Making Connections

Ah, the furniture and store fixtures issue. What I love about this emphasis in general is that it is about connections.

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Automating for the Better

Automated finishing technology offers consistency, transfer efficiency and increased production – with the added benefit of a cleaner finishing environment. It is a significant investment. For Four Woods Laminating, an Amish-owned family business, the move to automation was a carefully planned process with far-reaching benefits. “Our number one priority is to take care of our customers.

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Bringing Style to the Table

Although Nucraft has been in the contract furniture business for 70 years, its entry into conferencing products in the mid-1980s was a defining moment for the company. That specialization drove material and processing innovations that are a departure from standard casegoods on many levels. One is scale. Designing for large expanses requires an understanding of materials that goes beyond four-by-eight panels and box construction. 

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Color Me Durable

“People draw on anything,” says Christie Kratzer, interior designer and principal for Cincinnati- based Reztark Design Studio. Anyone who has ever handed a child a crayon knows this to be true.

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Building an Environment for Healing

It is somewhat tongue in cheek when Landon Lawson, Project Director for Vanguard Health Systems quips that "Vanguard is the Vanguard of outcome-based quality healthcare," but the company is certainly part of what is driving the big philosophical changes in healthcare design.

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Crystal Bridges Museum Store Ceiling Soars

The opportunity to participate in the building of a unique, high-profile, world-class art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas was thrilling – but presented enormous challenges. The Crystal Bridges Museum store is as stunning as it is unique, and a tribute to quality materials, superb workmanship and outstanding team effort.

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Healthcare Design Trends

Historically, hospitals in the United States were not cheery places. According to the National Association of Public Hospitals, most Americans in the early nineteenth century gave birth, endured illness and even underwent surgery at home.

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Designed for Quality Care

Healthcare design requires a special blend of aesthetics, performance and empathy. The architects and designers at IKM Incorporated, located in Pittsburgh, PA use these concepts to develop customized healthcare spaces. Pittsburgh has the oldest demographic in the United States outside of Dade County Florida, and with it a correspondingly robust healthcare/ senior care system.

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