Partnering with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art, Durkan designed a striking collection of broadloom carpets and carpet tiles for the hospitality market. The design team drew inspiration from broad and varied cultural resources at the two museums: from Native American pottery and basketry to Japanese and African garments.
While the museum material for the collection was geographically and culturally wide ranging, a common visual theme emerged: the skillful use of negative and positive space elegantly rendered in a variety of materials. With such in mind the Durkan team thoughtfully crafted 8 new patterns. The resulting collection is an homage to the cultural resources and not a replication.
The collection was introduced in May at the Las Vegas Hospitality & Design Expo, the premier trade show and conference for hospitality design professionals, and was awarded the IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Award in the flooring category for carpet and rugs. For more than two decades, the IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards program has recognized innovation, function and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry.