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Healthcare Facility Design Trends to Lookout for in 2018

HEALTHCARE TRENDS

E4H Environments for Health Architecture, a firm focusing on healthcare exclusively, recently studied and released seven predictions for healthcare facility design trends in 2018. Lets take a look at what is to come.

📐 VIRTUAL REALITY BECOMES A CRITICAL PLANNING TOOL FOR HOSPITAL DESIGN

As VR technology becomes smaller and more mobile, architects and designers have grown increasingly able to collaborate with healthcare clients when it comes to designing these complex spaces such as operating rooms. VR benefits both parties with its interactive capabilities enabling immediate design feedback. Facility efficiency and safety is predicted to increase from VR planning. “VR headset technology breaks through the traditional limitations of a screen to put people “in” the design to experience, evaluate, and comment on everything from casework configurations to outlet quantities and furniture arrangements.”

🏥  MICROHOSPITALS

According to US News & World Report, microhospitals are now operational in 19 states. These mini-hospitals are about 15,000 to 50,000 square feet, open 24/7, and maintain between 5 and 15 inpatient beds for short stay use. This model offers greater accessibility and convenience for residents and is a cost-effective market growth strategy for providers.

📱 TELEHEALTH

We have already seen an increase in Telehealth providers in the past few years with companies like SnapMD, Teladoc, Polycom and more. Healthcare consulting firm Sg2 projects that in the next two years, the volume of virtual healthcare patients will rise 7 percent and in-home healthcare services will rise 13 percent. Sophisticated patient monitors have been installed to allow a seamless consultations especially in specialty services like radiology, psychiatry, and dermatology. Many healthcare facilities will be implementing Telehealth with treatment rooms configured to accommodate remote consultation and an infrastructure for technological equipment. Telehealth technology is also transforming lobbies, common spaces, and admissions areas with kiosks and tablets.

📋 HOSPITALS TAKING NOTES FROM HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The healthcare industry has recently noticed a decrease in re-admittance rates for instance, when removing out-patient services from the larger hospital environment. A more consumer-friendly environment has shown to create operational efficiencies and clinical outcomes. A perfect example of this is procedures like bone-marrow transplants (BMTs). Their treatment is unique and involves two phases of extended care; the first phase they are served like inpatients (surgery and post-op). The second, is more of an ‘in-between’ population where patients are vulnerable to infection and require monitoring for complications. For these patients a facility that feels more like a hotel than hospital, with cozier interior design; private suite-style rooms; and specialized air and water filtration systems to protect immune suppressed patients.

📈 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DRIVES EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RECONFIGURATIONS

With the recent national opioid crisis and rising awareness of mental health conditions, hospitals are recognizing the need to accommodate cognitively impaired clients more effectively and sensitively. Hospital leaders are taking initiative in finding a balanced way to separate patients who pose a risk to either themselves or others from Emergency Department population while ensuring all patients are treated with compassion and dignity.

🏬  MOVE TO MALLS

While delivery of healthcare services continues to improve, many day to day services and procedures can be performed outside of hospitals and in community locations for ease of access and customer convenience. Established retail locations are ideal for developers of microhospitals, outpatient imaging, urgent care, and medical office buildings. For example, E4H is helping Health Quest in New York to transform a former Macy’s into a new state-of-the-art outpatient medical services facility.

⚕ ACUTE CARE NEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW

As explained above, outpatient services will continue to move from inpatient facilities, but hospitals will continue to see growth in patient numbers. As Baby Boomers age, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years and respectively, the total demand for inpatient care will grow. While servuces are pushed to outpatient facilities, architects must design to maximize efficiency of space and movement of medical staff to serve inpatient populations.

Read the original article here.

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The Useful Properties Of Epoxy Resin

The best thing about working with epoxy resin is that it can be used with just about anything. The kinds of products people create with this substance are skies the limit; from mold making to jewelry and even cheese boards! What is it about epoxy-resin that makes it so popular and fun to work with?

We’re going to explore the unique properties of epoxy resin, how its used, and most importantly how it’s applied to furniture making.

What is Epoxy Resin?

