SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - KI healthcare experts and designers discussed market trends, shared insights and showcased new product inspirations at Healthcare Design 2014. Making headlines were new high-performance products from KI and Pallas Textiles: the Soltíce ® Metal Collection and Valetudo Collection.
"Healthcare Design was the perfect opportunity to spotlight our most innovative healthcare solutions that are designed to meet the needs of patients, families and staff," said Debbie Breunig, vice president, healthcare, KI. "We were honored to show attendees firsthand how they could create environments that encourage patient healing, support family involvement and increase staff efficiency."
With superior attention to detail, award-winning designer Paul James has taken the incomparable durability of steel and refined it to an art form in Soltíce Metal. Its sophisticated design easily coordinates and complements with a range of existing furniture and architectural elements, while its streamlined silhouette offers stunning simplicity and creates a clean and contemporary aesthetic suitable for all environments.
Strong yet surprisingly lightweight, Soltíce Metal features alluring mid-century style with modern versatility and enduring appeal. Its thin visual profiles and lightness of scale provide a fresh perspective to metal-frame designs. The collection features lounge seating, guest and multiple seating (including bariatric seating, tested to comfortably and safely support up to 750 pounds), patient seating, and occasional tables.
Soltíce Metal offers a fresh perspective with modern appeal for healthcare environments, while providing therapeutic comfort and exceptional support. Following the principles of Evidence-Based Design (EBD), Soltíce Metal is designed for ease of ingress and egress, by offering elevated seat heights and easy-to-grasp extended arm caps. The collection can be easily reconfigured and adjusted to accommodate a range of people in various healthcare settings, either to improve communication and social support or to create visual privacy to minimize distractions for staff, patients and family members.
Easy to clean and maintain, Soltíce Metal is perfectly suited for high-performance areas. With a standard clean-out space on all seating, Soltíce Metal offers bleach-cleanable components and can be specified with impervious, high-performance textiles. Soltíce Metal guest and multiple seating feature 100 percent replaceable components for quick and easy on-site maintenance. With standard wallsaver legs and non-marring floor glides, Soltíce Metal protects the surrounding environment. Soltíce Metal supports the needs within 24-hour high-demand environments and is backed by KI's standard lifetime warranty.
Tested beyond standard BIFMA requirements for safety and durability, Soltíce Metal withstands a 300-pound weight capacity on all standard seating, while the multiple seating loveseat and bariatric chair are additionally proven to withstand up to 750 pounds.
New for Healthcare Design, Pallas Textiles introduces the award-winning high-performance Valetudo™ Collection. Latin for health and wellness, Valetudo is a collection inspired by the idea that our surrounding environments - whether it's inside a centuries-old cathedral, underground waiting for a subway or sitting on a park bench - help balance mind, body and spirit.
The Valetudo Collection is part of the "Goes Not Matches" family of high-performance textiles and finishes for healthcare-a collaboration among Pallas Textiles, Mannington Commercial, CS Acrovyn and Clarus Glassboards that seeks to transform healthcare facilities into balanced, comforting environments for patients and staff with a comprehensive, timeless palette of complementary designs and colors.
Taking cues from traditional stained-glass designs and hand-crafted artisan tiles, the Valetudo Collection translates these typical hard-surface patterns into the softness of textiles. The end result is classic yet modern patterns that lend themselves beautifully in any application.
KI manufactures innovative furniture and movable wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information, visit www.kihealthcare.com.