Stylish Solutions for Healing Environments



In the ever-changing world of healthcare, we recognize the need for cost-effective, efficient facilities that serve the patient needs, satisfy government regulations, and offer productive spaces for today’s healthcare professionals.
Manufacturers of healthcare furnishings are focused on creating products that are durable, sustainable, and affordable and yet full of style and comfort. Today we are highlighting three different spaces


WELCOME AREAS | Feel at home

Delgado by National

This seating collection offers components that are stunning so that together they embody spectacular design. Delgado’s plush comfort and unconventional beauty accentuate its design, while the bent plywood back offers angular appeal.

Solution highlight: Its clean lines and crisp details are enveloped by rich wood or tailored upholstery to create a versatile seating collection.


QUIET SPACES| Function and Sophistication

Zola Privacy

Zola Privacy provides a unique level of comfort for higher-back modular seating: a supportive contour that’s been specifically designed to make extended sitting a pleasurable and healthy experience.

Solution highlight: Made to withstand the rigors of heavy use, including bariatric applications, with features such as removable and replaceable upholstery covers, so covers can be cleaned, repaired or replaced as required; modular construction allows damaged components to be easily replaced, and allows for complete cleaning and disinfecting of each unit. 

PATIENT CARE| Distinctive and Diverse

Meadow by Kimball Health

Meadow is a holistic family of recliners designed for human needs within the healing environment.

Solution highlight: Fit for all patient body types and sizes, Meadow offers comfort, smooth motion, and features that support spatial efficiency in a variety of applications


Kimball Redefines Healthcare Design

“Modularity, Flexibility and Adaptability are the future of all environments but especially healthcare.”

– Aneetha McLellan, Director of Kimball Health Sales, Design, and Innovation.

At this year Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida,  Kimball Healthcare unveiled their new healthcare design vision with new products as well as “new mindsets to support and challenge today’s healthcare spaces.”

Let’s take a look at the innovative new introductions:

Alterna – Supporting the Full Facility

Modular | Flexible | Adaptable |

Ideal for lounge and waiting spaces, registration, nurse stations, infusion bays, in-room solutions, cafes, administrative areas and more.

Wilder – Design, Simplistic Scale, Comfort and Durability

Wilder is a lounge and guest seating family that is small in scale with aesthetic detailing, while still having a very generous and comfortable seat.


Pairings Health – Changing the Way We Wait

Adaptable | Comfortable |Tailored Solutions

Ideal for privacy room, family alcoves, open café, as well as small group huddle space.

Behavioral Health Solutions

Designed with wellness in mind.

Healthcare Trends | Mood Board

A little inspiration for you

  1. Henry Domke Art
  2. Architex Draperies RX 8006 Beauty
  3. Architex Textiles Salt Spring Invigorate
  4. Kimball Healthcare Casegoods Sanctuary
  5. Kimball Healthcare Textiles Cassidy
  6. Alpine Patient Seating by Kimball Healthcare
  7. 7. Kimball Healthcare Textiles Natural World


Healthcare Trends | Products We Are Loving


1 Based on research showing “the presence of family members can improve patient communication, satisfaction, and outcomes,” the Palisade Collection offers a welcoming, stylish, multi-functional suite of furniture that includes seating, technology support, lighting, storage, sleeping, and work space. Palisade Flop Sofa is a seating area that converts to a sleep surface. It also features optional lighting and technology so guests can work comfortably. See more click here.

2 Jusky by Keilhauer is a versatile stool for healthcare venues. Featuring a cleverly designed, rotating tablet, Jusky is ideal for notetaking during doctor-patient meetings. The stool, which comes with and without a back, works for left- and right-handed physicians and healthcare professionals. See more click here.

3 Sophisticated LED and OLED lamps and lighting installations are able to create the illusion of daylight in dark interiors. These therapeutic lamps are clinically proven to relieve the fatigue and enhance the mood of those suffering from the effects of a lack of natural light. See more click here

4 Kimball Health, a new division of Kimball Office, is debuting three new collections, as well as a sleeper chair, a treatment chair and casegoods. Kimball Health has developed its healthcare line with flexibility in mind, so it can meet the needs of patients, their families, and healthcare workers. See more click here

5 New York City-based textile designer and manufacturer Sina Pearson has introduced an exuberant new collection called ‘Jubilee’. Cleanable, stain-resistant and supremely durable making them ideal for healthcare environments. See more click here.

Color Our World | Healthcare Hues

The right paint color can make a significant difference in any environment. Choosing the right one can be even a more difficult. When choosing colors for healthcare environments, Sherwin Williams has created a very dynamic palette to make it easier to select the right color for the appropriate space. The Luxe collection offers soft, muted tones with comfortable neutrals. Patients, family and staff crave spaces of comfort and tranquility.