This material is a thermoset plastic (polymer) that cures when mixed with another catalyzing agent (or hardener). The most common epoxy resin is produced from the reaction of two substances called bisphenol-A and epichlorohydrin. It’s chemistry and ability to polymerize with other catalyzing agents has made its application quite broad. Epoxy resin also serves as a base material for many applications such as paint, coatings, adhesives, and even industrial tooling. According to 3dChem, “commercially available variations to use with epoxy allow cure polymers to be produced with a very broad range of properties.” To sum up it all up, epoxy-resin is a very viscous substance that hardens over a period of time when mixed and exposed to other materials.

What makes this substance so useful throughout all applications is that it’s known for having adhesive qualities, the ability to be heat and chemical resistant; and have good mechanical and electrical properties. This makes it quite useful in the production of industrial-grade materials and tools like laminates, molds, fixtures; or electrical systems like motors, generators, and transformers.

While there are a variety of reasons why epoxy resin remains incredibly useful throughout every industry, one of its most popular commercial uses is in furniture making.

Filling In knots and holes with epoxy resin.

Epoxy Resin in Furniture

While it’s known that utilizing resin with furniture can also be handy for repairs (due to its adhesive qualities and being waterproof). It is also used for artistic purposes and like other industries that have various commercial uses for epoxy resin, furniture making has creatively applied it to often fantastic results, therefore making resin furniture a style of its own. Simple pieces like credenzas, benches, and shelving units have benefited from epoxy resin because it heightens the aesthetic with a touch of class.

The Art of Resin Tables

How designers incorporate resin into their furniture is also an art form of its own. The shapes and variety of materials to use with epoxy resin are entirely up to the designer, but it’s the production process that makes this kind of furniture design incredibly unique. Quite arguably, the most sought-after material with resin is wood. When it comes to applying resin in wood furniture, one of the many shapes designers will use is live edge (slabs of wood that retain the natural appearance). There are no changes to the slabs, but areas like knots and holes are filled with resin to smoothen out the surfaces. The end result to every furniture piece that uses live edge are striking since the shapes are never the same size and form; every piece ends up looking completely different than the last.

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Other kinds of wooden furniture that use resin, like river tables greatly benefit from live edge wood because of the unpredictable nature of the substance. The fact that epoxy resin is so viscous allows it to ebb and flow (before hardening) or change gradation in color when using resin dyes; certain sections of the table may appear murkier than others, resulting in a more water-like effect to the design.

What makes epoxy-resin very popular is its ability to be applied to just about anything. Whether it be for repairing purposes, engineering, or even making art; there is no doubt that it is highly useful for commercial applications, especially when it comes to furniture.

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Reworking Interior Office Spaces During COVID-19

What will our offices look like in the near and coming future ahead? That is the question many designers have been thinking about as they prepare for the inevitable: our gradual return to the work-place environment. The idea of not being able to shake hands or stand beside your fellow coworker in a meeting may seem surreal for those already preparing the return. However, this doesn’t mean everyone will be sent to their stations immediately, businesses from every industry have yet to rework office layouts in compliance with CDC safety guidelines on social distancing. Returning to work will take time as companies are implementing return-to-office strategies in several phases.

Having that said, interior designers and architects will have to reevaluate their floor plans on how and where to place employees in an office space. Because ultimately, this pandemic will change how people view working indoors, both in the near-term and long-term.

The Near-Term Effects of Coronavirus

Looking at the situation in the near-term; office life remains an integral part to the furniture industry. Collaboration and teamwork are the primary principles we value as designers to generate innovative ideas as a collective whole. By taking those principles into consideration, designers have been actively working to retrofit their spaces with the resources currently available to them. For example, a shared workstation might not be the ideal work area without implementing sneeze guards or tall free-standing divider panels. Here at dTank, Principal David Sanchez and Founder Reto Eberle have been working around the clock with Gecco Vision, a product development company to design an immediate solution called “Sneeze Shields,” a product that will protect those working on the front lines in every industry today.

The Long-Term Effects of Coronavirus

So how will the furniture industry cope with coronavirus in the long-term? Designers around the world will continue to create more protective solutions that strictly revolve around reducing the risk of getting infected. Solutions like wearing a mask and gloves might not be enough to “water-down” the sense of fear and caution people may have when returning to those long work hours in an indoor environment. Thus, the demand for more individual desks may rise in favor of shared worktables.

