Now in its twelfth year, the Shaw Contract Design Awards ( recognise the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning and healing. This well-respected annual competition is organised by Shaw Contract, a brand under US-based Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer.

In 2018 there were over 500 total entries submitted from 40 countries, placing a spotlight on a diverse range of talents from across the globe. Freshly announced in June, the 35 Category Winners were selected by a panel of international judges drawn from across the industry, chosen for their expertise, geographic and market segment diversity. Join Shaw Hospitality as they handpick their top favorite winners in the Hospitality category, representing the a prominent trend in hospitality interior design this year: global with a local flavor.

1. A modern spin on heritage

Project: The Palace Hotel | San Francisco, CA, USA
Designed by: Indidesign
Category: Hospitality

The Palace Hotel is both an icon of architecture and hospitality, having set the standards for luxury hotels since its birth in the 19th century. A fresh design approach honors The Palace’s opulent architectural heritage and storied history. Rich materiality, refined details and bold pops of color inspired by vibrant San Francisco culture strike a balance against the hotel’s landmark interiors. The newly designed guestrooms feature modern, yet classically elegant bespoke casepieces. The classic interior was creatively retrofitted to accommodate the ever-advancing technological demands. The deep saturated color, the 36 oz weight and the construction of Shaw Hospitality broadloom carpet delivered the look and feel of a very luxurious residential product while offering the advantages of working with solution dyed nylon fibers.

2. The sensibility of home and community

Project: Mercedes Me | Melbourne, Australia
Designed by: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Category: Hospitality

Mercedes Me Melbourne is one of seven concept stores globally. Occupying a highly prominent position in an area of the city currently undergoing extensive regeneration, the design needed to capture this shift and provide a focal point for the surrounding precinct. The space also needed to showcase Mercedes-Benz’s active role in Melbourne’s festival and events landscape and engage with Melbourne’s thriving artisan community. Emerging from the brief came the idea of the home. For many Melburnians, the local cafe is an extension of their lounge room: a home being a place where everyone finds their place. The design accordingly evolved into a series of spatial sequences differing in size and character, from the Living Room to the Drawing Room and Meet the Maker space where artisans showcase their work.

3. Commitment to showcase local art

Project: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Montreal International | Dorval, Canada
Designed by: Heekyung Duquette Design Office + Eric Majer Architect
Category: Hospitality

Air Canada’s commitment to showcase local products and art prompted the design firm to install mostly Canadian furnishings as well as the local Montreal art – ceramic art, paintings and photography. The result is a memorable lounge space where customers can enjoy the local focus before departing to international destinations. Ceramic art by Pascale Girardin makes appearances throughout the lounge: vessels carrying various cultural references, a commentary on travel and the meaning of souvenir as both memory and object. The main circulation is articulated in ipé hardwood flooring set against exuberant natural stone and the custom-colored plush carpet. The centerpiece of the lounge is the Eramosa-clad bar and the twinkling metal mobile feature. Throughout the lounge, the general imperative of offering a heightened sense of quality–a parallel between service and design– is conveyed through the display of noble materials, the intricacy of its details, craftsmanship and comfort, as well as proudly showcasing Canadian furnishings and art.

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