LMNOP: Leading Edge Technology 2019


W. B. Engineers+Consultants will present this workshop on utilizing leading edge technology, such as 3D scanning and VR, as part of the design and construction process.
  • Intro –
    • Design coordination technologies – Scanning, 3D design coordination, VR/AR
    • Types of scans
    • Virtual reality is more than just headsets
    • Use cases in design, construction, and beyond
  • Case Study Panel discussion: Benefits of incorporating technology as part of design process for commercial interior project
    • Moderated by WB with panelists
    • Overall impact on project – CA = less change orders
    • Collaboration benefits
    • Individual insight
  • Demonstration
  • Q & A
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Philomela Textiles

This is part of AD PRO’s Designer Takeover, in which working designers contribute stories to the site. Here, Bonnie Saland, psychoanalyst and founder of Philomela Textiles, explains how her company grew out of a resistance to patriarchy.

My textile company, Philomela, is a response to the patriarchal tyranny I experienced in the relatively privileged format of a formal MFA program. The name comes from a Greek myth in which innocent Philomena is captured and repeatedly raped by a powerful brother-in-law. Her captor renders her voiceless by cutting out her tongue, and Philomela resorts to alerting her sister (Procne) to her situation by weaving, ultimately delivering a tapestry telling her story.

This myth, like so many others, represents the patriarchal bias of its originating culture. Both Philomela and her sister ultimately respond to their trauma through vengeance—murdering and offering the perpetrator’s son up for his dinner. This, of course, punishes all involved, as the victim is both Philomela’s nephew and Procne’s son. The myth closes with the gods rendering all major players as birds, Philomela as the swallow.

Ultimately, the tale represents both pain that is “unswallowable” as well as the potential for turning that experience into creative function. Throughout centuries, women have rewritten stories of abuse and constriction with textile offerings. In doing so, they create a new beginning—a rewriting of mythology in a language where abuse is not channeled into revenge and chaos but continued creativity, and a higher order of development. It’s a theme that shows up in creative works as wide-reaching as Selma Hayek’s Frida, where Kahlo creates surrealistic masterpieces to illuminate her inner world, and Beyoncé’s genius reinterpretation of infidelity in Lemonade. In both, like Philomela, the hurt female assembles her resources and translates her suffering into the motivational fuel to make something of beauty and integrity.

stack of pillows
Pillows from Philomela.

Photo: Diana Koenigsberg

My own transformative process began with an accident shattering my left leg and foot, the departure of two grown children from my home, financial disruption that precipitated the sale of my family home (and with it, a desire to take my creative practice outside the domestic realm), and a lingering childhood dream of myself as an artist and attending art school. Entering a formal MFA program meant my own transformation from authority (as an analyst) to subject and novice (as an MFA student). Likewise, it required movement from the contemporary Los Angeles psychoanalytic community (dominated by theory) to an art world dominated by considerations of aesthetic criticality. My personal history and predisposition made for a rough sail through a formal MFA program, where I was exposed to both the authoritarian nature of the hierarchical public art world and (at times) the educational posture of breaking a student down to facilitate increased growth. The art I produced reflected this struggle.

My art-making process remains fairly consistent. Color, method, and material choice is intuitive yet incorporates formal training as the process unfolds. Meaning, both as it relates to narrative and choice of methodology, most often it is revealed to me after a piece is finished. I take my subject matter both from the personal and collective unconscious, and from figurative, geographic, or literary prompts. These images are re-configured as paintings, prints, collages, digital forms, and textiles. My own body of work thus becomes a personal reference library, an archive of imagery—or personal visual language—to be utilized in various reiterations.

painting of figures
“The Pagan In Me,” a work by Bonnie Saland completed during her MFA program.

Photo: Courtesy of Bonnie Saland

During my first residency session in the MFA program, I created a portfolio of handmade paper titled “The Pagan in Me.” The image and text in the piece document my experience as a student through the Philomela conceptualization.

Lately, ensconced in the enterprise of my own making (with the profound support of many talented and skilled collaborators), I am once again free to articulate a personal narrative. My “Rock Hard” collection, released in 2018, comes from a creative journal of the same title and reflects this inclination.

I take comfort in the fact that the archaic premise of hurt women either becoming stifled or getting angry is negated by the history of textile worldwide, from Bombay to Gees Bend. For centuries, women have channeled their energy through weaving, stitching, folding, and offering cloth as a way to tell their stories, in a text that simultaneously serves aesthetically and function. Energy redirected into creativity, life, and growth provides a rewrite of ownership and mastery as next chapter. Women have long proved themselves experts at the task.