Even after social distancing is lifted, working from home could remain in effect until a vaccine has been made. According to Kelly Griffith, a principal at the architectural firm called NBBJ, “much of the heads-down-work will continue to happen at home and the physical workplace becomes a place to connect with others.” Could this mean that social office spaces like conference rooms and physical work-spaces will be utilized solely for special work-related events? Only time will tell.

Though, who is to say that coronavirus will be around three to five years from now? Businesses that have been hard at work, making COVID-19 protective gear like N95 respirators masks, divider panels etc. are continuing to stick to their respective markets. Economist and methodologist, Alan Beaulieu, PhD. of ITR Economics suggests that fear of the virus will possibly die down once a vaccine has been developed. Which can only mean that down the line, the daily use of coronavirus protective gear will slowly become obsolete.

The Road to Recovery

While there are still many details scientists have yet to discover about the coronavirus, it is important to remember that the world will eventually recover. Though we may never return to that sense of normalcy we once knew in the pre-pandemic world, society will adapt and move forward; and that applies to how we will work in an office environment.

Yet, knowing how much of a physical and mental toll this virus has had on employees across the globe, business shall continue to be understanding and show moral support during these unprecedented times as we continue working from home out of caution, because ultimately, safety comes first for everyone.

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The Importance of Divider Panels in the Age of a Pandemic

How Companies Are Adapting To The Safety Needs of a Pandemic

The rise in COVID-19 cases have increased the past month across the United States and design companies have been finding new solutions to protect workers in every industry. From healthcare environments to retail, the demand for protection is high as businesses, both large and small, prepare to send their employees safely back to work.

However, certain industries are at higher risk than others. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), people working in healthcare environments continue to remain at “critical levels of risk” as they are continually exposed to the virus on a daily basis. So what solutions are being used to protect those working out in the field? One solution that meets coronavirus protection protocols is the implementation of physical barriers (or panels) and wall partitions.

The Importance Of Divider Panels And Its Increasing Demand

In the pre-pandemic world, the modern office space was known for shared workstations and collaborative areas, promoting and engaging creativity among employees. However, times have certainly changed as social distancing protocols have remained in place these past few months. Also, given the state of the economy, the pressure to send workers back into offices has never been higher. Aside from most businesses that continue to keep employees working from home, or those who­­­ slowly return to offices with fewer people; how can we all come back to an open office space without the risk of getting infected?

While not visually pleasing in most spaces, divider panels have been tested and proven to be effective against coronavirus. The “sneeze guard” has become the norm in groceries, convenience stores and large retail centers like Target and Walmart. They are effective in deflecting any micro-particles through coughs and sneezes which may be exhibited through verbal communication. The panels are primarily easy to install and maintain; as well as being cost effective for large scale productions. The material commonly used for these panels is plexi-glass acrylic sheets. However, there are certain industries that may require a higher density/stronger material; for greater strength, the panels can also be made from impact-modified acrylic, polycarbonate, and PETG sheets.

All Hands On Deck: Providing Protection to Those in the Community

Every helping hand matters as more companies are adapting to meet the safety needs in this age of a pandemic. The world economy is in freefall and businesses are looking to find unique ways to stay afloat and survive during these difficult times. This effects all industries across the nation including those operating on a smaller scale. Local shop owners strive to keep their employees working and have looked to new business opportunities and helping those that need protection against coronavirus. Companies like Versare Solutions initially known for designing room dividers and cubicle stations have now shifted their mission objective to making Plexiglass divider screens for cashiers, checkouts and reception areas. Even a Kayaking company in Minneapolis has focused on face shields after requests from friends and health practioners.

Here at dTank, our design firm which has solely focused on making custom furniture for the past 22 years, has decided to take action and do our part in the community and across the country, by providing protective divider panel solutions for workspaces in every industry.

The idea of creating a protective barrier between you and your fellow coworker may be a new concept that may take time getting used to, but given these circumstances, it is important to note that the safety of our community is paramount. Which is why the implementation of divider panels, hence “sneeze guards” are not only effective solutions to protecting employee’s working in the field, but are also a new business venture for companies willing to help save lives and a way to survive in this struggling economy.

