Press Releases

Antron® Brand Showroom, Designed By Perkins+Will, Offers An "Uncommon" Experience

Music, Immersion And Possibility Put Creation In The Hands Of The Designer

Chicago (June 11, 2012) — This year NeoCon attendees will be instrumental in bringing the Antron® brand and showroom, conceived by leading interdisciplinary design firm Perkins+Will, to life in a rich, artful and experiential way. The showroom will be a place where designers can seek interest, inspiration and interaction, everything that yields sensory imagination.

"Exploring guests will be pulled through a portal to an exciting and rewarding experience on the other side, symbolizing the creative process itself," said Tracy Cook, director of global branding, INVISTA Commercial Flooring. "This year, our goal is to unveil the new Antron® brand and make fiber matter in form and function as our showroom will literally unfold as an uncommon narrative telling the story of the process of fiber to carpet and the importance of the role fiber plays as the starting line of creativity to design."

With a focus on architects and interior designers, carpet fiber will be positioned at the nexus of imagination and activation, surface and depth, real and unreal. The experience begins in the entry, an area defined by giant spools of actual fiber that transform upon human activation into a light show of virtual fiber, enticing visitors into the space.

"Our vision for the showroom puts creation back into the hands of the designer. The experience is both intimate and engaging, encouraging a journey of discovery that drives imagination while supporting the brand's technical expertise," explained Keith Curtis, design director, Perkins+Will Atlanta. "This year's goal is to capture the essence of the Antron® global brand through an experience that solicits an uncommon sensory relationship with their process, character, and products," added Kimberly Richter, project manager, Perkins+Will Chicago.

The showroom features a single strand of fiber referred to as the "uncommon thread" transitioning between woven and solid carpet forms, engulfing the structure and defining a poetic abstraction of the beauty found in the manufacturing of the product itself. Ninety-four percent of the carpet in the showroom is being re-used from last year.

Designed to be collaborative and intuitive, immersive projection technology simulates the application of paint; splashing, pouring, and dripping color onto various surfaces of the showroom. The technology is activated by the designer's movement and body gestures, and is then recorded and has visual repercussions in other areas of the showroom.

Violinist Samuel "Savoirfaire" Williams will create soundscapes that reflect and respond to the designer's contribution to the showroom enhancing imagination. Williams created a custom soundtrack solely for the Antron® brand. Visitors will be able to access the soundtrack, "THREADS," by visiting antron.net post NeoCon.

The design plays with scale; fiberscapes are woven, carved, and integrated into large twisting sculptural loops. These unexpected colorful abstractions of geography, nature, and landscape provide intimate experiences where the pure beauty of fiber becomes understood as art, designed by Andrea Myers. She utilized roughly 350 of the 900 miles of fiber from the 2011 showroom for this unique exhibition. The remaining fiber will be sculpted into "Cliff Clouds" and "Soft Rock Bridges" showroom installations following NeoCon. Additionally, Myer's work will be showcased on antron.net post NeoCon.

About Antron® carpet fiber
Antron® carpet fiber is constructed with type 6,6 Nylon polymer, exceptional fiber engineering and treated with DuraTech™ soil resistance treatment. Carpet of Antron® nylon is tested against the Antron® Brand Performance Standards Program, the highest fiber performance standard for carpet durability. For more information on Antron® carpet fiber, please call 1-877-5ANTRON or visit antron.net.

INVISTA is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA's global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA™, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

About Perkins+Will
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 24 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types, grounding its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world's top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm's outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, more than 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry's preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit: www.perkinswill.com.

For further information please contact:

Amy D. Williams
A. Williams Public Relations
678-549-1200
awilliamspr@gmail.com

Tracy Cook
INVISTA
678-581-6182
tracy.cook@invista.com

Kate Jerde
Perkins+Will
212-251-7136
Kate.Jerde@perkinswill.com