Making PPE with our Neighbors

When the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals and health care facilities became apparent, we began reaching out to our peers in the fabrics industry, to state officials, and to local hospitals to see how our fabric design and fabrication resources could help create personal protective equipment (PPE). As it turns out, our search led us just up the road to our neighbors, Flowfold.

This is Leslie
This is Leslie. Leslie is normally busy being the Vice President of Transformit but these days she and a number of other Transformit employees have set aside their 'normal' tasks to help our neighbors at Flowfold make face shields for the essential health care workers who are on the front lines of this fight against COVID-19.
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Tags: Custom, Health Care

Under the Microscope at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Look through a microscope at a slide of cells and behold the tiny, almost innumerable micro-organisms bumping around together in a soup of life. Now imagine yourself in the midst of those cells, in that world under the microscope, shrunk down to cellular size, walking around in a seemingly infinite landscape of cellular structures. This is the experience you can have in the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Under the Microscope.

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Tags: Custom, Light Diffusion, Graphics, Museums, Exhibits

Five Transformit Projects Receive International Achievement Awards

At the 2019 Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo, the IFAI announced the winners of their annual International Achievement Awards. Five projects that Transformit designed, fabricated, and/or contributed to were recipients of an IAA. Each of these installations represent a collaboration of art and design with multiple partners.

Special thanks and congratulations to our co-winners and collaborators:  Conservation International, Cool Shadow (of Loisos + Ubbelohde), Maine Craft Gallery, Quiring General, Scattergood Design, SmithGroup, Thinc Design, Vision3, and Studio HHH, who's original sculpture 'Serpentine', created for Illuminus Boston and featuring eight Transformit 'Pixies', won Best in Category for Fabric Environments as well as receiving top honors with an Award of Excellence in the Fabric Art sub-category.

 

2019 Industrial Fabrics Association International / International Achievement Awards
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Serpentine
Best in Category — Fabric Environments
Award of Excellence — Fabric Environments / Fabric Art

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Tags: Custom, Textile Architecture, Exhibits, Acoustic Treatment, Interior Design, Shade, Mesh, IFAI, Awards & Recognitions, Fabric Art, Virtual Reality

Jellyfish

Thinc Jellyfish

Our newest installation, a jellyfish. Designed by Matt Tarpley and team at Thinc Design of New York, the jellyfish is a purpose-built environment for Drop in the Ocean, a VR experience that made its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and next opens at the California Academy of Sciences.

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Tags: Custom, Traveling Exhibits, Virtual Reality

Rooms Within a Room

 Brick South WEX

We designed our ready-made collections of stretch-fabric elements to help designers bring shape into their event or built environment. Sometimes that project entails defining space within a larger room or shaping the size of a room to fit form to function.

Our collections of Ready-made fabric designs feature elements from eight to thirty feet tall that are ideally suited to defining space, building moveable walls, or creating smaller “rooms” within a larger space. When paired with lighting, these artistic fabric elements that physically shape the room, can also shape the visual environment with color and form. They also add some acoustic absorption to a room, often a welcome addition when there’s a gathering of people in a large hall.

One of our favorite venues locally for creating rooms within a room is a 26,000 square-foot, former locomotive repair facility that was renovated and reopened as an event hall in 2017, Brick South at Thompson’s Point. We first worked in Brick South when Sea Glass Events brought us in to create a room layout for WEX, one of their corporate clients. WEX wanted a fresh and creative environment for an off-site company meeting, and loved the industrial space of Brick South, but they also needed ten conference rooms, a 250-seat theater, a dining room, and a social space.

 

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Tags: Ready-Made, Fabric Rooms, Events, Rooms, Rental

Ocean Lights

Ocean Properties Ballroom

When designing the Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa in Jensen Beach, Florida, the architects and designers at TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design drew inspiration from the resort’s seaside location. For the resort’s ballroom, rather than opting to fill the ceiling with traditional chandeliers, they designed a series of unique sculptural luminaries that evoked billowing sails filled with ocean light and breezes.

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Tags: Light Diffusion, Interior Design, Hospitality Design, Luminaire

Acoustic FireFlys at the Library

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In the years since the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine was last renovated, which was in 1998, the Library’s staff recognized that the addition of dedicated spaces for teens would provide a tremendous benefit to the community. To provide this space, the Library collaborated with Scattergood Design of Portland, architects of the 1998 expansion and renovation, to create a distinctive Teen Area within the existing building. Recently completed, the centerpiece of the Library’s new Teen Area is a two-story “pilot-house” study carrel with floor-to-ceiling interior windows, a range of seating, study and maker spaces, and a view from a birds-nest perch of the Kennebec River, home of the historic shipyard downriver at Bath Ironworks.

Suspended overhead in the carrel is an array of 5’ x 8’ Transformit Sentry FireFlys.

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Tags: Acoustic Treatment, Fabric Art

Interior Shade, Artfully

Using daylight simulation to design artful and effective interior shade.Photo: L+UTransformit’s artful tension-fabric sculptures are ideally suited to diffusing direct sunlight and providing interior shade. With this in mind, the architects at SmithGroup commissioned Transformit to create an installation in the atrium lobby of a new medical building for the Valley Children’s Medical Group (VCMG) in Modesto, California. Artistically, the client wanted something that evoked a flock of birds in flight. Practically, the sculptural installation needed to provide interior shade for the lobby, particularly over the reception area.

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Tags: Light Diffusion, Ready-Made, Textile Architecture, Shade, Fabric Art, Daylighting

Art Made from Art

Studio HHH created their own visual story and original sculpture with eight ready-made Transformit Pixies, as part of ILLUMINUS, Boston's contemporary arts festival featuring original works by artists who work in the medium of light and sound. 

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Tags: Textile Architecture, Projection, Events, Fabric Art

First Light:  Solstice

Maine Craft Portland’s holiday windows by Cynthia Thompson

In support of the nonprofit Maine Craft Association, Cindy created (pro bono) a three-window installation entitled First Light: Solstice for Maine Craft Portland, the organization's gallery in Portland.

Maine Craft Portland First Light Solstice

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Tags: Cynthia Thompson, Fabric Art