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NeoCon Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DTANK FURNITURE LAUNCHES COART ACOUSTICS AT NEOCON 2018

CoArt Acoustics presents line of acoustical configurations and new art collections for branded commercial interiors.

LOS ANGELES, CA. APRIL 4, 2018.

dTank will be presenting CoArt Acoustics, a complete acoustical art system that combines an effective acoustic solution with custom and ready-made art collections at The Mart in Chicago on June 11-13th. NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation- showcasing ideas and products that shape the built environment today and into the future. 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.

CoArt offers interiors seven different acoustical configurations from being mounted against a wall, hung from the ceiling, to a moveable freestanding option. The sleek, high-end frame and innovative suspension technology can also be used to divide a space, create privacy or be used as a design element. The system received a 0.8 NRC acoustic rating and Class A fire rating. 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 of their space. CoArt will also be launching its latest ready-made Art Collections curated with an array of tones, hues, and color ways. With the option of custom branded art, the final product provides the exact look, feel, and functionality for any space.

“After nearly two decades of working with architects, designers, and end users, we began to see a need for functional, branded acoustical art to correct and prevent architectural sound problems. We created CoArt as a multifunctional system that enables a collaborative and turnkey experience for our clients. By implementing this process we create an adaptive, high-quality product with meaningful art that tells a story.” explains Principal, Reto Eberle. “We see NeoCon as the ultimate platform for launching a product like CoArt, giving us the opportunity to get our product directly in front of the design community.”

dTank’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques. Interior designers, architects, and end users alike seeking to treat inconvenient acoustic reverberations can visit us on the 7th floor at booth #2004 or call us at (818) 252-3888. We are also available via email at info@coartbydtank.com. For more information on dTank’s custom services as well as CoArt acoustical products, visit our website here.

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ABOUT COART ACOUSTICS

Driven by art, functionality, and interior design, CoArt combines acoustics with art, to make acoustics beautiful and art functional. No project small or large deters the creative and innovative ambition of CoArt, providing acoustical solutions across various industries, with an understanding of each environment and their acoustic requirements. CoArt provides full turnkey, concept to installation, service to every client.

ABOUT DTANK

For over 20 years, dTank has been a leader in furniture customization. dTank specializes in working with architects and designers to create custom furniture solutions for corporate, healthcare, educational and commercial spaces. We continue to revolutionize the industry by creating sophisticated environments that incorporate the latest ergonomic features and technology solutions. With over two decades of collaboration we have developed a diverse set of clients, from budding creative firms to Fortune 500 companies.

PRESS CONTACT

EVELYN PIRALI, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

evelyn.pirali@dtank.com

(818) 252-3888

Booth 7-2004

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Contract Magazine AbilityLab

Congratulations to Clive Wilkinson Architects for being featured in Contract Magazine alongside client Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Here is a look into this month’s issue of Contract to see our custom designed furniture pieces for the nationally awarded healthcare facility. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has been featured in Interior Design Magazine and been awarded the 2017 Chicago Innovation Award for Healthcare, Gold in Modern Healthcare Design Awards, US News Best Hospitals, and many more recognitions.

dTank’s scope for the project spans from custom light structures to think pods the patients will be interacting with day to day. Overall the project has more than 20 pieces of custom designed furniture and interactive medical equipment supplied by our furniture design firm. Every piece incorporates variety in design elements to defy healthcare environment norms and redefine the specifications of healing furniture. See a complete case study of our pieces including fabrication, form, and function here.

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Read the entire issue here.

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Press Release: Innovative, Multifunctional Acoustic System Serving Various Industries

PRESS CONTACT

Evelyn Pirali, Director of Marketing

evelyn.pirali@dtank.com

(818) 252-3888

INNOVATIVE, MULTIFUNCTIONAL ACOUSTIC SYSTEM SERVING VARIOUS INDUSTRIES

CoArt Acoustics pushes the boundaries of technical design and fabrication by providing a branded acoustic art system for commercial, corporate, and healthcare interiors.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA. AUGUST 7, 2017.

CoArt by dTank has released a complete acoustical art system that combines an effective acoustic solution with custom and ready-made art. The system offers a variety of configurations including suspended or floating within a space, mounted against the wall, and free standing divider panels while receiving a 0.65 NRC acoustic rating and a Class A fire rating. Some key features include double-sided and interchangeable art fabric, dry-cleanable fabric up to 100 feet long, and turnkey installation.