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Improving Your Work-From-Home Space With Biophilic Design

With everything going on in the world today, normal office life has come to an abrupt halt indefinitely. The very thought of returning to our offices remains uncertain as most companies continue instructing employees to telecommute. It goes without saying that our current situation has brought a new meaning to “work from home.”

Working from home may seem ideal to the average office employee with a nine to five job, think about it: you have a flexible work schedule, there is no need to commute and you are saving on gas money; these points seem more like pros than cons right? But given our current situation, what happens when it becomes our only way of working?

We now live in a world where for most of us, our homes have become makeshift classrooms, gyms and offices. The reality of being confined in the same space for prolonged periods of time, day in and day out, can take a toll on our well-being, and therefore effect our ability to productively work. With that said, one trending design method in particular has been known to improve the quality of work; and that is biophilic design.

So, what exactly is biophilic design? It is the innovative concept of transferring the outdoors into an indoor environment, whether it be for work, school or home. This form of design improves creativity and productivity by reconnecting people with elements of the natural world, ideally through fauna, flora and other elements of nature like wood and fungi (biota).

SIMPLE DESIGN PRINCIPLES IN BIOPHILIC DESIGN FOR YOUR HOME

While all the complex natural elements (as mentioned above) are best suited for an office working environment; biophilic design does not actually require a full interior renovation. In fact, the concept is fairly simple enough that it’s principles can be applied to make your long-term work from home experience a more pleasant one.

Listed below are principles utilized in biophilic design that can improve your workflow and overall well-being.

  • ACCESS NATURAL LIGHT AND AN OPEN VIEW: Opening those shutters and curtains surprisingly have positive benefits to your health. Not only will your living room look brighter and larger, natural light provides you with vitamin D and reduces possible mood swings throughout the day. The more time you spend in natural light, the more likely you are to get a better nights sleep. You can bounce more light into your home by using mirrors and reflecting them on metal objects to catch sun rays. If you do not have a portable mirror, leaving windows open will naturally let light into your home.
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BACKYARD OR PATIO: Working outside exposes you to more natural light, fresh air and helps connect you to the outside world. At the moment, more people are at home, which means less cars and traffic noise make for a quieter and peaceful outdoor working experience.
  • ADD MORE COLOR INTO YOUR HOME: Whether it’s a full repaint on your walls or simply adding a bowl of colorful fruit on the dinner table. Fending off dull colors in your space with uplifting and vibrant objects can positively alter the appearance of your home and workspace. Reports from K2 Space have shown studies that the color blue can have a profoundly positive impact on your mental health. Other colors like orange have also been known to be beneficial. According to a member of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the color orange provides comfort in times of stress and “combines the energy of red and happiness of yellow.”
  • INCLUDE PLANT LIFE: The most obvious design principle in biophilic design is including more plant life into your home. Plants not only look aesthetically pleasing in most interior spaces, but they provide an increase in oxygen levels and can eventually lead to better concentration.

The inclusion of biophilic design in any interior space has been proven to be beneficial to your state of mind and overall health. Reports from K2 Space suggest, “interiors that utilize more natural elements have shown a decrease in mental fatigue and an overall increase in a workers well-being.” It is evident that those who spend the majority of their busy days working indoors lack that connection with nature, therefore the more time people spend working in an artificial environment, the more likely they are to become less creative, productive and even prone to losing that positive mindset.

In today’s world, many of us are faced with the feeling of uncertainty and unease. Working and staying at home for many months on end can be difficult for those who aren’t used to it. Which is why incorporating the simple principles of biophilic design into your home can help provide you with a better working mindset, and alleviate the everyday stress and anxiety you may face on day-to-day basis; in the coming months ahead.

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2020 Design Trends: The Next-Generation Of Open Office spaces By dtank

Once again design teams are back to the drawing board for 2020, crafting the future of office spaces to accommodate new cultural shifts in society. What are the challenges and how are companies dealing with them today? As a leader in custom-built furniture catering to designers globally, the dTank team feels the pulse about what key challenges designers are facing on a daily basis and shares what concepts, products and solutions can best prepare the changing workforce for success and happiness now and in the future.

