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NeoCon 2018 Product Preview

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MAHARAM

Each year, Maharam transforms its Chicago showroom into an open gallery space in which a minimum of product can be shown to its best advantage. Their overall presentation is sure to keep you interested and interacted. Recent projects include collaborations with names like Paul Smith, Hella Jongerius, Alexander Gerard, and many more. Maharam textiles are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stedelijk Museum, among others. Maharam is the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Design Patron Award (2007) for its longstanding support of design and cultural initiatives. (Booth 1188)

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ICF GROUP – BILGOLA LOUNGE CHAIR

We have our eye on this minimal yet sophisticated lounge chair. Its neutral, earthy tones provide a welcoming environment to its otherwise architectural framework. Inspired by the Australian modernist architecture prevalent on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Bilgola is a lightweight lounge chair. The chair features an exposed linear frame, paired with a canvas sling support and voluminous cushions. The piece is stackable and appropriate for residential and commercial use. (Booth 7- 10058)

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KNOLL TEXTILES – “BETWEEN THE LINES

For those interested in functional, fashionable and durable textiles. Beauty meets performance with confident and modern interpretations of the stripe. Color and line work are expertly combined in this collection of high performance fabrics. Vinyl and polyurethane fabrics combine high durability with easy clean-ability. All fabrics are stain & water resistant, making them an excellent choices for high traffic areas. This collection is great for commercial, corporate and especially healthcare. It has high durability and is bleach cleanable. Some custom colors available with a minimum of 600 yards. (Booth 1111)

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HALCON – MOTUS

Halcon is no stranger to NeoCon, winning Best of awards several years in a row. Their chic table system is high on our list for visiting this year. The new line MOTUS is a collection of adaptable folding tables and mobile accessories that allows an effortless transformation from boardroom to flexible, multi-use space. The design is clean, modern, and timeless. The functional elements of table ganging, caster locking, leveling, cable management, and power distribution have all been thoughtfully engineered to simplify the user experience. MOTUS delivers advanced function within the form of a design classic. (Booth 10-121)

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INDIANA FURNITURE – SQUARE ONE

Space Division. Redefined. Square One is the clean, simple way to provide space division, functionality, and architectural design to any zone within the working environment. With individual building blocks that securely connect to one another and accessories like dry erase boards, acrylic inserts, tackable and acoustical panels, the personalization of Square One is only limited to your imagination. Square One is made of solid wood, providing a sustainable material for the workplace and bringing warmth and beauty to any space. (Booth 1054A)

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DAVID EDWARDS- SWINGS COLLECTION

Swing by David Edwards’ booth for a peak at their newest collection “Swings“. Swings are an aesthetic piece of furniture, simple enough to blend with the surrounding setting. It allows people of any age to feel like a child while getting their blood flowing and heart rate up. Swinging allows the individual to control and produce the momentum by pumping their legs. Lastly, it allows them to practice balance both physically as well as between work and play. (Booth 331)

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DTANK – COART ACOUSTICS

dTank Furniture takes a new approach to dealing with sound, space, and art. Their newest product, CoArt Acoustics, combines an effective acoustic solution with custom and ready-made art, offering interiors endless configurations for a custom fit. CoArt Acoustics is a framed acoustical panel wrapped with a printed fabric that serves a variety of purposes but most notably solves acoustical issues while branding a space with ready-made or custom art. Key features include double-sided and interchangeable art fabric, dry-cleanable fabric up to 100 feet long, and turnkey installation. (Booth 7-2004)

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HAWORTH – BANDAS SPACE

Bandas Space is a playful line of rugs with unlimited flexibility. Use them alone, place them end to end for a long runner, or mix and match patterns to create wider rugs with unique designs. The unique combination of texture and linework makes it a must see at this years NeoCon. The line is designed by Patricia Urquiola. Crafted of rich wool and embellished with a variety of decorative techniques, Bandas Space brings the warmth and comforts of home to the workplace. (Booth 312)

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LUUM TEXTILES – TACTILITY

The Tactility Collection by Suzanne Tick explores the diversity and expressive nature of a surface through fiber, structure, color, pattern, and dimension. The collection offers new classics, modernized through pattern and color. Patterns and constructions are inspired by time-honored textile techniques, such as quilting, moire effects, and spinning. The palettes reflect a more nuanced and experimental approach to color by offering a broader selection of softer shades and tech-inspired brights. (Booth 1043)

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Acoustics 101

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Stay Powered Up!

Technology is everywhere, entwined in almost every part of our lives, including the workspace. In almost all modern spaces we come across today being technologically connected is very important and we take this into account as we provide custom furniture solutions for our client’s spaces.