CoArt offers interiors endless configurations for a custom ft with sleek, high-end frame and suspension technology that serves a variety of purposes. 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 of their space. With endless options of ready-made art and photography the final product provides the exact look, feel, and functionality for any space.

“At CoArt, we have created a multifunctional system that enables a collaborative yet turnkey experience for our clients. We bring an influential combination of creativity, experience and know-how t o each project,” explains CEO, Reto Eberle. “By implementing this process we create an adaptive, high-quality product with meaningful art that tells a story.”

CoArt’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques. Interior designers, architects, and end users alike seeking to treat inconvenient acoustic reverberations can call (818) 252-3888 or email info@coartbydtank.com.

ABOUT COART BY DTANK

Driven by art, functionality, and interior design, CoArt combines acoustics with art, to make acoustics beautiful and art functional. No project small or large deters the creative and innovative ambition of CoArt, providing acoustical solutions across various industries, with an understanding of each environment and their acoustic requirements. CoArt provides full turnkey, concept to installation, service to every client.

ABOUT DTANK INC.

dTank Inc. was founded in 1998 by Reto Eberle, a Swiss-born entrepreneur with a background in furniture design and engineering. While observing a void in custom furniture design with commercial spaces, dTank was born, providing the A&D community with the resources to designers and fabricators from concept to installation. dTank continues to evolve with growing trends and continually aims to push the boundaries of custom furniture design and manufacturing.

CoArt by dTank | 3500 W Burbank Blvd #101, Burbank, CA | T:818-252-3888 | www.coartbydtank.com

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AbilityLab / Interior Design Magazine

The Rehabilitation Center of Chicago’s CEO and president, Joanne Smith brought on Clive Wilkinson ArchitectsHDR, and Gensler for a brilliant collaboration and rebranding of the center into the new and improved Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The new lab brings researchers, doctors, nurses, and patients into one place that builds off of progress through collaboration. By bringing each sector together with no offices, barriers, or hierarchies, the physicians and therapists are connected with the recovery process. We are so excited to have worked on this breakthrough in healthcare design.


Client: Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Chicago, IL

Scope: Custom Screens, Carts, Workstations, Pod.

Materials: Steel, Perforated Steel, Felt, Dry Erase Powder Coating, Vinyl

Design Firm: Clive Wilkinson Architects

Photography: Michael Moran/Otto

Project completed in 2017

CUSTOM SCREENS

The Arms & Hands AbilityLab’s custom privacy screen is perforated, powder-coated steel.

THINK & SPEAK’S CUSTOM THERAPY POD

Think & Speak’s vinyl-upholstered custom therapy pod with sliding screen doors. Tables and privacy screens to the right.

INSIDE THE CUSTOM THERAPY POD

A sneak peak into the clean interior of our vinyl-upholstered therapy pod. Our engineers wanted to create an open environment when necessary and the option of privacy if needed.

ROLLING CABINETS & DESKS + PRIVACY WORKSTATIONS

Custom perforated steel rolling desks and steel cabinets with powder coating in the Legs & Walking AbilityLab.

Read the full article on Interior Design Magazine here!

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Office Lovin’ Q & A

dTank founder, Reto Eberle sits down with Michal Ptacek, founder of Officelovin’ to discuss emerging workplace trends as well as developments in the industry overall. Officelovin’ was the first to exclusively feature offices of many famous companies such as Spotify, Shopify, Zendesk, Yelp, Polyvore and is considered as the premium resource for office design inspiration.

HELLO RETO, COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY TO OUR READERS? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO?

Hello! As you said, my name is Reto Eberle and I’m the founder and owner of dTank. dTank is a custom furniture company that creates custom furniture from conceptual design to installation. We collaborate with interior designers and architects to create unique and innovative furniture. We begin by taking the clients and designers vision and using our talents as furniture designers, engineers and manufacturers to turn it into reality. We focus on pushing the boundaries of design and fabrication.

DTANK WAS FOUNDED IN 1998, HOW HAS THE TYPICAL OFFICE EVOLVED SINCE THEN?

