Description:Team DC started their inspiration scramble in the regal chic lobby of the Willard Hotel, one block from the White House. From there, they sought out ideas at Eastern Market and the Botanic Gardens, the Mall, Penn Quarter and Georgetown. Every where they turned in this multicultural city, this country-within-a-city, they saw the cultures contrasting, structure and organic forms bumping against each other.
Maps, signs and graphic representations break up the streets into a city that is remarkably well-laid out into quadrants, grid systems and traffic circles. Very orderly. At the same time, the fact that the city is so walkable and boasts one of the best public transportation systems in the world makes this mapping very human, because people are bringing layers of experience to the city, at all hours of day and night. In fact, none of the six team members own a car; all rely on public transportation, pedal and foot-power to travel to work and play.
Along with Mannington's product designers, the team created patterns inspired by topography and transportation, maps of experience expressed in texture and colors that reflect the neutral buildings, contrasts of greenspaces and cherry blossoms.