Jellyfish

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Fri - May 17, 2019

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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Thu - Apr 18, 2019

 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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Wed - Apr 10, 2019

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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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Mon - Apr 01, 2019

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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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Tue - Jan 15, 2019

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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Wed - Jan 02, 2019

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

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Fri - Dec 21, 2018

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

Montaje Luminaire a CODAawards Finalist

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Wed - Jun 27, 2018

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A custom built fabric structure luminaire designed by Planeta Design Group with Transformit for the Montaje Apartments, Somerville, Massachusetts was named a finalist by CODAworx for the 2018 CODAawards. The lighting fixture features aluminum extrusion frames, stretch mesh, and stretch fabric printed with images from the site's era as an assembly plant for Ford Motor Company.

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Tags: Custom, Interior Design, Mesh, Awards & Recognitions, Fabric Art, Luminaire

This Little Light of Mine

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Tue - Mar 06, 2018

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The sculptural luminary pictured in the photo is This Little Light of Mine, the signature piece at the center of the newly opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This Little Light of Mine is a big deal for Transformit.

We were hired to build and install This Little Light of Mine and it was an honor to contribute to this museum celebrating Mississippi's civil rights movement, a movement that changed the nation. Plus, this project, with its artistic intent, myriad of technical integrations within a fabric structure, and design and installation challenges, was an exceptionally good creative fit for our company.

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Tags: Museums, Luminaire

We Rent

Posted by Jim Ahearne on Mon - Jan 15, 2018

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We are often asked by event producers and designers if the pieces in our Ready-made collections are available for rent.

Yes, indeed they are!

Our rental shop walls are lined with our inventory of more than 2,000 fabric pieces, stored in our signature goldenrod-colored custom bags. It's quite the sight. 

All of the designs in Transformit's Ready-made collections are available for rental.

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Tags: Ready-Made, Rental