In 1998 we experienced the dot-com boom where technology companies, particularly in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area were breaking out of the common cubicle designs and wanting more open, collaborative, fun spaces that got their creative juices flowing. The furniture designs were experimental and we were creating furniture out of unusual materials such as parachute fabric, street signs, light posts, and more! Around 2001, during the collapse of the dot-com era, we got more involved with advertising agencies. The advertising industry really set the tone for branding interiors. They emphasized creating an office environment that showed their client’s how they can apply their talents and creativity to their space. As the years have gone by, company’s, particularly workspaces, have adopted an open space environment. Privacy isn’t as important anymore. Private offices and privacy panels went away and people were more comfortable sitting closer to each other. Today, we see trends of benching with long tables and collaborative spaces like communal tables. If it’s one thing we learned from being around for almost two decades is that history repeats itself and a lot of designs are revived with a more modern twist. Because we work directly with the designers and the clients, we get a clear idea of how the company and the staff work so we’re able to come up with designs that set future trends.

YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM SWITZERLAND, A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN EUROPE. WHAT HAS BROUGHT YOU TO THE UNITED STATES IN 90’S?

Switzerland is a beautiful country with a great healthcare system where you can create a lovely life for yourself however, I was driven by entrepreneurship and at the time Switzerland was not the right place for that. Today with places like Berlin, London and Paris, you have greater opportunities in Europe but it was not the case in 80s. I actually grew up in the furniture industry with my family so I was always passionate about furniture so I chose to come to America in the 90s and explore my options. Living in America I’ve learned that if you work hard and are passionate about your career goals, the opportunities open up for you.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE CURRENT OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS?

We create furniture for all types of environments and industries so it varies. In the office space industry we see a lot of long benches and sit-stand tables. When I started in the 90’s, ergonomic office chairs were a big deal and now it’s the desks. The sit-stand desks are getting more and more affordable so we see them often. That said, we always caution people that having sit-stand systems are just one way to help prevent injuries but they do not make a great difference alone. Companies that spend the time to teach their employees how to use their ergonomic furniture, encourage breaks, use alternative working options like a motion chair rather than a static chair. Another trend we see often are collaborative spaces like huddle rooms and open seating spaces.

Publicis Groupe / design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

MANY TECH COMPANIES INVEST ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY INTO THEIR OFFICE ENVIRONMENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE REASON FOR THAT AND CAN WE SAY THAT HAVING A COOL LOOKING OFFICE HELPS YOU TO ATTRACT THE BEST TALENT?

Nowadays, there is a lot of money spent on the design and functionality of an office because of the benefits that come with that. Outside of providing your employees with a cool looking office, you need to make it functional and inspiring. A lot of design firms will spend a lot of time studying how people interact with an office space from how they work on the computer, file paperwork, use the printer, and even eat their lunch. They create a space that helps the majority of it’s employees get the best experience. And by this, it naturally attracts talent and also retains talents by indirectly telling them, they matter.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON MISTAKES COMPANIES LOOKING FOR A NEW OFFICE DESIGN DO?

A common mistake I see are companies spending a majority of their budget on lounge spaces or lobbies because they are typically the spaces that directly face their customers or clients. I believe there should be a focus on where employees spend most of their time. Generally, companies feel like employee spaces are where they can save money. If you consider the fact that employees spend 40+ hours a week at their desks, spending time and design efforts of these areas may impact the longevity and health of employees which in turn will save a lot of money.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles / Design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

LET’S SAY I HAVE A TECH COMPANY AND I WANT TO HAVE MY OFFICE SPACE TO BE DESIGNED BY YOUR COMPANY. HOW DOES THE DESIGN PROCESS LOOK LIKE THESE DAYS?

Our primary concern is the furniture and we rely on our A&D partners to design. We collaborate with them so the furniture and space are designed as one. Generally the interior designers and architects bring us into projects as a part of their team, just like they would bring in a technical consultant. We work with them to see what piece of furniture would work best as custom. We work hand-in-hand with them to create conceptual designs until it is exactly what they want and then move into manufacturing all the way into installation. dTank is actually short for design tank and our mission is always to create an environment and follow a process that is very collaborative. We work closely with experts whether it be designers, engineers, fabricators, manufacturers, to create furniture and a space that is functional, creative and of course looks great!

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF WORKSPACES?

As I said earlier, history repeats itself, so I would not be surprised to see trends from the past coming back again. That said, in more recent times, workspaces have gotten more minimal with concrete floors and open ceilings where the cons of limited privacy and poor acoustics will be addressed. Adding private spaces and acoustical panels while keeping the open space feel will become more and more relevant. It’s also important to look ahead into the future of what new jobs are going to be created. We always take some to research and learn how they will work and how it may affect our industry.

