A Magazine’s Interior Design Contest, One Student’s Vision, & Three Companies’ Teamwork:

How Accurate Perforating collaborated with several other parties to bring an aspiring student’s design concepts to life

Imagine you are an aspiring interior design college student given the chance to display your talents to thousands of professional interior designers. What would you want to say to your future peers? Savanah Colestock recently earned that chance when she won the honor of designing Interiors + Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon 2017; the world’s largest interior design show. The competition gave the University of Wisconsin-Stout student the opportunity to express the knowledge she gained and creativity she developed while in college and a chance to immerse herself into the professional world of interior design. With the assistance of Interior & Sources’ Integrated Media Consultant & Live Events Director Karrie Laughlin, Panolite, Wilsonart, and Accurate Perforating & Metal Fabricating, her concept was realized.

When Savanah began to develop her concept for the contest, she considered the volume of people that attend NeoCon and the issues that can occur with overcrowding of spaces. Colestock explained, “My main focus was really good circulation and to offer a space that is open and airy”. The layout features meeting spaces, via tall circular tables to facilitate discussions about the materials in the pavilion, and provide an area of rest while navigating the massive show.

Karrie Laughlin collaborated with Savanah to bring her design concept to life. Laughlin contacted numerous materials suppliers to support the initiative and settled on three very willing and capable companies, including Accurate Perforating & Metal Fabricating, to assist in the build.

Accurate worked in conjunction with Karrie Laughlin, Wilsonart, and Panolite to engineer Colestock’s designs. From the collaboration, Accurate and Wilsonart created a 72” long x 30” wide rectangular shaped table designed to display material swatches at a convenient and pleasant height and angle. Accurate developed the table bases from 16ga. 1” carbon steel tubes that were cut, welded, grinded, and then powder coated in soft gold. Wilsonart manufactured the tabletops from Calcutta Marble Solicor from .048” laminated on a ½” MDF board. The materials were joined together prior to Neocon 2017 by the Interiors + Sources staff.

Accurate and Wilsonart also worked together to create a 36” round wide circular table designed to provide Materials Pavilion attendees a space to converse and recuperate. Accurate created the table bases from 16ga. 1” carbon steel tubes that were cut, welded, grinded, and then powder coated in soft gold. Wilsonart manufactured the tabletops from ½” Brooklyn Concrete 9219GS.

Lastly, Accurate collaborated with composite panel manufacturer, Panolite, to build the large 72” H x 36” D x 11” W display towers essential in Colestock’s design. Accurate constructed two layered of 1/8” carbon steel support bases to prop up Panolite’s unique presentation system. Accurate created the tower bases from 1/8” carbon steel plates that were cut, welded, grinded, and then powder coated in soft gold. Panolite manufactured the towers from and unique combination of ½” honeycomb cardboard core with surface board layers.

With the commitment from Wilsonart, Panolite, and Accurate Perforating, Colestock vision of a room with “good circulation and to offer a space that is open and airy” was brought to life.