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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 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

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.

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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Brooktree Capital Management Moves Their Corporate Office

Brooktree Capital Management Moves Their Corporate Office

Brooktree Capital Management seeks to compound client capital and outperform the market averages over long periods of time. We do so by investing in high quality publicly traded businesses via a concentrated portfolio”  

We met Brian Ellis and Hunter Lewis through their architect and longtime collaborator, Dixon Architecture, who asked us to support their new office project with interior design services. 

Brooktree had been renting a space in downtown Grand Rapids for many years and thought it time to own property based on their own wealth management strategy, as well as creating a space that was more aesthetically consistent with their values. That brought them to Camelot Drive off East Paris in Grand Rapids. And through a competitive process, they decided to build with BCI Construction. 

Designing through COVID was tough, everything took longer, and the times between meetings were extended. But our friends at Brooktree Capital Management were patient and consistent. 

r.o.i. Design celebrates the interior design overall but especially enjoys a few features: 

  • The overall lighting plan was architectural, lineal, and used more drywall ceilings than we typically see. 

  • In addition to drywall ceilings, the space included wood baffles and exposed ceilings. 

  • From the onset of design, Brooktree wanted wood veneer details, which resulted in the placement of veneer in the conference room, closed offices, and the open office.  We used Sanfoot wood veneer wallcoverings and thank H.L. Bolkema for the expert and experienced installation, The ash veneer looks great. A great design depends on its installation. 

  • The cloud detail in the café in contrast to the open ceiling looks great! 

  • The use of the exterior stone in the vestibule ties the exterior to the interior and we continued the colors of the masonry brick to the interior paint pallet. 

Greenland Advanced Oral Care Brings Their Specialty Dental Services to West Michigan

Greenland Advanced Oral Care Brings Their Specialty Dental Services to West Michigan

Dr. R. Graham Greenland, a Prosthodontist, is passionate about caring for his patients. He brings to West Michigan training and a caring disposition to help patients that need advanced dental care, based on a variety of health issues that may include rebuilding the dental structure. 

r.o.i. Design met Dr. Greenland and Practice Manager Laura Greenland through our relationship with First Companies. Greenland Advanced Oral Care is renting a suite at 1179 East Paris SE and it needed some “TLC” to bring the space up to today’s standards for functional finishes and to represent their brand. 

Sensitive to the fact that this is a “startup business”, we made recommendations that could be staged over time. The first phase of changes included flooring, painting, countertops, and upgraded lighting.  

This project resonates with our company’s vision that we are committed to designing to build our customers’ business and create a lasting experience. 

We anticipate knowing the Greenlands for a long time and look forward to watching the practice soar. 

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© All Photos Courtesy of First Companies, Inc.