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Marybeth Shaw, chief creative officer for the Wolf-Gordon’s inaugural NeoCon, commissioned the Brooklyn based design collaborative The Guild and New York City based design studio karlssonwilker to design a large installation for the 2013 NeoCon.

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Shaw wanted this installation to display the company’s prominent products: wall coverings and textiles. The two teams decided on a structure that resembled a spiraling spine to give the installation a sense of movement.

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This structure, titled “Forces of Nature,” is comprised of 68 slats that are fanned out through the air like vertebrae on a spine in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The project was finished June 2013 and spans nearly 30 feet long and 14 feet wide. Using SketchUp and 3DS Max, the designers developed the structure to specifically show off 136 Wolf-Gordon products.

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Courtesy of  karlssonwilker and The Guild

The pattern of color gradient spans from lightest to darkest (white to red on the way up and purple to brown on the way down) and becomes a vortex-like illusion as visitors ascend on the escalators. The slats are constructed out of foam and Masonite.

By Veronica Mattboni


Courtesy of  karlssonwilker and The Guild

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