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How to Specify: Acoustics for Every Industry

Having trouble finding the perfect acoustical fit for your industry’s environment? Acoustics are a major architectural function and can make or break a space if not properly addressed. We have laid out a guide to specifying acoustical solutions for your space. Each configuration is made to be fully customizable to your space with various size and art options!

FLOATING SUSPENSION PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Floating Suspension Panels are ideal for office spaces as they are great for dividing up open workspaces or acting as a privacy buffer between workstations. With its double-sided art feature, you can chose from different graphics making any space more dynamic. The floating suspension panel can be placed in many other environments as well.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Open office space
  • Waiting rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Between desks
  • Private Offices
  • Computer rooms
  • Libraries

THE DIVIDER PANEL

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Divider Panel can be utilized nearly anywhere thanks to its freestanding, mobile nature. This option is great for anyone not wanting to commit their acoustical panel to any specific area. It is also a great option to create a divide within spaces, such as waiting areas, workstations, or any open floor plan.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Office desk
  • Hallways
  • Waiting room
  • Retail signage
  • Private offices
  • Open workspace

WALL MOUNT (HORIZONTAL & VERTICAL)

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

As the most standard configuration, this system easily mounts anywhere within corporate, healthcare, commercial, and educational spaces. We are proud to recommend this system to any client needing sound improvements when addressing the overall quality of their space. It is our most effective acoustic solution and can be printed up to 100 ft. long.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Private offices
  • Conference rooms
  • Lecture halls
  • Lobbies and open spaces
  • Reception areas
  • Cafes
  • Communal areas

MULTI-FLOATING PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

Similar to the floating panel, the multi-floating panel is a great addition to any place where you would like to create a privacy buffer, while also leaving the space open to the option of collaboration. Multi-floating panels are great for waiting rooms that you wish to keep private for clients, in between workstations, or even in a private office! Acoustics are a major architectural function and can make or break a space if not properly addressed.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Open office space
  • Waiting rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Between desks
  • Private Offices
  • Computer rooms
  • Libraries

CLOUD CEILING PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

For environments with less space but still requiring acoustical absorption, we recommend the Ceiling Cloud Panel. This system is great for educational environments and healthcare environments. Many clients have come to us from the healthcare industry needing art that inspires its patients and allows staff to focus by creating a sound space. For this reason, we recommend cloud panels for healthcare and educational environments or anyone looking for a more spatially accommodating acoustic system.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries
  • Open workspaces
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hallways
  • Classrooms

CEILING SUSPENSION PANEL

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Ceiling Suspension Baffle is a great way to create a welcoming space for those in the hospitality industry. Often times, customers complain about noise levels especially in communal work areas, like lobbies or computer cafes as well as restaurants. The ceiling baffle is a double-sided art system with a high-end aluminum frame for a sleek appearance. Line hallways or cafe’s with acoustic graphics that change dependent on where you are standing for a dynamic and functional space.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Restaurants
  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries
  • Cafes
  • Communal Seating
  • Open office space

LED WALL MOUNT

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

With function, form, and a little extra, the LED Wall Mount is a great statement piece for open workspaces, lobbies, and private offices. A great way to impress clients while keeping your space functional and fit for business. Because of its lighting qualities, we suggest this piece be one of the first your clients see. It can also be very beneficial for lighting an otherwise dim room and creating a more vibrant workspace for employees.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Lobbies
  • Reception areas
  • Private Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Hallways
  • Hotels
  • Open workspaces
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Q&A: CoArt Acoustics

CONTRIBUTION TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Q. WHAT IS THE PRODUCT’S UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND COMMERCIAL INTERIORS?

A. dTank created this product knowing the problems architects, interior designers and end clients face. Our experience in creating furniture to improve built environments led us to the creation of CoArt Acoustics. At CoArt Acoustics we have perfected the collaborative process that allows us to optimize our product. Our team of experts is able to work with architects, end clients, and designers to recommend the best placement, size, and configuration to optimize the acoustic design of any given space. We are constantly striving to educate our clients on the benefits of utilizing acoustic panels.