Workplace environments have shifted over time, evolving from efficiency to experiences. During the last decade the trend for open office spaces has been in full swing with designers anticipating things like densification – more employees per square foot – and the ever-evolving mobile work styles. Newer technologies have paved the way for less equipment and space. However, open office design concepts have caused controversy, leaving designers aware that it isn’t really about “one size fits all.”

Initially, the open space concept was thought to encourage team collaboration, in addition to the cold, hard fact that a company could save money by squeezing more employees into less space via bench seating, etc. However, the open space office design concept has caused controversy and speculation. With increased competitiveness and pressures at work, many employees working in open office spaces are distracted by co-workers. Individuals have different personalities and work styles, and some people simply cannot focus in a crowded open space environment.

In fact, a Harvard study of two Fortune 500 companies found that people in open-offices spent 72 percent less time interacting face-to-face—but instant messaging increased by 67 percent and email increased 56 percent. This shift might prove that employees want privacy spaces in which to do their work.

As usual humans have found ways of adapting to their individual spaces to avoid distractions and work privately by wearing earbuds, staring at their screens, or simply heading to Starbucks.

This doesn’t mean the end of the open office space. Millenials and younger generations are actually quite accustomed to open-space architectural designs both at home, and even at some high schools that now boast modular furniture, charging stations, big-screen smart TV’s, custom bookshelves, ping pong and foosball tables.

Other factors compound the latest design processes. The global workforce is more conscious than ever before of things like environmental sustainability, ergonomics for comfort and health, non-toxic materials composition and even issues that can affect our psychological well-being. This affects everything from designing purposeful workspaces made from sustainable non-toxic, eco-friendly materials and fabrics, to a variety of seating options that support physical comfort and ergonomic support to textures and colors that support well-being and emotions.

The key is, what will we design and built to meet all of these challenges for a more productive, healthier and successful global workforce? These are the questions and challenges that the dTank designers ponder daily, coming up with solutions that its clients are loving.

dTank’s team believes that it is not just about office enclosures or lack of them when it comes to open office spaces, but rather about thinking outside the box and creating a total work environment that is adjustable, solves noise issues, addresses cultural shifts in society and allows for access to the resources needed for people to do their jobs and be more productive.

The company looks to the total picture for healthier and diverse workspaces including everything from purposeful workspaces with more natural light and acoustical integrity, to a variety of seating options that support physical well-being, to materials, fabric and art in colors that support sustainability as well as emotions.

Design Trends 2020

dTank has addressed these issues for new custom furniture for design teams like Smith Group JJR who did these workstations for the Baker Ave Asset Management office in San Francisco, CA.

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Workstations offer privacy to employees (and customers) via Bend Plywood with High Pressure Laminate Panels. High Pressure Laminate with Plywood Work Surface, Resin Panels, Dry Erase and Forbo Tackable Material, Powder Coated Steel Storage. dTank continues to revolutionize the industry by creating sophisticated work environments that incorporate the latest ergonomic features and technology solutions.

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The dTank furniture pieces feature White Laminate Surfaces, Raw Cold Rolled Steel with Matte Clear Powder Coat, Wool Felt Tack Panel, Spalted Maple Laminate, White Dry Erase Powder Coat Panels, Laminate Overhead Storage

Most commercial designers know that it’s essential to look at every company, their office and employees holistically. How many employees are there? What are the roles and personality types of employees who sit in open spaces? Are there teams or individuals working collaboratively? Do some employees (e.g. sales dept.) require more telephone time than others? Do people work independently, or do they require team and or client meetings? As a company grows in a dynamic environment, the needs of its employees will always be changing, so it’s natural that the physical environments often need to be updated.

If the goal in 2020 is to create an engaging office experience and overall wellbeing amongst workers, this may also mean introducing more activity-based social spaces where workers can go – small collaboration/meeting spaces, focus rooms, rejuvenation areas, work cafes and/or kitchens, living hubs, gyms, game rooms, privacy booths, areas for yoga or meditation and even outdoor nature-workspaces. Think resi-mercial designs – where office spaces become more like a home away from home for increased productivity, privacy and overall well-being.

Contact us today to let us help you with your 2020 planning!

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Hot v. Cold Rolled Steel: Do You Know the Difference?

