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Pallas Textiles to Participate in Panel on Collaborative Design at Healthcare Design 2011

October 31, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN.  - Design professionals from HOK Product Design, Pallas® Textiles and Mannington Commercial will discuss trends in healthcare design, their influence on today's healthcare environment, and the benefits and challenges of developing complementary products for the healthcare environment during a discussion at the 2011 Healthcare Design Conference. CEU-accredited by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and moderated by Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA, the panel takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.  

The challenge of bringing together clients, designers and manufacturers to create effective healthcare spaces will be discussed as panelists share insights from a collaborative healthcare collection led by HOK Product Design. The Valetudo (Latin for health and wellness) Collection from Pallas Textiles is a privacy curtain collection inspired by the idea that a healthy lifestyle is a balance of mind, body and environment. Designed to complement the Vivendi Collection from Mannington, fabrics from Pallas Textiles were designed to create privacy curtains that are visually appealing both inside and outside the patient zone. Supported by qualitative and quantitative research, the team aimed to differentiate its products by focusing on the luxury trend during the product development phase.  

Panelists include: Donald Cremers, senior designer, HOK; Natalie Jones, vice president, Commercial Brand Development and Creative Product, Mannington; Dave White, general manager and vice president, Pallas Textiles; and Ardis Hutchis, lead of architecture and interiors for the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

About Pallas Textiles   
For more than 20 years, Pallas Textiles has collaborated with some of the best-known textile designers to create an impressive portfolio of award-winning collections. Named for Pallas Athena, Greek Goddess of Weaving, Pallas Textiles offers sophisticated, elegant products that are smart, balancing high performance characteristics and environmental responsibilities. Collections include textiles for contract upholstery and panel systems, wall-coverings, textiles for healthcare environments and casements. Pallas Collections are designed to harmonize with the total interior environment and its furnishings. For more information, visit  

About HOK  Founded in 2009, HOK Product Design engages designers who use design thinking to create innovative products for the built environment. HOK Product Design harnesses the entrepreneurial culture embedded within global architecture firm HOK and other product and design firms, to advance design ideas in the profession and provide creative responses to the needs of new and existing clients. The firm partners with manufacturers to develop new ideas that enhance their portfolios while strengthening their market presence within the sectors of healthcare, lighting, urban planning, furnisher and finishes, fire and life safety and sustainable design.

About Mannington   
Mannington Commercial has distinguished itself as one of North America's premier manufacturers of high quality floor covering designs for hard and soft surfaces. Its range of choices in both categories is unparalleled, and its sustainability platform is built upon innovative measures to improve closed loop recycling, reduce waste streams and reuse waste materials. Mannington stands upon a better business ethic, better products and a better world for the good of the people who create and use their commercial and residential products.


Danielle Gerhart  
Eric Mower and Associates  

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