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SOLUTION

Q. WHAT PROBLEM DOES IT SOLVE OR IMPROVE UPON? WHERE IS IT MOST LIKELY TO BE SPECIFIED?

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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FUNCTIONALITY

Q. DESCRIBE HOW IT FUNCTIONS AND HOW ITS FUNCTIONALITY ADDS TO ITS USEFULNESS IN COMMERCIAL INTERIORS.

A. CoArt Acoustics solves any sound reverberation issues. Whether it is an open workspace or healthcare clinic, any environment can benefit from acoustical panels. Acoustical panels are traditionally purely functional. However, CoArt includes a sound transparent fabric, which can be printed with custom branded artwork or art from our Collections. Educational spaces such as classrooms, lecture halls, and libraries are one environment where the acoustic design plays a key role in the success of people who use it. Acoustics can affect student memory, retention rates, and concentration levels. Another environment is healthcare facilities. Similar to educational buildings, links have been found to affect the staff with increased levels of stress, fatigue, and emotional exhaustion on top of an already stressful and loud environment with communication difficulties. Confidentiality is key for office spaces and healthcare facilities. Conference rooms, law firms, and phone booths are areas of interest for architectural designers when considering acoustic absorption and sound efficiency. Hotels, cinemas, restaurants and cafes all depend greatly on the comfort of their customers and that can always be attributed to a room’s acoustics.

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FLEXIBILITY

Q. HOW FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE IS THE PRODUCT?

Q. DOES IT OFFER FLEXIBILITY AS A PRODUCT AND DOES IT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FLEXIBILITY OF OTHERS WITH WHICH IT IS CO-SPECIFIED?

A. CoArt Panels are highly flexible and adaptive across all environments. With its variety of configurations and high-end aluminum frame system, the possibilities are endless. Our designers work closely with the client to ensure we do not compromise the design of the space. The frame comes in customizable powder coat options and the option of specialty framing. Clients work directly with our design team to match colors of furniture, brand logos, or artwork. We also offer custom artwork services in which we work directly with your company to offer the best custom solution for any given space. Standard artwork from our Collections is also available. The aluminum extrusion system allows for quick installation and application of fabric, making interchangeability easy. The fabric is also dry-cleanable which is ideal for healthcare and hospitality environment

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QUALITY / DURABILITY

Q. ADDRESS ITS QUALITY STANDARDS AND ITS EXPECTED DURABILITY. PRESUMING IT OFFERS DURABILITY, HOW IS IT MORE DURABLE?

Q. WHAT IS ITS DURABILITY EXPECTATION?

A. At CoArt, we push the boundaries of technical design and fabrication to provide high-end acoustic solutions. Our reliable SEG framing systems are durable, easy to transport and assemble. The acoustically transparent fabric is tougher than painted walls, impact resistant and shock absorbent. The triple dye sublimation process penetrates the fabric so the ink cannot fade. The fabric is also non-combustible, and unable to be warped by moisture. Our suspension cable system is virtually invisible to the eye and the connecting hardware is elegant and minimal, enabling the designer to create display systems that appear to float in mid-air. The system received a 0.8 NRC acoustic rating and Class A fire rating.

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AESTHETICS

Q. DESCRIBE HOW THIS PRODUCT MAKES AN AESTHETIC CONTRIBUTION AND ADDS TO THE BEAUTY OF ANY INTERIOR.

A. Combining acoustics with art is how we take a technical solution and make it a beautiful addition to any interior. At CoArt, we place a great deal of attention on making sure our art is made with quality and perfection in mind. Our artists spend a lot of their time and attention making sure the smallest of details are faultless and that each custom artwork is made with the clients purpose in mind. Not only does our art serve as an aesthetic contribution, but it also serves a purpose. Add acoustical solutions, tell a company legacy, provide a healing atmosphere with healing artwork, and even inspire creativity and boost morale. From acoustic effectiveness and corporate branding to providing inspiring and welcoming spaces, those working in healthcare, educational, corporate or commercial environments will find CoArt Acoustics the solution to enhancing the performance and overall aesthetic of their space. CoArt will be launching its latest ready-made Art Collections curated with an array of tones, hues, and color ways. The option of custom branded artwork allows the client to control his or her own aesthetic and creative direction.

