Design & Health

Strait Rx, Infinity Rx

A Prescription of Acoustic Flooring for Patients, Staff at Methodist Mansfield

Renovated medical center’s NICU experiences the unexpected quiet of vinyl Rx surfacing. The center in Mansfield, Texas, began the $8.7 million expansion of its existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 2018. The hospital, which offers full-service maternity care, added eight private rooms, family amenities, a state-of-the-art infant security system, and dedicated respiratory and lactation support spaces. They needed a flooring fit for the job. Interior designer Whitney Hendrickson had unique insight into what the space demanded. Prior to becoming a certified interior designer, Hendrickson was a pediatric nurse.When it came time to select the flooring, Hendrickson recalled a 2017

Ray-Air UV-C

Ceiling Tile Fan

Go Fan Yourself (GFY) is proud of the patented technology utilized in the Ray-Air UV-C. These fans (resembling a ceiling tile) make spaces safer, more energy efficient, healthier and more comfortable, according to a representative for the company. Testing indicates that “Ray-Air UV-C sterilized over 99% of MS2 (Covid-19 & Influenza family of viruses) in only 90 minutes,” plus, it is UL certified safe to use while the space is occupied.

Big Ass Fans Powerfoil x3.0 With Ion Technology

Large Diameter

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne viruses can be achieved, at least in part, with large-diameter ceiling fans, aka, Big Ass Fans. Equipped with bipolar ionization, Powerfoil x3.0 With Ion Technology air moving behemoths aim to create and distribute massive amounts of ions without producing harmful ozone. The large air flow apparatuses measure 12 ft. to 24 ft., and, according to the company, the energy-efficient fans can kill 99.9% of viruses in the air in 20 minutes.

Greenheck’s AMPLIFY DC-5 Overhead Fan With Northern Light Technology


Combining the air cleaning benefit of upper-room UV lighting with the air circulation capabilities of powerful overhead HVLS fans, Greenheck’s AMPLIFY DC-5 Overhead Fan With Northern Light Technology offers a unique spin on using ultraviolet light. In large-scale testing, this combo “has shown increased inactivation of airborne pathogens,” according to the company. The fans situates “non-ozone generating UV-C bulbs” inside the fan blades toward the tips where the majority of air movement occurs. The uplight design directs UV-C light away from occupants.


Sustainability Can Be Productive Too

Sagegreenlife’s Productivity is a self-contained living wall partition featuring a writing surface on one side and a living wall on the other. The partition can be easily relocated and is low maintenance. The living wall features Biotile tiles with a layered rock fiber called Rockwool to evenly distribute water, oxygen and nutrients across the living wall. With 24/7 remote monitoring and control operating over a 4G network with sensors and programmable irrigation, Safegreenlife’s living wall system may just be the most advanced greenery on the market.


Mobile Living Walls

GSky’s MOBILE Versa Wall offers a way to bring more green into the interior in a solution that is flexible enough to accommodate the changing layouts currently demanded by the corporate world today. Tank pump and irrigation are included in each unit, which hold up to 12 gallons of water and eliminate the need for a water feed and drain. Built-in lighting guarantees plants will remain full and healthy. A single, smart-control unit makes it simple to control the lighting and irrigation. Made in the U.S., the MOBILE Versa Wall measures 79-in. high, 40-in. wide × 19-in. deep.


Classy Glass

As businesses look to create safer spaces in shared settings and workplaces, many are looking at materials like glass to help create social distancing pods. Arden Studio glass won’t easily scratch or discolor over time, but is easy to clean, disinfect and move as needs change. Offering infinite combinations of colors, sizes and printing options, buyers can customize the glass with logos, custom colors, patterns, artwork and company branding, elevating the glass surface from functional to an integrated element of the interior design.In an age of social distancing, glass panels are designed and engineered to enhance working, support learning and help create safer work environments.

Steelcase Pod Tent

Camp Out at the Office

Looking for ways to create a compelling work experience to welcome people back, Steelcase turned to an outdoor gear designer to draw up ideas for a new, post-COVID working environment. The Pod Tent is a freestanding pod that limits distractions in the open office by providing individuals with a comfortable and private space to do their best work. The tent is lightweight, easy to move, and ventilated via a standard open-air roof and door.


Getting Healthier

The Living Well collection is a mix of colors and paints chosen to invite a sense of comfort, style, and well-being. Offering 11 curated palettes. The collection includes two products that expand the SuperPaint line: SuperPaint with Sanitizing Technology, which keeps walls sanitized by delivering ongoing antibacterial action that kills 99.9% of certain bacteria on painted surfaces and remains effective for up to four years; and SuperPaint with Air Purifying Technology, which contributes to better indoor air quality with  technology that helps break down unwanted odors while reducing VOCs. Seen here is Perfect Greige, part of the “Breathe” line.


A Soundproof Pod

Workplace pioneer Framery is serious about creating happiness in the office, and recently launched Framery One. Available in eight timeless colors, including White, Gray, Black, Powder Blue, Winter Moss, Sand, Blush and Navy, these hues reflect color trends that are popular when designing for wellbeing and comfort—conditions that are critical to promoting optimism and safety—a welcome addition to interior spaces during times of uncertainty and unrest.