A popular option in providing direct connectivity is Byrne Electrical’s In Surface solutions that include USB (Salt) or power plugs (Pepper) and are made to directly mount into flat surfaces. That’s right – no more crawling under your desks and looking behind cabinets for an outlet. This option is not only very accessible but because it is integrated within a surface, it provides a sleeker look while making it a concealable solution for desks, conference tables and even counter tops. These products come in a circle or square shape and a variety of colors to either blend in or stand out. Could charging your devices get any more convenient?

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Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Choosing acoustic accommodation is essential to the function of a space whether it be healthcare, hospitality, educational, or corporate environments. Each industry having their own social setting, daily tasks, and reverberated sound issues. Having worked across various industries we have learned that fully customizable acoustic solutions are required to allow a space its full potential.

 EDUCATION

Whether in a library, lecture hall, or study area, educational spaces are amongst the top industries needing acoustical solutions. Similar to corporate and healthcare, students and staff both need up-lifting and inspiring art with the functionality of acoustical absorption. Acoustical art has a proven to positively impact learning, attention, and reading deficiencies or help those that speak english as a second language to comprehend and learn more. Noise also affects teachers, not only children or students. In fact, 80% of teachers experience vocal fatigue. Teachers are more likely to take sick days off work, as it also raises blood pressure, stress levels and causes headaches. (Sound of Architecture)

For educational environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsDivider PanelsWall Mount PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels

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Acoustic Cloud Panels in library

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Suspended Ceiling Panels in lecture hall

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Wall Mounted Panels in study hallway

HEALTHCARE

Medical clinics, hospitals, and aging homes are of major importance when it comes to patient comfort and staff productivity. A healing environment is often hard to achieve in such a technical setting. Poor acoustical conditions may have a negative impact on a patient’s physiological health and increase their chances of being readmitted to the hospital. Making sure that you have both healing visual aids and high performing acoustics is a relatively easy way to create a soothing environment that uplifts and inspires patients and staff. Proper acoustics facilitate clear communications, supports a more focused work environment to reduce medical error, lessens stress for staff and patients, promotes healing, and enhances patient privacy. Acoustics can also impact perceptions of privacy, comfort, safety, and security for patients and their families. (CISCA)

For healthcare environments we recommend the following configurations: Floating Suspension PanelsWall Mounted PanelsDivider Panels, and Cloud Ceiling Panels.

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Cloud Ceiling Panel in a medical facility hallway

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Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in palliative care unit

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Wall Mount Panel in medical facility hallway

HOSPITALITY

Whether a restaurant, hotel, or even airline lounge, the comfort of guests is the utmost important in the hospitality industry. Acoustics are especially important as it thrives on creating a multi-sensory experience for its customers. Currently, the modern design of most cafes, bars, and restaurants does not enable comfortable social interactions. Noise from a flood of conversation, often times closer than preferred, clanging cutlery, and the hustle and bustle of waitresses and bussers bring a level of noise that can easily be absorbed when appropriate acoustic configurations are applied.

For hospitality environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsWall Mount Panels, and LED Wall Mount Panels

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Alternating Vertical Suspended Ceiling Panels in a cafe

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Multi-floating Suspension Panel in lobby area

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LED Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in hotel reception area

CORPORATE

Acoustics in corporate interiors have become increasingly more problematic as offices grow to be more open, with collaborative teams and hard furniture, which create noise reverberations. Roughly 70 percent of all employees in open work areas report that the biggest impact on their productivity is the conversations of their coworkers. There have been tons of studies that argue poor acoustics in a workplace can be detrimental to work ethic and overall productivity. For instance, unwanted chatter, a loud HVAC, and music with a lack of acoustical absorption, can be very damaging to a healthy workplace.

For corporate environments we recommend the following configurations: Divider PanelsCeiling Suspension PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels, and Wall Mount Panels,

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Vertical Wall Mount Panels in conference room

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Divider Panels in open workspace

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Wall Mount Acoustic Panel in meeting area

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LED: Furniture in a New Light

Does your furniture make a statement? Often times our clients do so by adding LED lights to their reception desks, conference areas, and even branded or custom artwork. Here are a few of our custom products that have incorporated LED lighting for a heightened user experience and a lively work environment.

With growing technology and expertise in the field, LED lighting panels can be made custom for your space, taking into account the space that it is going into and the current ambient lighting levels. With dTank’s Custom LED Lighting and 3Form’s Resin Panels, we give you control of the experience, from choosing the resin material, color, brightness of lighting, and much more.

1.) LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT’S ‘SWAG ROOM’

For our client Legendary Entertainment, we wanted to create a unique and branded retail space that elevates the brands merchandise and creates an engaging retail-esque experience. Materials included Oak Veneer, Stainless Steel, and LED Lights. See the full scope of this project here.