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INNOVATION

Q. HOW IS THE PRODUCT OR SOLUTION INNOVATIVE?


Q. HOW IS IT BETTER THAN SIMILAR EXISTING PRODUCTS?


Q. WHY WAS THIS INNOVATION NEEDED?

A. dTank’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. CoArt Acoustics combines acoustics with art and interior design to create the ultimate triple threat! By utilizing the SEG technology, we are able to create a user friendly product that addresses architectural design issues. Our product serves the client in ways most acoustic panels cannot, allowing them to interchange their artwork, dry clean the fabric, and customize the entire system. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Q. DOES IT HAVE A SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING PROCESS?

Q. DOES THE PRODUCT HAVE RECYCLABLE OR BIODEGRADABLE COMPONENTS?

A. Sustainably designed, the acoustical core is made from 60% post-consumer content predominately recycled water bottles. The core is itself is 100% recyclable. The frame system is made from a variety of recyclable material as well.

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Acoustics 101

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NeoCon Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DTANK FURNITURE LAUNCHES COART ACOUSTICS AT NEOCON 2018

CoArt Acoustics presents line of acoustical configurations and new art collections for branded commercial interiors.

LOS ANGELES, CA. APRIL 4, 2018.

dTank will be presenting CoArt Acoustics, a complete acoustical art system that combines an effective acoustic solution with custom and ready-made art collections at The Mart in Chicago on June 11-13th. NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation- showcasing ideas and products that shape the built environment today and into the future. CoArt Acoustics is a framed acoustical panel wrapped with a printed fabric that serves a variety of purposes but most notably solves acoustical issues while branding a space with ready-made or custom art. Key features include double-sided and interchangeable art fabric, dry-cleanable fabric up to 100 feet long, and turnkey installation.

CoArt offers interiors seven different acoustical configurations from being mounted against a wall, hung from the ceiling, to a moveable freestanding option. The sleek, high-end frame and innovative suspension technology can also be used to divide a space, create privacy or be used as a design element. The system received a 0.8 NRC acoustic rating and Class A fire rating. From acoustic effectiveness and corporate branding to providing inspiring and welcoming spaces, those working in healthcare, educational, corporate or commercial environments will find CoArt Acoustics the solution to enhancing the performance of their space. CoArt will also be launching its latest ready-made Art Collections curated with an array of tones, hues, and color ways. With the option of custom branded art, the final product provides the exact look, feel, and functionality for any space.

“After nearly two decades of working with architects, designers, and end users, we began to see a need for functional, branded acoustical art to correct and prevent architectural sound problems. We created CoArt as a multifunctional system that enables a collaborative and turnkey experience for our clients. By implementing this process we create an adaptive, high-quality product with meaningful art that tells a story.” explains Principal, Reto Eberle. “We see NeoCon as the ultimate platform for launching a product like CoArt, giving us the opportunity to get our product directly in front of the design community.”

dTank’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques. Interior designers, architects, and end users alike seeking to treat inconvenient acoustic reverberations can visit us on the 7th floor at booth #2004 or call us at (818) 252-3888. We are also available via email at info@coartbydtank.com. For more information on dTank’s custom services as well as CoArt acoustical products, visit our website here.

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ABOUT COART ACOUSTICS

Driven by art, functionality, and interior design, CoArt combines acoustics with art, to make acoustics beautiful and art functional. No project small or large deters the creative and innovative ambition of CoArt, providing acoustical solutions across various industries, with an understanding of each environment and their acoustic requirements. CoArt provides full turnkey, concept to installation, service to every client.

ABOUT DTANK

For over 20 years, dTank has been a leader in furniture customization. dTank specializes in working with architects and designers to create custom furniture solutions for corporate, healthcare, educational and commercial spaces. We continue to revolutionize the industry by creating sophisticated environments that incorporate the latest ergonomic features and technology solutions. With over two decades of collaboration we have developed a diverse set of clients, from budding creative firms to Fortune 500 companies.

PRESS CONTACT

EVELYN PIRALI, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

evelyn.pirali@dtank-plus.com

(818) 252-3888

Booth 7-2004

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Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Choosing acoustic accommodation is essential to the function of a space whether it be healthcare, hospitality, educational, or corporate environments. Each industry having their own social setting, daily tasks, and reverberated sound issues. Having worked across various industries we have learned that fully customizable acoustic solutions are required to allow a space its full potential.

