22 Dec 2014

Annual Holiday Bazaar

Category: Community

This month we celebrated art and design in our New York showroom with friends for our Annual Holiday Bazaar. Here are some images from that fun evening.







22 Dec 2014

Happy Holidays from 3form

Category: Community

Inspired by the central location of the property and the tangled network of highways in the surrounding metroplex, K2M Design came to LightArt for a sculpted centerpiece for a multistory luxury hotel lobby.

In the following months, LightArt worked with the architects, designers, and other stakeholders to ensure the design was exactly as they imagined. LightArt provided multiple design iterations, with hand-drawn sketches and renderings, and several rounds of material sampling and suggestions. As the vision materialized, designers visited LightArt’s Seattle studio and, together with one of their artisans, constructed a miniature version of the piece within a scale model of the space, tweaking it until it was precisely what the designers wanted.


From there, LightArt translated it to full size and began creating the final version. The very same artisan that worked with designers on the scale model lead the team that built the full-size version.


Once LightArt had formed and hung the piece in their studio, it was then crated and shipped to the job site. Both the artisan and project manager that worked on the sculpture were on-site providing assistance during installation, making sure it went flawlessly.


This is another spectacular example of LightArt’s commitment to ensuring commissioned works exceed all expectations. When working with LightArt and 3form, we more than just a manufacturer, we are a collaborator. Whether purchasing a standard product, or a completely custom piece, we are with you every step of the way from design to installation.

SITE: Atrium of high-end luxury hotel LOCATION: Dallas, TX DIMENSIONS: 12’-0”H x 35’-0”L x 12’-0”W FIRM: K2M Design

Want to see more on this project? Go here.

23 Oct 2014

Design Customization Tool

Category: Design, News

Want to experiment with designing with 3form materials? The latest version of our YouCreate tool has been updated. This quick tutorial will help you navigate this great customization app.

Want to try it out for yourself? Check it out here.

17 Oct 2014

Greenweek 2014

Category: News, Sustainability


We believe that we must be responsible for our products through their entire life cycle, with a diligent focus on the balance of people, planet, and profit.

Our sustainability initiatives:

Zero-waste manufacturing facilities

Carbon neutrality by 2017

Socially and Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing

Transparency Leadership

Employee Engagement

Last week we participated in activities from clearing the parking lot by choosing alternative transportation, retiring a parking space to create another green space for employees, refraining from using any trash cans one day (we hauled our own trash home at the end of the day), and creating short movies to illustrate the life cycle of every day products.



What have you done this week to be more sustainable?

Learning about 3form materials and solutions is kind of a big deal this time of year for our sales reps.


As is tradition, our annual national sales conference attendees participate in a service project. This year the service project encompassed creating kits for various groups in need. This year we chose to give back to the military because many of our sales force are or have families in the military. Additional projects were done to support women and children in areas related our Full Circle communities and sick children at a local hospital in Utah.


The results of this activity yielded big stacks of items to be donated as well as hearts that were warmed by the sheer joy of giving.

Here's what we accomplished: 1000 School kits for students in the Philippines
370 Newborn kits for moms and babies in Zimbabwe
60 kits for active military men and women - additional names were given to some of our representatives for them to send care packages individually
12 fleece blankets for sick children at Primary Children’s Hospital


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The Background

Service recently began in the San Bernardino valley on the first bus rapid transit system in the county. Omnitrans, a public transportation agency, sought Gruen Associates working under Parsons Transportation Group to design and develop stations along the Green Line for the San Bernardino Express (sbX), which connects diverse communities in two cities to centers of commerce, services, and local universities.

The Challenge

Known as an architecture firm that transforms communities, Gruen Associates accepted the challenge. At the most basic level, the stops needed to provide shelter from the strong winds and the California sun. But the designers also wanted to tie the communities together and create a timeless design the residents could be proud of for decades. Gruen worked with Omnitrans and local user groups to develop a design that connects communities metaphorically as well as physically. Designers envisioned shelters that would create a sense of movement while referencing the shapes of the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains with undulating shapes and angles of the shelter canopies.

After realizing the complex angles and compound curves would not be viable in glass, the firm sought a new material and a vendor. On a tight deadline for installation, Gruen reached out to 3form for a strong, formable material that was weather resistant. The complexity of the angles on the canopies required customization and accuracy.

The Solution

Within weeks of obtaining Gruen’s drawings, 3form built 34 custom molds to fit the complex angles on all 16 transit canopies, then the 3form fabrication team extruded 400 custom-sized Koda XT panels, molded custom aluminum channels around each piece to achieve the desired aesthetic and shipped off the panels to meet the tight installation timeline. The new bus stops touch the lives of thousands and create a striking aesthetic throughout the valley. ”We knew that 3form was the right company for this job,” said Jill Wagner, Associate Partner at Gruen Associates. “Working with 3form  enhanced the design process and the end result realizes our vision in a way that added value to the project.”

Community gathering for the opening of the Long Street Cultural Wall.
captionPointer.jpg Community gathering for the opening of the Long Street Bridge and Cultural Wall.
Communities once separated by a highway are now reunited through the Long Street Bridge project in Columbus, Ohio, which was opened this week. This Ohio Department of Transportation project features a 240-foot Cultural Wall, made from High Res panels of Koda XT. 3form provided all the lighting and hardware in this Advanced Technology Group complete solution. This visual history tells the story of the rich cultural heritage of King Lincoln and Discovery District neighborhoods. The wall features art by veteran Columbus photographer and artist Kojo Kamau and mixed media artist and wood carver Larry Winston Collins, who is also an associate professor at Miami University of Ohio. The community turned out in droves to see the unveiling of this new public art installment linking the two neighborhoods. More local media coverage here.

18 Jun 2014

NeoCon 2014

Category: Design, News


We had a blast at NeoCon this year and walked away with two awards!


Our Pattern+ system took Silver for the category of Architectural & Decorative Glass. This customization system provides designers with control and flexibility over scale, color and pattern through multiple material platforms from Infinite Glass to Varia Ecoresin®.


Full Circle designs from Ndem, Senegal garnered a Silver award in the NeoCon Surface & Materials category based mostly on the philanthropic story of Full Circle. The dynamic wire patterns are called Dance and Pogo. Rhythmic fabric chains form Tribe, a fresh spin-off of the award-winning Ensign pattern.


For more information or to see samples of these award-winning new products, contact your 3form sales rep.

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15 May 2014

Meet us at HD Booth 1735

Category: Design


New products have finally launched! While we've been prepping each new product, we've also been working on the booth for HD Expo. Collaborative efforts of designers, engineers and fabrication teams have pulled in elements reflective of current trends and the newest 3form products. In response to the demand for communal spaces with areas set apart for privacy in healthcare, education, corporate and hospitality segments, we developed a few curved spaces that can be seen at our HD booth 1735. Stop by and visit us or get in touch with your 3form sales rep to see samples of our exciting new materials.