HOT V COLD ROLLED STEEL

Hot Rolled Steel (LEFT) and Cold Rolled Steel (RIGHT)

There is often a misconception regarding hot versus cold rolled steel and when it comes to designing with steel, form must meet function. To create quality, high-end furniture we make sure the proper materials are applied to every piece and hope to educate you through our experience in the fabrication process.

HOT ROLLED STEEL

Hot rolling is a mill process which involves heating the metal to above 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it to be easily shaped and formed. After, the steel is cooled causing it to shrink or change in size or shape giving you less control over the final product. This is partly why hot rolled steel is typically cheaper than cold rolled. Hot rolled steel is often used when precise shapes are not required. Our Swag Room shelving units for Legendary Entertainment used hot rolled steel which you can see from the matte finish and textured appearance.

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Legendary Entertainment ‘Swag Room’ Custom Hot Rolled Steel Shelving Units

3 WAYS TO IDENTIFY HOT ROLLED STEEL:

  1. Scaly finish
  2. Rounded edges on barstock
  3. A non-oily surface

TYPICAL FURNITURE APPLICATIONS:

Wall panels, shelving units, table tops, table legs, and much more.

View hot rolled steel projects here.

COLD ROLLED STEEL

Cold rolled steel process begins the same as hot rolled but instead, it is cooled at room temperature, then followed by an annealing or tempers rolling. The additional processing allows for a range in finishes, and closer precision in finished sizes.Process. Temperatures are close to room temperature during the cold rolled process and increase the strength of the finished product by as much as 20 percent. Often times, the term cold rolled is used to describe all forms of steel, but this is incorrect. For Ground Zero’s workstations, we required specific sizes and pieces for the station to have the highest quality and durability. You can see we used cold rolled steel by the shiny finish and the consistency in texture.

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Custom Cold Rolled Steel Workstations by dTank

3 WAYS TO IDENTIFY COLD ROLLED STEEL:

  1. Oily or greasy finish
  2. Very smooth surface
  3. Very sharp edges on bar stock.

TYPICAL FURNITURE APPLICATIONS:

Storage units, table tops, legs, shelves, chairs, and more.

View cold rolled steel projects here.

Looking for custom steel furniture? Contact us here.

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8 Architecture Design Tricks That Affect Your Behavior

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1. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Blue is known for bringing tranquility to a space through its calming qualities. You can consider mauve, purple, navy and violets when designing spas or wellness centers to promote relaxation and serenity. Designers will often chose these colors for bedrooms as it helps induce sleep and maintain healthy sleeping habits. If you have a hard time committing to blue, consider the striking affect of blue and white on porcelain.

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2. STRATEGICALLY PLACED MIRRORS

It is a known trick that mirrors can make a small space seem much larger by giving depth and perspective. A rule of thumb is the smaller the room, the bigger the mirror! They are best used in living areas, thin hallways or staircases, or even integrated into furniture. For instance, furniture already takes up a large amount of space, but a mirror finish will open up the room by creating an illusion that the floor extends beyond the wall and creates the perception of extra floor space. Mirrored furniture can be tricky with excess accents in a room so be sure to carefully place mirrors within a space.

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3. BLACK AND WHITE FLOORS

Studies have shown that the juxtaposition of black and white across a large space subconsciously invokes your mind to think the floor is uneven and to move quickly through the area. This tactic is most commonly seen in areas with a lot of foot traffic, such as a lobby, cafeteria, or bathroom.

– Architectural Digest

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4. WALLPAPER USED AS A DISGUISE

It is a classic movie cliche to reveal the hidden door that appears once a certain book is tugged. But this design is actually used by many residential and commercial designers. These tricks allow employees to conceal their bustling backrooms and bring character to a home by tricking guests. Using a false wall and very strategically placed wallpaper, designers are able to create the illusion of a solid wall.

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5. GREEN DINING ROOMS

Green is known to be one of the easiest colors for the human eye to focus on for an extended period of time. When used as a wall color, green is soothing and can evoke the feeling of hunger. It is the perfect color for restaurants or dining rooms where there may be an extended time spent at the table. People often associate red with hunger but this is most commonly used in faster paced environments like diners, fast-food restaurants, and kitchens where a fast turn-over is preferred.