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE A MOMENT IN THE FUTURE, WHERE OFFICES WILL BE GONE AND PEOPLE WILL WORK AND COMMUNICATE PRIMARILY FROM THEIR HOME OFFICES?

Home offices and overall off-site working is not a new thing and although it’s become more and more relevant and established, it does not work for everybody. There is a large group of companies and employers within those companies that need to be apart of a corporate culture and collaborative environment. We definitely see the convenience of working from home and it can benefit certain employees a lot, for example, cutting down their commute time or allowing them to set their own hours. The cons of home offices, however, are that many times the setting of the office is not appropriately addressed. If an employee is sitting at their kitchen table for 8+ hours a day, they will notice the negative affects it has on their body and work in no time. It’s important to make sure your furniture is ergonomic, your space is designated only for work, and that it allows for proper functionality and productivity.

Legendary Entertainment / Design by Felderman Keatinge + Associates / Photograph courtesy of Eric Laignel

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CO-WORKING SPACES? IT SEEMS LIKE WORKING IN CO-WORKING ENVIRONMENT IS BECOMING A PREFERABLE CHOICE FOR MANY CREATIVES AND PROFESSIONALS, BUT ALSO FOR SOME COMPANIES THAT SET UP OFFICES IN CO-WORKING SPACES, AND LET THEIR EMPLOYEES WORK FROM THERE

Before “co-working,” businesses had the option of renting out office suites, so it’s not necessarily a new trend. I definitely believe there is a need for it. There are businesses, especially start ups that simply cannot afford leasing their own space. At a certain point, those businesses may transition to their own space but some, particularly smaller business may be content with co-working for the long haul. Some people, however, don’t work well around a lot of noise or being surrounded by other people, so co-working may not be the best option for them. The great part about co-working is that provides an option for those that may need it. Providing options is what dTank is based off of. We are able to provide our client’s options that are best fit for them because we create furniture rather than sell already made furniture.

DO YOU THINK IT IS ONLY A CURRENT TREND OR IS IT THE FUTURE FOR MANY COMPANIES? FOR EXAMPLE TO KEEP THE COSTS DOWN, AS YOU JUST SAID?

For smaller companies, co-working is the best fit in regards to saving money. Generally, they don’t have the capital to lease a space and pay for all the things that come with it. I personally don’t believe co-working is a trend that will go away. There may be more now than there was before but it will never go away. Like all workspace solutions, it may evolve with the times but the problem it is currently solving will always exist.

Art: “Nature”, CoArt Acoustical Floating Panels

YOU WILL BE LAUNCHING A NEW PRODUCT THAT SHOULD HELP COMPANIES WITH THE OFFICE ACOUSTICS. COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE IT TO OUR READERS? WHAT DOES THIS PRODUCT DO?

Acoustics is something that has generally always been addressed but in current times, because of the open office space, it’s needed more than before. The best way to describe is there are times that you go to a restaurant and regardless of the amount of people around and the noise level, sometimes you are truly bothered by the sound and other times it’s just background noise. When the noise bothers you, it is because the space has not appropriately addressed their acoustical issues. The noise made within the space travels and bounces against hard surfaces and redirects the sound cause noise reverberations and echoes.

We’ve created a product that not only solves this issue using acoustical core material by trapping and absorbing the sound rather than redirecting it, but have made with a few properties that make unique to the market.

We understand that spaces, particularly commercial, want to be visually appealing. So instead of just wrapping our acoustical panels with a colored or patterned fabric, we print art on an acoustically transparent fabric, hence the products name of Acoustical Art. We provide clients a gallery of hundreds of art options, from photography collage art to gradient art. We can also create custom art for our clients who want to brand their space or tell the story of their company or use art that our clients provide.

The other unique capability of our system is the frame. We use a very innovative aluminum frame system that allows our clients to display the art in a variety of configurations. You can hang it against the wall, suspend it from the ceiling horizontally or vertically, float it in a space, or make it freestanding. We provide all these configurations so that our architect and designer clients have flexibility when it comes to fitting this product seamlessly within their space.

Acoustical Art is all about creating “art with a function.” Solving acoustical issues while displaying beautiful art. It addresses all the desirable and advantageous elements from art and acoustics to flexibility, adaptability, personalization and individualism.