Borrowed from the March 29, 2018 issue of Architectural Digest.

Philomela Textiles: Cobra Head

Introducing the newest collection from Philomela Textiles. Cobra Head is based on the Avant Garde art movement CoBrA of the late 40’s. It is an un-fettered view of the art making process as a pre-cursor to today’s Outsider art. For more information, on the movement, as well as an overview.

The CoBrA group was a short-lived but highly influential artist collective formed in Paris. Named for the three northern European cities that its founders originated from – Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam – its approximately thirty members became known for their vigorously spontaneous, rebellious style of painting that was heavily inspired by the art of children and the mentally ill. With their intuitive methods, loose, gestural marks and strong colors, CoBrA artists have used of some of the techniques of New York School style of the same era. Yet CoBrA art is more political, and is more sensitive to the huge devastation of the European cities and people after World War II. Their democratic approach to viewing and making was inspired and further expanded what we now call Outsider Art (work made by untrained artists, especially children and the mentally ill) as a serious movement in its own right.

“The CoBrA Group Movement Overview and Analysis”. [Internet]. 2019. TheArtStory.org
Content compiled and written by The Art Story Contributors
Edited and published by The Art Story Contributors
Available from: https://www.theartstory.org/movement-cobra-group.htm
First published on 12 Jan 2017. Updated and modified regularly.
[Accessed 26 Jul 2019

Kit Kemp Collection | Wilton Carpets

In the Kit Kemp Collection, Wilton Carpets has collaborated with Kit Kemp MBE, Interior designer, who has been creating inspiring and unmistakable interiors for the last three decades to bring you a truly unique commercial carpet collection. In her role as co-owner and design director of Firmdale Hotels, Kit has forged an international reputation for unique hotels, and as an author and champion of British art and sculpture.

With famous destinations such as London’s Ham Yard, Number Sixteen and The Soho, and New York’s Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby Hotel; Kit Kemp’s interiors have secured prestigious awards, such as Conde Nast Traveller’s Best Hotel in the World for Design. Her intimate interiors are blessed with a distinctive, carefree and colourful spirit that is undeniably original.

Now, Kit’s individual and playful approach to interior design can be discovered in a range of inspiring carpets by Wilton Carpets, each taking a little piece of her style and translating it into a vibrant and beautiful floor covering for hotel interiors the world over.

The Kit Kemp Collection is made of nine genuinely individual designs; an eclectic assortment welcomes happiness and colour for interiors with a real a sense of adventure. From inspiration as diverse as folk, architecture and botany, Wilton’s design team has expertly created a collection that stands out for its unique sense of pattern and colour.

Made-to-order by Wilton Carpets in Wiltshire, each carpet is woven in a rich British wool and nylon blend to bring enduring looks and lasting resilience, in a quality to suit the individual requirements of hotel projects. Whether tradition Axminster or Wilton woven constructions, or the added texture of a Brussels weave, the Kit Kemp by Wilton Carpets collection provides carpet of the finest quality, a transformative experience that is both distinct and beautiful.


for more information contact: daniel.tillman@c3design.info

Wilton Carpets: Axminster Havana Collection


In 10 incredible fusionist designs that artfully blend layers of abstract pattern and familiar floral and geometric motifs, Havana is our latest Ready to Go narrowloom carpet range. Crafted specifically to cater for the needs of the pub/bar, leisure and restaurant sector, Havana’s cocktail themed designs bring striking modern design in colourways for the latest interior looks.

10 Stunning Designs Perfect For Pubs And Bars

Designs such as Pina Colada, Mint Julep, Bellini and Black Velvet use our brand-new Creations colour palette to dazzling result, offering beautiful base colour combinations of blue and grey with popping highlights of rust and lime green lifting these designs beyond the norm. Whether late-night cocktail bar or traditional country pub, Havana is certain to lift the mood and set a thoroughly elegant tone. Packed full of on-trend blues and greys, the range is a great way to introduce a sophisticated contemporary look in a ‘stock’ carpet that’s made specifically for pubs, bars and restaurants.

Wool-Rich Narrowloom Axminster For Longevity And Superb Value

The narrowloom 0.91m width is ideal for the often-complex layouts of pubs, bars and restaurants, working with designs that can go wall-to-wall in even the most historic of buildings without a straight wall in sight. Axminster woven in a durable, seven-row quality from a wool-rich blend that’s perfect for corridors, lounge areas and busy bars, Havana’s dark base colours and patterns also work to hide dirt between cleans.

As part of Wilton Carpets’ Ready to Go collection, all 10 of Havana’s vibrant, modern designs are available in any quantity, delivered within just 14 days.


For more information: Daniel Tillman