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Swag Room for Legendary Entertainment HQ. Design Firm: Felderman Keatinge & Associates

2.) FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

For Florida International University, dTank partnered with JC White Architectural Interior Products to design and build computer stations with our custom LED lighting and 3Form’s resin panels at FIU’s Computing & Information Sciences department. To make the LED edge lighting accessible we created a removable toe kick and also added digital dimmer so that the client could adjust the lighting as needed. Materials applied include 3Form Chroma, LED Lighting for 3Form Chroma, Cemetal Brushed Aluminum.

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Rounded computer lab stations that include 3Form Resin Panels with incorporated LED lighting created by dTank. Project completed in 2015.

3.) COART ACOUSTIC LED WALL MOUNT

To take interiors a step further, CoArt Acoustics has developed an acoustic art system that integrates LED lighting into beautiful custom and ready-made artwork. Up to 100 ft. long, these panels increase sound quality within a space to maximize employee productivity, client and guest comfort, and even promote healing and enhance patient privacy in healthcare interiors.

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Hospitality lobby featuring CoArt LED Wall Panel with artwork from the ‘Abstract’ Collection (left) and Cafe featuring LED Wall Panel with artwork from ‘Travel’ Collection (right)

4.) GRAND ROUNDS

Whether it is for healthcare, hospitality, or corporate offices, a reception desk is often times the first piece of furniture your clients see. For Grand Rounds Healthcare in San Francisco we used Formica ColorCore2 Laminate, Corian Transaction Surface, and LED Lighting to create a custom and branded reception desk.

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Custom reception desk with LED lighting detail. Design Firm: NBBJ Architects

5.) AICPA

dTank redesigned AICPA’s video conference room to accommodate their meeting needs with fully equipped electrical outlets and plug ins. Inside are LED TV screens designed so that no matter where u sit you have a view of the screens. Additionally, each seat has a microphone to enable interactive video conferencing.

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dTank custom video conferencing tables with LED screens, microphones, and power outlets. Design Firm: Shubin + Donaldson Architects

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7 of the Most Iconic Furniture Pieces from the 20th Century

A look at 7 distinct furniture designs that have inspired and informed today’s offices, homes, and public spaces through the simplicity and intricacy of modern design.

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1. WASSILY CHAIR BY MARCEL BREUER

The Wassily Chair, also known as the Model B3 Chair, was designed by Marcel Breuer in 1925-1926 while he was the head of the cabinet-making workshop at the Bauhaus, in Dessau, Germany. Though patent designs are expired, the trademark name rights to the design are owned by Knoll while many other manufactured have reproduced and placed it on the market under different names.

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2. ARCO FLOOR LAMP BY FLOS

Clearly exhibiting “form follows function”, the Arco Floor Lamp is a staple to modern design. First produced in 1962, by the Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, and copied around the world to this day. It’s timeless design gave the Arco an adjustable arc and swiveling shade for precise lighting control. It also holds a place in the permanent collection at MoMA.

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3. BARCELONA CHAIR BY LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

Mies is regarded as a pioneer of modern furniture. His style was deceptively simple with clean lines and he used modern materials such as stainless steel and plate glass in his buildings, which he referred to as “skin and bones” architecture. Although many architects and furniture designers of the Bauhaus era were intent on providing well-designed homes and impeccably manufactured furnishings for the “common man,” the Barcelona chair (1929) was an exception. It was designed for the Spanish Royalty. Knoll claims to be the current licensed manufacturer and holder of all trademark rights to the design.

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4. GRAND CONFORT CHAIR BY LE CORBUSIER

Grand Confort is a cube-shaped high armchair, whose leather cushions are held in a chrome-plated steel corset. It was designed as a modernist response to the traditional club chair in 1928. It landed a place in the iconic Maxell audio ad of 1979. It also holds a place in the permanent design collection at MoMA.

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5. FLORENCE KNOLL SOFA BY FLORENCE KNOLL

Her lounge collection, designed in 1954, is utterly modern and totally timeless, clearly derived from her favorite mentor, Mies van der Rohe. She scaled down the rhythm and details of modern architecture while humanizing them through color and texture. The sofa is still being produced to this day by Knoll.

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6. NOGUCHI TABLE BY ISAMU NOGUCHI

The Noguchi table is a piece of modernist furniture first produced in the mid-20th century. Introduced by Herman Miller in 1947, it was designed in the United States by Japanese American artist and industrial designer Isamu Noguchi. The Noguchi table comprises a wooden base composed of two identical curved wood pieces, and a heavy plate glass top.

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7. MARSHMALLOW SOFA BY GEORGE NELSON

The Marshmallow Sofa is a modernist sofa produced by the American furniture company Herman Miller, that was originally manufactured between 1956 and 1961. It is considered the most iconic of all modernist sofas. The sofa was designed in two lengths and was reissued in 1980’s as part of the “Herman Miller Classics” line and continues in production today.