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6. GOOSEBUMPS

The power temperature has on productivity is no mystery to those who have tried to accomplish work in a warm workplace, classroom or environment. It is more likely to be lulled to sleep during a long meeting in a warm room than a chilly one. In Eastern cultures, colder temperatures in office buildings and establishments also are a way to show status and rank of a company.

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7. DIM THE LIGHTS

Lighting in a restaurant can drastically change from lunch to dinner. You may have thought it was just a natural lighting based on time of day, but in actuality the owner is likely to have purposefully dimmed the lights. The trick behind the lighting revolves around turnover. Bright lighting invokes an energetic mindset to create a turnover during busier times of day. This is effective for fast food restaurants that have high turnover and require quick visits both night and day. Dim lighting is comfortable for guests looking to relax and spend longer periods of time in one setting. This also benefits the restaurant because these guests are likely to stay longer- for multiple courses and rounds of drinks.

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8. WINDOWLESS ROOMS

Windowless rooms are commonly used when you want guests to focus and even lose track of time. Think of a casino or a movie theatre. Windowless rooms deprive people of stimulus which allows them to focus without any distraction. In the case of a casino, the more focused without distraction, the more money spent.

Huber, Hannah. “10 Surprising Design Tricks That Affect Your Behavior.” Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest, 24 Aug. 2018, www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/design-tricks-that-affect-behavior.

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Q&A: CoArt Acoustics

CONTRIBUTION TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Q. WHAT IS THE PRODUCT’S UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND COMMERCIAL INTERIORS?

A. dTank created this product knowing the problems architects, interior designers and end clients face. Our experience in creating furniture to improve built environments led us to the creation of CoArt Acoustics. At CoArt Acoustics we have perfected the collaborative process that allows us to optimize our product. Our team of experts is able to work with architects, end clients, and designers to recommend the best placement, size, and configuration to optimize the acoustic design of any given space. We are constantly striving to educate our clients on the benefits of utilizing acoustic panels.

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SOLUTION

Q. WHAT PROBLEM DOES IT SOLVE OR IMPROVE UPON? WHERE IS IT MOST LIKELY TO BE SPECIFIED?

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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FUNCTIONALITY

Q. DESCRIBE HOW IT FUNCTIONS AND HOW ITS FUNCTIONALITY ADDS TO ITS USEFULNESS IN COMMERCIAL INTERIORS.

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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FLEXIBILITY

Q. HOW FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE IS THE PRODUCT?

Q. DOES IT OFFER FLEXIBILITY AS A PRODUCT AND DOES IT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FLEXIBILITY OF OTHERS WITH WHICH IT IS CO-SPECIFIED?

A. CoArt Panels are highly flexible and adaptive across all environments. With its variety of configurations and high-end aluminum frame system, the possibilities are endless. Our designers work closely with the client to ensure we do not compromise the design of the space. The frame comes in customizable powder coat options and the option of specialty framing. Clients work directly with our design team to match colors of furniture, brand logos, or artwork. We also offer custom artwork services in which we work directly with your company to offer the best custom solution for any given space. Standard artwork from our Collections is also available. The aluminum extrusion system allows for quick installation and application of fabric, making interchangeability easy. The fabric is also dry-cleanable which is ideal for healthcare and hospitality environment

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QUALITY / DURABILITY

Q. ADDRESS ITS QUALITY STANDARDS AND ITS EXPECTED DURABILITY. PRESUMING IT OFFERS DURABILITY, HOW IS IT MORE DURABLE?

Q. WHAT IS ITS DURABILITY EXPECTATION?

A. At CoArt, we push the boundaries of technical design and fabrication to provide high-end acoustic solutions. Our reliable SEG framing systems are durable, easy to transport and assemble. The acoustically transparent fabric is tougher than painted walls, impact resistant and shock absorbent. The triple dye sublimation process penetrates the fabric so the ink cannot fade. The fabric is also non-combustible, and unable to be warped by moisture. Our suspension cable system is virtually invisible to the eye and the connecting hardware is elegant and minimal, enabling the designer to create display systems that appear to float in mid-air. The system received a 0.8 NRC acoustic rating and Class A fire rating.