 EDUCATION

Whether in a library, lecture hall, or study area, educational spaces are amongst the top industries needing acoustical solutions. Similar to corporate and healthcare, students and staff both need up-lifting and inspiring art with the functionality of acoustical absorption. Acoustical art has a proven to positively impact learning, attention, and reading deficiencies or help those that speak english as a second language to comprehend and learn more. Noise also affects teachers, not only children or students. In fact, 80% of teachers experience vocal fatigue. Teachers are more likely to take sick days off work, as it also raises blood pressure, stress levels and causes headaches. (Sound of Architecture)

For educational environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsDivider PanelsWall Mount PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels

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Acoustic Cloud Panels in library

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Suspended Ceiling Panels in lecture hall

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Wall Mounted Panels in study hallway

HEALTHCARE

Medical clinics, hospitals, and aging homes are of major importance when it comes to patient comfort and staff productivity. A healing environment is often hard to achieve in such a technical setting. Poor acoustical conditions may have a negative impact on a patient’s physiological health and increase their chances of being readmitted to the hospital. Making sure that you have both healing visual aids and high performing acoustics is a relatively easy way to create a soothing environment that uplifts and inspires patients and staff. Proper acoustics facilitate clear communications, supports a more focused work environment to reduce medical error, lessens stress for staff and patients, promotes healing, and enhances patient privacy. Acoustics can also impact perceptions of privacy, comfort, safety, and security for patients and their families. (CISCA)

For healthcare environments we recommend the following configurations: Floating Suspension PanelsWall Mounted PanelsDivider Panels, and Cloud Ceiling Panels.

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Cloud Ceiling Panel in a medical facility hallway

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Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in palliative care unit

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Wall Mount Panel in medical facility hallway

HOSPITALITY

Whether a restaurant, hotel, or even airline lounge, the comfort of guests is the utmost important in the hospitality industry. Acoustics are especially important as it thrives on creating a multi-sensory experience for its customers. Currently, the modern design of most cafes, bars, and restaurants does not enable comfortable social interactions. Noise from a flood of conversation, often times closer than preferred, clanging cutlery, and the hustle and bustle of waitresses and bussers bring a level of noise that can easily be absorbed when appropriate acoustic configurations are applied.

For hospitality environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsWall Mount Panels, and LED Wall Mount Panels

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Alternating Vertical Suspended Ceiling Panels in a cafe

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Multi-floating Suspension Panel in lobby area

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LED Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in hotel reception area

CORPORATE

Acoustics in corporate interiors have become increasingly more problematic as offices grow to be more open, with collaborative teams and hard furniture, which create noise reverberations. Roughly 70 percent of all employees in open work areas report that the biggest impact on their productivity is the conversations of their coworkers. There have been tons of studies that argue poor acoustics in a workplace can be detrimental to work ethic and overall productivity. For instance, unwanted chatter, a loud HVAC, and music with a lack of acoustical absorption, can be very damaging to a healthy workplace.

For corporate environments we recommend the following configurations: Divider PanelsCeiling Suspension PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels, and Wall Mount Panels,

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Vertical Wall Mount Panels in conference room

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Divider Panels in open workspace

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LED: Furniture in a New Light

Does your furniture make a statement? Often times our clients do so by adding LED lights to their reception desks, conference areas, and even branded or custom artwork. Here are a few of our custom products that have incorporated LED lighting for a heightened user experience and a lively work environment.

With growing technology and expertise in the field, LED lighting panels can be made custom for your space, taking into account the space that it is going into and the current ambient lighting levels. With dTank’s Custom LED Lighting and 3Form’s Resin Panels, we give you control of the experience, from choosing the resin material, color, brightness of lighting, and much more.

1.) LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT’S ‘SWAG ROOM’

For our client Legendary Entertainment, we wanted to create a unique and branded retail space that elevates the brands merchandise and creates an engaging retail-esque experience. Materials included Oak Veneer, Stainless Steel, and LED Lights. See the full scope of this project here.

