic Markerglass and The KnollTextiles Glass Collection honored More

Interior Design Best of Year Award Finalists

Two of Skyline's new products are finalists in the 2012 Interior Design Best of Year Awards.

Cleo Mobile Magnetic Markerglass is a finalist in the Office Accesories category.

The KnollTextiles Glass Collection is a finalist in the Building Products category.

Please stay tuned. Winners will be announced live at the Best of Year Awards ceremony in NYC on November 29th.