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Make Your Next Project WELL Certified: Building Health and Mental Well-Being

The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has initiated a community standard that promotes the building of spaces to optimize our health and mental well-being. This standard takes into account fundamental human rights and to further this goal, in February 2017, IWBI introduced a pathway for new project types to pursue WELL Certification with the mantra: ALL PROJECTS IN.

The IWBI team will work with your project team to generate a custom scorecard that reflects your project type (e.g. corporate headquarters, hospital, senior care center). Your project team will propose modifications to current WELL features to better fit your project type, and our IWBI team then reviews to ensure modifications meet the WELL features’ intent.

WELL Features include:

AIR WELL

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) establishes requirements in buildings that promote clean air and reduce or minimize the sources of indoor air pollution through smoking bans, increased ventilation, humidity control, toxic material reduction, and many more air quality features.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) promotes safe and clean water through the implementation of proper filtration techniques and regular testing in order for building occupants to receive optimal quality of water for various uses.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) requires the availability of fresh, wholesome foods, limits unhealthy ingredients and encourages better eating habits and food culture through strategic dining design, nutrition standards, and many more.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) provides guidelines that minimize disruption to the body’s circadian system, enhance productivity, support good sleep quality and provide appropriate visual acuity through workstation design, circadian emulation, and more.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) promotes the integration of physical activity into everyday life by providing the opportunities and support for an active lifestyle and discouraging sedentary behaviors through activity incentive programs, active interior and exterior design, and more.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) establishes requirements designed to create distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments through ergonomic solutions, and designing for the 5 senses.

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The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) optimizes cognitive and emotional health through design, technology and treatment strategies.

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Interior Architecture in the Post-Digital Drawing Era

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The limitless act of drawing on a piece of paper with your pencil, tools, light boxes, rulers, and even erasers was quickly overshadowed by computed drawings and renderings. The digital era inadvertently isolated part of architectural representation that was essential to its culture. Architectural drawings in the past have often been categorized as either informative or illustrative, restricting a designers’ ability to communicate a design in a way that could capture people’s imaginations and reintroduce drawing as a core disciplinary act as well as a means of communication.

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Now, with the reintroduction of drawing and the integration of digital media and materials, its structure is inherently the same. However it is supported by our access to unlimited materials and the ability to construct and deconstruct them. By utilizing graphic technology, an image that is made up of several individual pieces easily becomes one cohesive illustration by communicating construction detail. This relates back to the fundamental disciplinary art of architectural drawings as created by real “paper architects” in the 1970s and ’80s: pre-commercial Libeskind, phase one OMA, and most of all, pre- digital Zaha Hadid (and many, many more). While it is still an accurate way of depicting detail and measure, it incorporates traditional drawing and modern technology.

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Looking back at the beginning of art in the digital age, there was widespread use of symbolic representation. Populated areas with blue skies and lush leaves created a “postcard from the future” feeling while emulating a very real setting. We now possess the power and resources to achieve a different kind of realism; one that focuses on materials and construction allowing architects and designers alike to create pseudo-realistic illustrations. Both informative and illustrative qualities with the desire to make the fictional seem real particularly through exploration of texture, patterns, and materials.

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A New Take on Shipping Containers

RECYCLE

There are nearly 30 million shipping containers in use in the world today. Over a million of them are replaced each year by the shipping industry. A standard 20 foot unit contains about 5000 pounds of rust-proof Corten steel, so it’s not going to just disintegrate, even after spending years exposed to the elements.

Around the time that Clive Wilkinson & Associates created their award-winning office space for Pallotta Teamworks, I became fascinated with the possible uses of recycled shipping containers. Here was an opportunity to really demonstrate recycling and sustainability by giving new life these retired containers in new applications.

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Pre re-purposed Shipping Containers for dTank Showroom

RE-USE

Our plan is to demonstrate some potential uses for these containers as retail spaces, offices, and more. We chose three 20 foot standard containers and had one side cut out to allow for better viewing of our experimental spaces.

Recycled shipping containers are nearly indestructible. Their Corten steel construction makes them virtually rustproof and their standardized design makes them easy to combine in many ways. Their strength makes them ideal for stacking. They can be cut, sliced, painted, insulated, and electrified!

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dTank Showroom Shipping Containers

RE-PURPOSE

Our experimental project with our showroom inspired many other designs using shipping containers. This project for Smashing Boxes headquarters was built from the ground up inside their space based on the idea of utilizing a container as a space for meeting, working, or relaxing. This structure was built with full electrical access, a conference table, operating doors that open and close. The structure is even portable! The company has recently moved their headquarters and kept their custom fabricated shipping container.

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dTank Custom Shipping Container fabricated for Smashing Boxes Inc.

CONCEPTS:

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People’s Architecture Office builds temporary Pavillion

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Potash Architects proposes angled shipping container staircase

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CRG Architects Skyscraper Concept from Shipping Containers