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Swag Room for Legendary Entertainment HQ. Design Firm: Felderman Keatinge & Associates

2.) FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

For Florida International University, dTank partnered with JC White Architectural Interior Products to design and build computer stations with our custom LED lighting and 3Form’s resin panels at FIU’s Computing & Information Sciences department. To make the LED edge lighting accessible we created a removable toe kick and also added digital dimmer so that the client could adjust the lighting as needed. Materials applied include 3Form Chroma, LED Lighting for 3Form Chroma, Cemetal Brushed Aluminum.

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Rounded computer lab stations that include 3Form Resin Panels with incorporated LED lighting created by dTank. Project completed in 2015.

3.) COART ACOUSTIC LED WALL MOUNT

To take interiors a step further, CoArt Acoustics has developed an acoustic art system that integrates LED lighting into beautiful custom and ready-made artwork. Up to 100 ft. long, these panels increase sound quality within a space to maximize employee productivity, client and guest comfort, and even promote healing and enhance patient privacy in healthcare interiors.

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Hospitality lobby featuring CoArt LED Wall Panel with artwork from the ‘Abstract’ Collection (left) and Cafe featuring LED Wall Panel with artwork from ‘Travel’ Collection (right)

4.) GRAND ROUNDS

Whether it is for healthcare, hospitality, or corporate offices, a reception desk is often times the first piece of furniture your clients see. For Grand Rounds Healthcare in San Francisco we used Formica ColorCore2 Laminate, Corian Transaction Surface, and LED Lighting to create a custom and branded reception desk.

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Custom reception desk with LED lighting detail. Design Firm: NBBJ Architects

5.) AICPA

dTank redesigned AICPA’s video conference room to accommodate their meeting needs with fully equipped electrical outlets and plug ins. Inside are LED TV screens designed so that no matter where u sit you have a view of the screens. Additionally, each seat has a microphone to enable interactive video conferencing.

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dTank custom video conferencing tables with LED screens, microphones, and power outlets. Design Firm: Shubin + Donaldson Architects

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Press Release: Innovative, Multifunctional Acoustic System Serving Various Industries

PRESS CONTACT

Evelyn Pirali, Director of Marketing

evelyn.pirali@dtank-plus.com

(818) 252-3888

INNOVATIVE, MULTIFUNCTIONAL ACOUSTIC SYSTEM SERVING VARIOUS INDUSTRIES

CoArt Acoustics pushes the boundaries of technical design and fabrication by providing a branded acoustic art system for commercial, corporate, and healthcare interiors.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA. AUGUST 7, 2017.

CoArt by dTank has released a complete acoustical art system that combines an effective acoustic solution with custom and ready-made art. The system offers a variety of configurations including suspended or floating within a space, mounted against the wall, and free standing divider panels while receiving a 0.65 NRC acoustic rating and a Class A fire rating. Some key features include double-sided and interchangeable art fabric, dry-cleanable fabric up to 100 feet long, and turnkey installation.

CoArt offers interiors endless configurations for a custom ft with sleek, high-end frame and suspension technology that serves a variety of purposes. From acoustic effectiveness and corporate branding to providing inspiring and welcoming spaces, those working in healthcare, educational, corporate or commercial environments will find CoArt Acoustics the solution to enhancing the performance of their space. With endless options of ready-made art and photography the final product provides the exact look, feel, and functionality for any space.

“At CoArt, we have created a multifunctional system that enables a collaborative yet turnkey experience for our clients. We bring an influential combination of creativity, experience and know-how t o each project,” explains CEO, Reto Eberle. “By implementing this process we create an adaptive, high-quality product with meaningful art that tells a story.”

CoArt’s experience in the industry and ability to adapt to customer needs allow them to continually innovate and develop relevant solutions. All products are manufactured in the United States, using the most advanced materials and fabrication techniques. Interior designers, architects, and end users alike seeking to treat inconvenient acoustic reverberations can call (818) 252-3888 or email info@coartbydtank.com.

ABOUT COART BY DTANK

Driven by art, functionality, and interior design, CoArt combines acoustics with art, to make acoustics beautiful and art functional. No project small or large deters the creative and innovative ambition of CoArt, providing acoustical solutions across various industries, with an understanding of each environment and their acoustic requirements. CoArt provides full turnkey, concept to installation, service to every client.

