Contract Design Forum 2012

Contract held its annual Design Forum event from November 1 – 3 in Woodinville, Washington, located approximately 20 miles northeast of Seattle. In addition to welcoming new board members to the magazine’s editorial advisory council, the event featured guest speakers and an opportunity to conceptually apply what they learned in presentations from futurist Edie Weiner, president of Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc. (WEB), and sculptor, computer scientist, and architect John Snavely, creative director of Samsung.

To open a discussion among small groups in a breakout session, attending designers and sponsors were asked to consider the following:

Imagine next week, you are presenting to a client. Given the presentations you saw at Contract Design Forum 2012, what are the key things—and ultimately the one thing—that you will take away from this event to prove to your client that you are a forward-thinking thought-leader in the design profession?

Guest speaker John Snavely looks on as Primo Orpilla, Studio o+a (far left); Barbara Haaksma, Milliken (center); and Tacy Backus, Teknion (foreground), discuss integrating new and future technologies into the design process.

Clockwise from left: Paul Cleary, the Mohawk Group; Cheryl Durst, IIDA; Meg Collins, Universal Fibers; BJ Miller, The Vision Group Studios; Shashi Caan, Shashi Caan Collective; Lieselotte Anke, Anke Design; Kristen Manos, Wilsonart International; and Alan Almasy, Herman Miller, opt to work in front of one of the fireplace.

Christopher Stulpin, the Mohawk Group, looks on as Emily Cole, Steelcase, develops a diagram from their notes.

From left: Kay Sargent, Teknion; Ken Wilson, Perkins + Will; and Lois Goodell, CBT Architects begin drafting their presentation.

How would you address the question? Please feel free to comment on our Facebook page!

Contract thanks its sponsors for making the event possible:
Herman Miller
Mohawk Group
Shaw Contract Group
SitOnIt Seating
Universal Fibers

Check back at and for more on the event.

All photography by Emily Hooper


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