For r.o.i. Design, furniture is integral to the design. Quite often we have the opportunity to work with our customers in selecting and designing the furniture and furnishings in their space. This is important to us because it elevates the design to a very personal level, where people are touching, sitting, and experiencing the design in visceral ways.
When we have spent the effort to help a professional service client create a welcoming, branded feel in their interior, sometimes it requires a non-typical office furniture solution.
When we have worked diligently to create a restaurant, lobby, or corporate space that wants to look like a hip restaurant, the furniture may not be able to be compiled from standard options. Thus, we have provided specialty services around furnishings for our customers.
Often, we have been engaged to work with one of many of our local office furniture providers to advocate for our customer, consulting on furniture styles and finishes.
We design custom furniture and work with our customers to find the best resource to create those pieces.
Recently we have been working with fabricators experienced with integrating technology into furniture, creating medical and professional desks.
We have created many custom conference table designs, exploring finishes and details to create an ideal meeting and conference environments.
There is also the need for furnishings that look residential but need to be contract-grade. Providing contract quality guarantees for wear and maintenance.
We have also designed procurement programs for developers, working directly with manufacturers to be able to design, select, purchase, and deliver common area furnishings for multi-family facilities.
Furniture has a functional and aesthetic responsibility in
commercial interiors and planning for appropriate furnishings take intention
It’s no secret that most people do not look forward to going to the dentist – an important thing to keep in mind when designing dental offices. A pleasant, warm and soothing environment is key when selecting interior finishes for lobbies and patient areas. “The goal is to make the patient feel comfortable and welcome”, says r.o.i. Design’s Stacey Udell.
With more and more dentists retiring and new graduates taking over practices, r.o.i. has been busy working with local docs to update and refresh their spaces. Functional work areas allowing for ease of patient flow are top on the list, along with coffee bars and cozy and low-maintenance furnishings in lobbies. Creative and fun areas where kids feel safe are also a high priority. To help reduce sounds, some offices have “clouds” of acoustical panels, lighting or architectural elements that are hung from high ceilings to alleviate unwanted noise and are also visually appealing.
r.o.i. Design collaborates with dental equipment and supply companies to give dentists a wide range of options. We also offer lobby furniture, décor and wall art to “dress up” the space, and window covering options (along with installation) with practical solutions for dealing with sunlight while allowing for patient comfort.
Whether it’s remodeling an existing practice or a new build, our methods and problem-solving skills produce outcomes that are based on budget, brand, and beauty.
The last layer of interior design includes wall art and r.o.i. Design has learned planning for meaningful wall décor has incredible influence on how the space impacts employees, customers, and guests.
It is an opportunity to support a company’s brand, communicate values and goals, as well as add aesthetic interest.
For Wolverine Power Cooperative in Cadillac, Michigan we worked with them to create an assemblage of their customer logos using a cable system to suspend the logos. This brought a sense of pride to staff and board members as they passed by. In the same project, we created a custom wood “service map”, that outlined where they provided power; but the map was interesting as “art” in addition to telling a story. They also asked us to help them create a “word wall” using words that describe how they want to be perceived. We created a graphic and then had it printed on vinyl wallcovering.
For multi-family developer Eagle Point Properties, they like the common areas of their projects to have photos and imagery that represents the location of the residences. For downtown Grand Rapids we found historic photos of landmarks and purchased the rights to print those photos. For their project in Virginia, close to Washington D.C., we featured the architecture and landscapes that describe this region, rich in American history.
Hutchinson North America built 616 FAB House in Grand Rapids in 2016. This space serves as a gathering and meeting space but is surrounded by displays and imagery that demonstrates their tradition of innovation. Working with them and their Paris, France associates, we selected historic images and arranged them throughout the space similar to a museum exhibit. In the same space, were close up details of machinery and operations of the past alongside robotic demonstrations of current technology.
Wall art and décor can be personal, and any effort we made to create custom wall art programs have resulted in positive “returns”.
Do you ever wonder how those cool loft-type condos suddenly seem to emerge as if they had always been there? The answer is they are the result of years of planning, a developer’s vision and commitment, a great piece of historic real estate, and a team that knows how to put it all together.
r.o.i. Design is lucky enough to be on one of these teams, and we are so excited to be part of making RiverView Flats in historic Lowell, Michigan a dream come true for 14 home owners.
Todd Schaal and Jerry Zandstra have come together as developers to create this opportunity. They want to create homes in the former “car barn” of Unity Middle School along the picturesque Flat River. This building is complete with vintage masonry, tall ceilings, and spectacular views.
r.o.i. Design takes on the roles of interior design and marketing, as we work to set the stage for some creative living.
For more about RiverView Flats, we have attached some of the marketing materials we have created that describes the look, the feel, the layouts, and finish options. Download them here:
“Your Home for Compassionate Service and Exceptional Care” is the phrase used by the team at West Michigan Dermatology to describe their practice. It is with that in mind that First Companies set out to fulfill their needs for two new locations. Craig Baker from First Companies reached out to r.o.i. Design for interiors and to r2Design for architecture to create the designs for their new Holland and Grandville locations.
The new Holland location was just a move “across the street”, but the new space feels much refreshed. The desire for a residential “cottage feel” resulted in an interior that includes painted millwork, decorative light fixtures, as well as a feature stone veneer wall. Furnishings also reflected a feeling of hospitality. All clinic and exam areas were designed for comfort and medical excellence.
The layout gave West Michigan Dermatology the convenience of exam rooms with two doors. One allows patients to enter from the lobby side, and the other for staff to enter from the clinical side. With a variety of procedures from skin care to surgery, this layout fosters privacy and a professional separation for the maximum comfort of patients.
While r.o.i. Design was fond of many aspects of the interior, the color scheme of black, white, grey, and blue was one of the most satisfying elements.
Kudos to First Companies project manager, Jason Beekes, and to architect, Jon Blair, for their expertise and focus. We wish West Michigan Dermatology in Holland great success in their new home.
Gone are the days of one ruling color. Forecasters and color experts alike are suggesting we are going to see a range of colors rising to popularity this year.
r.o.i. Design sees the significance to this year’s forecast to be a further departure from grays and moving more towards browns. And while commercial interiors lag the residential interior trends, they always do follow. We have already seen a broad acceptance by our office clients of warmer grays that could be taupe, and much more willing to see shades of brown as accents. We also resonate with the projected trend of more complex blues for interiors.
But what do the experts say?
Pantone has been a ranking authority, but r.o.i. Design also pays attention to our favorite paint companies opinions, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.
While Pantone has announced Living Coral as their “Color of the Year”, they are also suggesting two general palettes that are going to be widely used. One is called the Cravings Pallete and the other the Classico collection.
From Coastal Living’s article, “Trend Alert! These Will Be the Hottest Colors for Homes in 2019”:
The “Cravings” palette, according to Pantone, includes allusions to “fetish foods”—from rich Butterum and Cappuccino to spicy Chili Pepper and Cayenne. The hues will “draw upon memorable sensory experiences to inspire new ones that will be just as pleasing.”
Pantone Classico Palette
There’s also a Classico collection of 8 hues that includes Rich Gold, Mallard Blue, and Apricot Brandy. According to Pantone, “the colors are “fundamental, basic, and everlasting, while at the same time, elegant and forever fashionable.” With hues that pay a subtle homage to sunsets, sand, and sea, that’s certainly true on the coast.
For your personal research, here are a few articles to get you started: