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Faux vs Real: How to Bring More of the Outside In

Faux vs Real: How to Bring More of the Outside In

Plantscapes, Biolific Design, and Green Walls

These are all terms that have become part of the vernacular.  They refer to the same idea of bringing more of the outdoors inside our businesses. The term Biophilia literally translated means “love of life”. The concept has fueled an industry focusing on connecting the inside to the outside. Natural elements such as plants, water, daylight, natural shapes and forms, and other natural materials all serve to make that connection. Studies have shown that this connection can result in increased well-being, improved cognitive function and focus, and increased use of the space.

If you’re looking to add some natural elements to your space, we can help!

Real or faux plants provide a wonderful connection to the natural world. If you’re a purist and want to keep it real, low maintenance varieties like Sansevieria (Snake Plant), ZZ Plant, Pothos, or Spider plants, in containers that reflect the rest of the décor are the way to go.

Don’t have a green thumb? Consider faux.

The quality of faux plants has improved dramatically. Offering more versatility, they can be used in creative ways. Another way to increase connection to the outside is through artwork. Pictures of nature and natural elements can also foster a connection to the outdoors.

Just let us know how we can help!

The Derm Institute of West Michigan

The Derm Institute of West Michigan

Dr. Kristi Hawley and business partner/husband Garrett Adams dream big. They put their sights on developing a compelling practice in Caledonia, Michigan that would offer general dermatology, outpatient skin surgery, psoriasis treatment, and cosmetic skincare. Dr. Hawley has an established reputation in psoriasis treatment and speaks to groups nationally. 

r.o.i. Design was introduced to The Derm Institute of West Michigan through First Companies, and we were pleased to be awarded the interior design of the new facility. Working with architect Jon Blair of R2Design Group and the team at First Companies, the office opened its doors in April of 2021. For the year prior, Dr. Hawley had rented space nearby and developed a growing clientele. She had outgrown that space by the time of the move. 

The inspiration for the interiors came from their logo’s overlapping circles, suggesting the variety of care the practice offers but also the pattern itself. The radius theme was applied to the check-in/check-out desk, suggesting a gentle approach with multiple points of engagement. The pattern of the circles was also developed into laser-cut screens that were used as dividers in the lobby and backlit ceiling panels in the corridor. A wallpaper that had the same pattern was used at the front desk. The color palette is simple, crisp but warm. Most of the flooring throughout is a warm luxury vinyl tile. Other areas are carpeted in organic patterns to add to the spa-like feel. 

We also procured furnishings for the non-medical spaces, creating a hospitality feel in the patient waiting areas.  

We were thrilled to get a text from Dr. Hawley on move-in day, “I just want you to know I walked into the office today and it is perfect! Thank you for being my voice and my vision.” 

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© All Photos Courtesy of First Companies, Inc.

The Benefits of Solar Shades

The Benefits of Solar Shades

Consider Solar Shades for your workplace.

Everyone loves natural light, except when it’s reflecting off their computer screen. Unlike louvered blinds, solar shades don’t cast a pattern on the screen and still allow for a filtered view. They optimize natural light while controlling heat and glare.

r.o.i. Design is a distributor of SWF Contract Solar Shading Systems. Solar shades are roller shades that provide a clean design aesthetic along with the ability to manage sunlight and heat. SWF offers a range of materials to suit any commercial environment. SWF products meet or surpass LEED air quality and emission specifications.

In addition to this quality product, we provide the following services:

  • Free Estimates, Consultations, and Product Selections
  • Site Measuring and Product Engineering
  • Installation

We can make it simple for you by taking the project from consultation to installation. Call us for more information:

(616) 459-3539

Or email: rondageyer@roidesign.com

Introducing Rayanne Broadway, Our Studio Administrator

Introducing Rayanne Broadway, Our Studio Administrator

Rayanne joined the r.o.i. Design team in October of 2021 and has been making us look good ever since! Her typical day includes a variety of activities as she supports all aspects of our business.

She supports interior designers with materials requests and colorboards. She maintains job binders and helps us organize our design filing.

Rayanne hosts our weekly meetings and documents progress.

She is very involved in our procurement process, supporting Ronda Geyer, our Procurement Manager, by writing POs, managing job costs, receiving and delivering products.

Working with Julie Kleinjans, Finance, Rayanne closes out jobs, enters payables, receivables, and makes sure all our vendors and suppliers get paid.

We love that she keeps the snack drawer full, and there is always coffee and water for all of us.

She comes to us with experience in customer service and hospitality.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the College of Business at Ferris State University.

Originally from Coldwater, Michigan, Rayanne now lives in Grand Rapids with her fiancé, Clayton, and their happy dog, Ronnie. She enjoys her plants, her family, and walking through nature.

Welcome, Rayanne!

Darley Village Revisited

Darley Village Revisited

Last June (2021), we introduced you to our project at Darley Village. We recently went back to take some updated photos after the rest of the furniture, decor, and accessories had been installed. 

In addition to selecting finishes for the floors and walls of this project, a large part of r.o.i. Design’s role was to provide the procurement of furniture, wall decor, and accessories for the building’s public areas. These new photos showcase the variety of furnishings that we provided.

Below is the rest of the article posted in June 2021:

Returning customer Denis Johnson, of Johnson Newhof  & Associates, reached out to r.o.i. Design for support with the final phase of design of their multifamily project, Darley Village, a full-service senior living community in Muskegon, adjacent to Chestnut Hills Retirement Community.  

Denis was looking for a fresh eye on finishes and assistance procuring common area furnishings.  

The call came in March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, so we carefully engaged to review finishes and furniture. We ended up with a neutral palette that is warm and respectful of being close to Lake Michigan. We spiced it up with flooring options that create more of a high-end hospitality look without the cost.

 

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