Loungeworks brings Transformit to the Variety BC Show of Hearts Telethon

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Fri - Mar 24, 2017

When HiKu Productions, producer of Variety British Columbia’s live eight-hour Show of Hearts Telethon, was developing a new set design for the telethon, they turned to Loungeworks, Transformit’s partner in Vancouver, to help realize their vision.

“This year we changed set designs after 18 years, and wanted to go with a modern design that was flexible and adaptable to the different show components we were working with,” noted Scott Hinde of HiKu Productions. “The Transformit pieces allowed us to change the look and feel quickly and effectively during our eight-hour non-stop broadcast.”

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Tags: custom, stages

Collaboration Series: LumenARRT! + Transformit

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Mon - Feb 27, 2017

LumenARRT!

It’s not a typo, nor a misspelling. Lumen is a measure of light. ARRT stands for Artists’ Rapid Response Team.

LumenARRT! is a project (projection!) of the Portland, Maine based Artists’ Rapid Response Team in collaboration with the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) to advocate for artists and further the work of progressive non-profits in the state of Maine. LumenARRT! projects strong, clear, artistic images and messages addressing current issues at outdoor public events in Maine.

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Tags: projection

IFAI Award Winning Monster Fish for National Geographic Traveling Exhibit

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Fri - Feb 03, 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) awarded Transformit a 2016 Outstanding Achievement award for a giant H. polylepis.

A what?

The explanation starts with Zeb. The passion of Zeb Hogan, host of National Geographic Live’s Monster Fish television series, has inspired a traveling exhibition, Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants. While most of the exhibition’s fish are sculpted in traditional materials such as plaster, clay or fiberglass, a giant freshwater stingray (Himantura polylepis) was specified as a lightweight tension fabric sculpture, because of its sheer size (8′ x 15′) and the need to suspend it overhead.

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Tags: custom, museums, exhibits

Fabric Sculpture 'Aqua Vibrant'

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Tue - Dec 13, 2016

Transformit's founder and president Cindy Thompson won a 2014 public art commission from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to build her tension-fabric installation, Aqua Vibrant. Designed to occupy the overhead space of the Academic Commons at Lakes Region Community College, an 85-foot long room connecting two classroom buildings, the piece celebrates and takes inspiration from nearby Lake Winnipesaukee and New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Aqua Vibrant was installed this past summer in time for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Hand-painting with Stretch Mesh and Layers | Transformit Angel Wings

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Mon - Dec 12, 2016
BizBash Live / Photo Michael Scott

We have a lot of fun seeing and making friends in the events industry at trade shows. When we design our booth for shows, Transformit’s founder and president, Cindy Thompson, loves to bring a new approach each year that brings a bit of Transformit to the trade show floor. For event industry trade shows Cindy created an opportunity for show attendees to be an ‘angel’.

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Transformit Brings a Hug to ABX 2016

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Fri - Dec 09, 2016

With thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and a veritable sea of colorful and engaging exhibitor displays, the floor of a trade show can be an overwhelming place to spend a day. Sometimes it’s nice to simply have a quiet space in the midst of the hub-bub for a short pause or relaxed conversation. For the Boston Society of Architects' ABX 2016 show at the Boston Convention Center, Transformit created just such a space for the attendees.

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A Canopy for the Coffee

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Wed - Dec 07, 2016

Last summer, as the pharmaceutical research firm ICON plc of Dublin, Ireland was nearing completion of their newly renovated Philadelphia office, an unanticipated “condition of approval” from the Board of Health appeared on the construction punch list. The design for the lobby included a Starbuck’s coffee stand and the Board of Health required a canopy to be added over the barista stand.

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Indoor Shade for Comfort | Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Posted by Tom Newhall on Wed - Aug 17, 2016

After staff and patients complained of intense sunlight streaming into the West Valley Center in San Jose, the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation contacted Transformit for an interior shade solution. The assignment was to provide shade without completely blocking the light, and to be visually appealing at the same time. Wavy rose tinted panels were the final choice of the client. 

Some fire sprinklers in the facility had to be moved in order to accommodate the installation. Transformit's crew worked alongside the sprinkler contractor to get the work done in one weekend. Both the owner and employees were very pleased with the result.

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Tags: Textile Architecture

Custom Tensioned Fabric at Husson University

Posted by Matt Rawdon on Thu - Feb 02, 2012

When WBRC Architects of Bangor, Maine designed the new performing arts center at Husson University, they knew the lobby/ atrium of the Gracie Theater would want something more. John Rohman, principal at WBRC, called on Transformit's Cindy Thompson. John is a former mayor of Bangor, chair of the Maine Arts Commission, and a well-known creative economy ativist. He and Cindy had worked together on the governor's Creative Economy Conference.

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Tags: custom, light diffusion, tension-fabric

Custom Wayfinding at Discovery Parks

Posted by Matt Rawdon on Thu - Feb 02, 2012

Transformit has received two Outstanding Achievement awards from IFAI, the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Our installation at Discovery Parks Vancouver (shown here) won in the category Fabric Art. Daylighting Diffusers at The North Carolina Museum of Art won in the category Commercial Interiors.

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Tags: custom, light diffusion, wayfinding