This was a great sequel to last year’s debut of this outrageous event! We were randomly paired with architecture giant NBBJ, and tasked with creating a runway-worthy couture outfit constructed out of the materials that United Tile distributes. Our outfit ended up having a sassy, chic, industrial-meets-Art Nouveau flavor. We created:
– A tailored pleated underdress made completely of Laticrete 9235 anti-fracture membrane.
-A laser-cut mesh and floral skirt using Composeal shower-pan liner.
-An incredible modified ‘knit’ shawl of Composeal using a genius innovation designed by Samuel Sze at NBBJ.
-A ‘feathered’ mosaic headdress, belt and shoes made from Bisazza, Chimera and Water Crystal glass tile and Laticrete 4237 and 1500 series grout.
The process is one of spirited collaboration. We spent many a night running amok in NBBJs model shop until 2 am, experimenting with laser cutters and tile nippers. It’s an event that really forges a bond within the team as we all get carried away by the atmosphere of creativity and competition. Indeed, the entire industry gets caught up in the fervor as we take common industrial materials and make them glamorous. Despite the hard work, the 2 minutes of glory on the runway make it all worthwhile.