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AESTHETICS

Q. DESCRIBE HOW THIS PRODUCT MAKES AN AESTHETIC CONTRIBUTION AND ADDS TO THE BEAUTY OF ANY INTERIOR.

A. Combining acoustics with art is how we take a technical solution and make it a beautiful addition to any interior. At CoArt, we place a great deal of attention on making sure our art is made with quality and perfection in mind. Our artists spend a lot of their time and attention making sure the smallest of details are faultless and that each custom artwork is made with the clients purpose in mind. Not only does our art serve as an aesthetic contribution, but it also serves a purpose. Add acoustical solutions, tell a company legacy, provide a healing atmosphere with healing artwork, and even inspire creativity and boost morale. From acoustic effectiveness and corporate branding to providing inspiring and welcoming spaces, those working in healthcare, educational, corporate or commercial environments will find CoArt Acoustics the solution to enhancing the performance and overall aesthetic of their space. CoArt will be launching its latest ready-made Art Collections curated with an array of tones, hues, and color ways. The option of custom branded artwork allows the client to control his or her own aesthetic and creative direction.

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INNOVATION

Q. HOW IS THE PRODUCT OR SOLUTION INNOVATIVE?


Q. HOW IS IT BETTER THAN SIMILAR EXISTING PRODUCTS?


Q. WHY WAS THIS INNOVATION NEEDED?

A. dTank’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. CoArt Acoustics combines acoustics with art and interior design to create the ultimate triple threat! By utilizing the SEG technology, we are able to create a user friendly product that addresses architectural design issues. Our product serves the client in ways most acoustic panels cannot, allowing them to interchange their artwork, dry clean the fabric, and customize the entire system. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Q. DOES IT HAVE A SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING PROCESS?

Q. DOES THE PRODUCT HAVE RECYCLABLE OR BIODEGRADABLE COMPONENTS?

A. Sustainably designed, the acoustical core is made from 60% post-consumer content predominately recycled water bottles. The core is itself is 100% recyclable. The frame system is made from a variety of recyclable material as well.

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Design Materials Tips & Tricks Trends

Laminate: The Stone Alternative

The design process is something dTank is all too familiar with. We want to make your material selection process as easy and informed as possible. We have teamed up with Panolam to show you some great options for laminate – stone alternative – finishes. Certainly when it comes to a kitchen, we suggest leaving the granite, marble, quartz, or travertine to its job. But for more commercial spaces, we think its a great way to cut down costs and achieve a modern, contemporary style for a creative workspace, retail stores, medical clinics, and even cafes. These environments ultimately achieve the stylistic benefits of stone with all the practicality of laminate.

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Laminate is a unique material that is durable, affordable and incredibly customizable. It is constructed by pressing together layers of heavy duty paper with a compound known as melamine, which hardens into a resin. This creates a solid veneer, which can then be covered in a thin decorative layer.

Here are some example spaces using Panolam’s visualizer app.

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Above, we alternated subtle stone patterns with wood grain laminates for a tasteful design. Designers tend to think that laminate sheets can be restrictive to design because of their kraft paper. Kraft paper is the core layer of a high pressure laminate that controls the product’s thickness, its texture and look is similar to cardboard. Luckily, Pionite® ThruColor™ high pressure laminate may be used in any high-end furniture and casework application where a solid color edge is desired. This creates a seamless finish to your design and contributes greatly to the aesthetics of the final product. Pionite’s manufacturing process provides a second generation color-through laminate that is more flexible and much less likely to chip than other color-through laminates.

Here is an example of the difference between what a ThruColor™ laminate would look like compared to a standard laminate.

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Panolam also offers a variety of finishes. If you are trying to achieve the sheen of real granite or marble, Panolam has a high gloss finish that will give you the reflective quality often seen on natural polished stone. The finishes range from velvet and soft leather to crystal and aged bark. For this application, high gloss would likely be your best option. Below you can see the difference between the gloss finish (left) and textured suede finish (right). The pattern is ‘Man on the Moon’, a powerful granite featuring an opalescent pearl with a slight patina. As you can see below, the high gloss intensifies the color and creates a smooth reflective surface. The suede finish adds texture but dulls the overall color of the pattern. Some may prefer this for a more subtle design.

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By the end of this process you can have a high-end fabricated furniture piece that resembles stone for nearly half the price but with all the practicality. Here are some examples of designs we have produced for our clients. These designs are able to be fabricated using stone or laminate.

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