TONO GROUP OPENS INTERIORS BY DECO SHOWROOM
Showcasing the space and telling a meaningful story with a First Friday art exhibit
Lancaster, PA-(November 28, 2016) Interiors by DECO, the entity of TONO Group that procures furniture, fixtures, and equipment for residential and commercial clients, will open its showroom inside the TONO Group office, located in downtown Lancaster, on Friday, December 2. The grand opening celebration includes food, drinks, and an art exhibition for First Friday from 5-7PM which is free and open to the public.
The artwork, which will be showcased for the event, was made by local Artists at Friendship Heart Gallery and has a unique and meaningful twist. (Friendship Community, the parent company of Friendship Heart Gallery, is a Christian ministry that cultivates capabilities of individuals with developmental disabilities.) All works on display were made from raw materials the interior designers at TONO Architects donated to Friendship Community’s Director of Development, Cynthia Beebe. By reimagining the tiles, color swatches, wallcoverings, and much more, the Friendship Heart Gallery Artists created beautiful pieces that celebrate their mission to “Express Capabilities” and TONO Group’s mission of “Creating Meaningful Places.”
After TONO Group completed their move from Wheatland Place to the self-developed space at 436 West James Street, interior designers Angelique Miller, NCIDQ, Amy Kleinfelter, NCIDQ, and Amy Brunner began updating their samples library. Rather than discard them—while essentially brand new but outdated by the industry’s standard—the items avoided a landfill and found a second life in the hands of Friendship.
“This collaboration makes a lot of sense. We’re happy to support those who express their creativity in meaningful ways. There are many similarities between architecture, design, and art. This idea was simple: We took items that could have been thrown away and we gave them a second life. Each piece now has a personal touch and carries a story along with it—one that includes depth and layers of meaning. Behind each piece of art exists the expressed capability of an Artist who has an incredible amount of talent,” says Nicole Patterson, marketing manager at TONO Group. “Often people only look at the surface—of buildings, of facades, or of people—and they end up mission out on a valuable, fuller picture. These Artists might have otherwise been overlooked for their perceived mental or physical disabilities and so we’re excited to partner with an organization that believes these individuals can impact the work in both beautiful and meaningful ways.”
The artwork (and other Interiors by DECO furnishings) will be on sale in the Interiors by DECO showroom. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from art sales goes directly to Friendship Community. The interior designers will continue to donate materials on a regular basis.
The partnership benefitted Friendship by adding a new medium—as the Artists had never worked with tiles—as well as possible commissioned work in the future for Interiors by DECO clients who desire original, local works of art with a meaningful purpose. The partnership benefits TONO Group, and specifically Interiors by DECO, because it puts into practice its mission of “Creating Meaningful Places” by encouraging others to consider the process by which we assign meaning. Much like art, architecture and design are not always immediately understood—but hold tremendous value to our everyday lives.
About Interiors by DECO
The company has completed projects for local businesses like Armstrong World Industries and the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Please contact Nicole Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717.735.8166 for more information.