YOUR COMPANY ALSO MAKES AND SELLS A CUSTOM FURNITURE. WHAT KIND OF FURNITURE CAN YOU EXACTLY MAKE? AND WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL CUSTOMER?

The custom furniture we make is mostly for commercial applications within workspace, healthcare, hospitality and education industries. We can furnish the entire area starting from reception areas to conference rooms, into private offices, to kitchens. When working with commercial design studios, the industries and the furniture requests can be simple to complex. In workspaces, we’ve made workstations, reception desks, huddle spaces; in healthcare spaces, we’ve made nursing stations, casework, physicians tables; in hospitality, we’ve made display shelves, wine storages, dining tables; in education, we’ve made auditorium seating, computer desks, lounge seating. We can design and build any piece that can realistically be engineered and fabricated. Our focus is on making commercial grade furniture so that it can hold up and be long lasting within the space. Each piece is custom for each client and is never repeated.

Gerson Lehrman Group / design by Clive Wilkinson Architects

THE BEST OFFICE SPACE YOU HAVE EVER SEEN?

That’s a hard question! Each client and company is so different from the other especially when it comes to showcasing their personality within their design. Generally the best spaces I have seen, have a visually appealing design with branding, are functional, have good acoustics, and the furniture blends well within the space. I have seen a great deal of spaces that fit in this description, so fortunately there isn’t just one!

Thank you for your time Reto.

Thank you Michal.

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Publicis Groupe

Publicis Groupe brought on Clive Wilkinson Architects to design their new North America headquarters in New York City. The new 190,000 SF space spans eight contiguous floors and is home to 1200 employees. Clive Wilkinson Architects imagined this organic working community as a tree extending through all the floors providing visual continuity and a transformative architectural language for the creative agency. dTank joined the team to provide our services and expertise in creating office furniture that brings people together.

We are excited to be featured in Interior Design Magazine for this project! Read the feature article here.

Client: Publicis Groupe

Industry: Advertising and Public Relations

Location: New York, NY

Scope: Organic Shaped Work Benches and Tables, Banquette Seating and Tables, Acoustical Room Enclosures

Materials: Oak Laminate with Hardwood Edge, Powder-Coated Steel, Acoustical Felt Material

Design Firm: Clive Wilkinson Architects

Project completed in 2016

Work Benches and Tables

In keeping with the tree concept, we created several organically shaped work benches and tables that curve following the natural shape of the interior. The tables were made with oak laminate and hardwood edges while the legs were made with powder-coated steel. Along the center of each collaborative work table is a groove that holds the wire manager, keeping it hidden yet easily accessible.

Banquette Seating and Tables

The dual-sided banquette was created providing two seating options. On one side, a tall bar table and the other, booth seating with individual tables.

Acoustical Room Enclosures

Using raw acoustical material, we created cloud-like enclosures providing limited privacy meeting space for the staff. The acoustical felt material showcased a very natural raw look and assisted in limited sound problems that could occur with an open space.

Find the entire Image Portfolio here!

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Featured: Contract Magazine

A big congratulations to Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge of Felderman Keatinge & Associates for being awarded the Contract magazine’s 2016 Legend Award!

We are excited to celebrate our longtime design partners, Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge with Contract Magazine in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue! The firm has won numerous awards throughout its career and we are honored to have been apart of several of their projects starting with Universal Music Group in 1998!

Many of our projects are featured within the article which include:

Pillsbury Winthrop

Universal Music Group

Drago Centro

Kottler & Kottler

Legendary Entertainment

iCrete

Core Media Group

Read the entire article below:

Contract: “Legends Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge” PDF

Watch Stanley & Nancy discuss their notable achievements

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Innocean Worldwide Featured in Interior Design …

In the May Issue, Interior Design magazine featured our Reception Station we built for Innocean Worldwide in Huntington Beach designed by Shubin + Donaldson Architects. The reception desk features a hot-rolled steel body with clear powder coating and a 3Form Chroma transaction top with miter cut corners. The challenge was to create an ultra-clean steel desk with invisible connections and weld joints.

>> View full project here


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iCrete Featured in Interior Design Magazine

The June 2011 issue of Interior Design magazine features furniture and wood work we created for the iCrete offices in Los Angeles. The interiors, designed by Felderman Keatinge & Associates, included workstations that appear to float above the floor. Materials included Fin-Ply wood, Zebrano veneer and enameled steel.

>> View full project here