Sherwin Williams Acute Care Collection


Humanizing Healthcare Facilities Enhances Outcomes With A Brutal Force

A study conducted by the University of Bologna’s Department of Psychology and recently published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology sought to evaluate the environmental perception of a Pediatric Unit in parents of admitted children, before and after a mural was painted on the wall. Designed to improve the quality of hospital humanization, the walls of the Unit, where pediatric patients were admitted, were decorated with a large pictorial, thanks to the Juxi Project and cartoonist, Sally Galotti.

Usually white and sterile, (before) the walls of the entrance to the Pediatric Unit at M. Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy were painted with murals portraying fairytales and cartoon characters in a natural landscape. (after)

Why does this matter?

In the 1970s and 1980s, priorities in healthcare design focused on technology. But the last 20 years has seen more welcoming and relaxing environments being developed. This shift in thinking has been the result of studies that revealed when special attention was given to the users’ needs, patients’ outcomes were positively influenced – from enhanced recovery to reduced hospital stays.

“Users” may include parents who play a critical role in helping children cope and stay calm, while they themselves are stressed from worrying about their children’s illness and hospital treatments.

So, can art really make a difference?


These findings confirmed that better environmental perception of parents is strongly related to the quality of humanization within the healthcare setting.

The charts below show how parents reacted to the smaller individual paintings as to compared the wall murals painted with naturalistic settings, cartoons and fun – but not too bold – colors. There were significant increases in positive reactions by parents including relaxed and pleasant feelings, as well as decreases in negativity, such as distress and gloominess.

With positive perceptions enhanced by as much as 15% and negativity reduced up to 10%, there is no denying that better humanizing of healthcare facilities is beneficial to all concerned. 

Especially the children!

Check out this article from The Columbian about an aquatic mural of sea creatures found at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Vancouver artist, Rebecca Anstine, has turned an otherwise drab and dingy stairwell into an adventure. These steps are used as a child’s challenge in the initial phase of rehabilitation. And now, the formerly scary concrete well offers colorful and curious motivation!

And this touching video from KGW out of Portland shows how art can come to life for the children.

“I’ll tell them, ‘Go find the penguin,'” said Trina Volk, an occupational therapist who supervises the rehab center.

The penguin is at the bottom of the flight of stairs.

For some kids, just saying “penguin” is a tough exercise. Now they can roam up and down the stairs, exercising muscles, touching the textured wall and naming marine animals.

Using art as a way to create a more humanized setting, gives healthcare facilities a canvas to tell their own story. How do you humanize your facility?


The Journal of Environmental Psychology publishes internationally contributed empirical studies and reviews of research that focus on the scientific study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings.

For the complete report filled with statistics and helpful findings, please click here.


NeoCon 2012 Video Highlights: Part Three

NeoCon12 boasts solutions for collaboration, comfort, flexibility and innovation. Below are more examples of these concepts brought to reality.


Martin Bergmann and Gernot Bohmann of EOOS “talk” about TALK, their award winning lounge seating collection designed for Keilhauer. The design is based on research that reveals when two people meet to talk, they immediately turn to a angled positions for relaxed conversation. The angle of the seat and back along with coordinating tables encourage face-to-face, natural conversation. Hear more talk about Talk, below.


Blair Wieland of Wieland Healthcare demos SleepToo™, an impressive unit that transforms to accomodate every need of hospital visitors. Starting as a sofa for visiting with the patient and family, it is also reclines for reading a book, accommodates storage for pillows and blankets, to creating a full size sofa for several to sit comfortably. And, yes, when you are ready to go to bed, it even converts into a nearly full-size sleeping area.


Comfort and flexibility were resounding terms we heard throughout NeoCon12. Allsteel’s Clarity seating collection designed by BMW Group Designworks USA is a great example of those concepts put into action. Designers Johannes Lampela and Bianca Fleischer talk here about the simplicity of form and function. Great for ad hoc meetings so popular today, you can sit sideways, pull several together for collaboration or talk over the back. The simple and sleek design allows for dressing it up or dressing it down and it’s perfect for more casual and relaxed seating.


Mark McKenna, Design Director for Humanscale, discusses Mode, a new multi-purpose, stackable chair designed for cafeterias, auditoriums and break-out spaces. Always considering comfort first, additional features include replaceable cushions, replaceable legs, optional ganging hooks to link the chairs together in place as well the ability to stack the chairs 12-high as opposed to the standard number of 10, yielding about a 20% increase in real estate.


What were some of your favorite finds at NeoCon 2012?




Tips On Using Social Media For NeoCon12

Things are buzzing as NeoCon 2012 gets closer and KI hosted a Social Media Webinar with tips on how to turn that buzz into a successful show for those planning to attend.

In collaboration with NeoCon, IIDA, Designer Pages and Metropolis Magazine, KI offered social media tips on things you can do before you get there, during the show and even best practices on how to follow up once you get back to the office.

Below are a few of the highlights, and you can find the complete deck here.

BEFORE NeoCon Social Tips:

  • Follow major media outlets and show organizers for most up-to-date information on the show
  • Tweet using the #NeoCon12 hashtag to find who to follow. Use search for industries
  • Follow firms and industry organizations and manufacturers that will be exhibiting at NeoCon
  • Join the NeoCon Group on LinkedIn to find out who’s talking about NeoCon
  • Create your profile on
  • Download the Designer Pages Showrooms App to take your profile mobile so you can browse, share and save showroom info.


DURING NeoCon Social Tips:

  • Follow the #NeoCon12 hashtag to plan your day, find the best parties, learn about speakers/seminars, scope out the hottest products
  • Use your Designer Pages Showroom App to connect with all of the showrooms on your mobile device
  • Blog about your experiences
  • Use Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to both share and capture highlights from the show
  • Enter KI’s NeoConography Photo Contest where mobile photography of creative shots, will be awarded with Visa® gift cards
  • Participate in IIDA’s Pinterest Photo Contest to best demonstrate how work, play and culture intersect
  • Follow IIDA on Facebook for updates
  • Follow IIDA Design Matters blog
  • @MetropolisMag and @3M_Architecture have teamed up for the MetropolisLikes Program to award products, showrooms and companies throughout the show.


AFTER NeoCon Social Tips:

  • CardMunch App from LinkedIn – turns business cards into LinkedIn contacts.
  • Send follow–up emails with people you met
  • Continue to use the #NeoCon12 hashtag to see what conversations you missed as well as keep connections alive
  • A Flickr album will be embedded on for viewing
  • Congratulate #MetropolisLikes recipients
  • Ask your connections to share their photos
  • Post blogs about what you saw and learned
  • Post to your Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts
  • Watch for more info on IIDA’s June 19th NeoCon Highlights webinar


Key Hashtags for NeoCon 2012


10 Essential Furnishings Every Office Needs To Consider

Sometimes knowing what your office doesn’t need helps narrow your furniture purchasing strategy. Whether the size of your office is large or small, the following basic furnishings should always be considered, even if it is determined some of them are unnecessary.

TASK SEATING Designed to be adaptable to specific tasks performed, ergonomic chairs allow your employees to get the job done faster, in a more comfortable and healthy way.


DESKING SYSTEMS Today’s organized systems provide places for computers, numerous devices and ‘things’.


VISITOR SEATING Seating that gives your guests or patients a place to get comfortable, in areas such as lounges or waiting rooms.


OCCASIONAL FURNITURE This shows that you’ve put more thought into your workplace than “just the basics.”


RECEPTION AREA – Extra attention here gives you opportunity to make a great first impression.


ARCHITECTURAL WALLS/PANEL SYSTEMS These systems create division between people and distractions.


POWER/DATA SOLUTIONS An important consideration for your furniture in today’s ‘connected’ world.


TASK LIGHTING The illuminance level and contrast and proper lighting for mood and eyesight cannot be underestimated.


STORAGE Planning ahead gives you a place to file documents, clear clutter and hide personal belongings.


BREAK ROOM TABLES AND SEATING Area that allows your employees to take a healthy break from their work for a meal or even conversation.


What do you think? What furnishings do you consider essential in your office?











5 TEDMed Videos for Healthcare Professionals

TED Talks are the famous short talks that share videos and ideas from some of the world’s brightest minds. Healthcare professionals benefit from TEDMED, a conference dedicated to imagining the future of health and medicine professions. Below are just a few of our favorites.

1. Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Following a stay in a rehab center, he realized that most hospitals ignore critical resident needs. Hear how he set out to change all that with attractive, efficient, patient-centered rooms.


2. Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, a design and innovation consulting company, talks here about the ‘design’ of healthcare. He says that “in times of change, we need new choices.”


3. Sherwin Nuland, an American surgeon and author, calls attention to the increasing distancing over the last 2,000 years of the doctor from the patient. In this video he implores us to help turn this trend around.


4. David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and here he explains how the iPhone might save your life!


5. Thomas Goetz is executive editor at WIRED Magazine and he talks about the importance of information presentation in healthcare. He suggests that healthcare is not a science problem it is an information problem.