ABOUT DTANK INC.

dTank Inc. was founded in 1998 by Reto Eberle, a Swiss-born entrepreneur with a background in furniture design and engineering. While observing a void in custom furniture design with commercial spaces, dTank was born, providing the A&D community with the resources to designers and fabricators from concept to installation. dTank continues to evolve with growing trends and continually aims to push the boundaries of custom furniture design and manufacturing.

CoArt by dTank | 3500 W Burbank Blvd #101, Burbank, CA | T:818-252-3888 | www.coartbydtank.com

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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s Palliati…

Puchlik Design Associates partnered with dTank to create custom furniture for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center‘s palliative care unit. When creating furniture in the healthcare, whether it is for waiting rooms, exam rooms, and patient rooms such as this one, we combine the requirements provided by the medical facility and project architect with Evidence Based Design principals and our knowledge of hospitality furniture.This approach results in patient-centered furniture solutions that provide a sense of comfort during what may be an uneasy situation.

Client: Providence St. Joseph Medical Center – Palliative Care Suites

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Mission Hills, CA

Scope: Casework, Writing Desk, Coffee Table, Sink, Nightstand, CoArt Art Panels, Clothing Cabinets

Materials: Wood Laminate, Caesarstone, Powder-Coated Steel, Digitally Printed Acrylic Panels

Design Firm: Puchlik Design Associates

Clothing Cabinet – Ceiling height made of wood laminate and a powder-coated steel handle

Casework – Made of wood laminate placed against the wall fitting perfectly between the wall and the room divider. Cabinet design is made to camouflage within the space.

CoArt Acrylic Panel – A custom boiphilic design made by CoArt by dTank printed on an acrylic panel that is placed in the middle of the casework providing a calming backdrop for guests. Demountable side panels are designed for access to in-wall Med Gases when zone is used as an overflow licensed bed.

Writing Desk – Freestanding wood laminate stand and drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone table designed for ease relocation when zone is needed for overflow licensed Bed.

Sink – Wood laminate drawers topped off with a white Caesarstone sink.

Coffee Table – Wood laminate table and powder-coated steel legs made with a modern design.

View full portfolio here.

HEALING ART

Studies have shown a direct link between images of nature and it’s positive affects on patient’s health in medical facilities. Too often, patients and physicians find themselves in dim, white, sterile rooms and hallways that can create a disconnected and distressed mental state. One study has found the patients that see images or videos or nature and landscapes, also known as healing art, tend to require far fewer medications for anxiety and agitation and another finds it can lower heart and blood pressure rates.

Healing Art not only benefits the patient, but also the nurses, physicians, medical staff, guests and the facility itself! Similar to how a nicely designed work space can affect an employee’s job satisfaction or a client’s perception of the company, when healing art is hung in patient rooms, hallways or waiting rooms, all that come across it are positively affected.

At CoArt by dTank, we have created a collection of healing art photography art you can choose from or you can request a custom design. All art is designed, printed on your chosen material, and installed by us.

Learn more about Healing Art here.

View our Healing Art collection here.

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5 Ways to Improve Office Acoustics

1. SOFTEN UP HARD SURFACES

From furniture to flooring and layout, it all matters. Every surface either absorbs or reflects sound as it travels through a space. Harder furniture will ultimately reflect noise and carry it beyond cubicles and designated areas.

A great amount of noise pollution can come from flooring surfaces alone. Hard surfaces like natural wood,  porcelain, and ceramic can produce a large amount of sound pollution in an open office space. Our experts recommend any vinyl flooring as a softer alternative.

Soft surfaces for cussioned areas at FIDM, Los Angeles. Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects

Break room style couches and soft plush seat coverings will absorb sound as well as break up an open office. Providing employees with a dedicated quiet space will also help employees understand how to utilize and interact with the space. We will touch on this more!

Lastly, if you plan on making any structural changes to your space, opting for fiberglass or cellulose wall insulation and swapping hollow doors for solid alternatives!

2. OFFER DEDICATED AREAS 

Acoustics suffer most when employees work in an open collaborative environment with few dedicated areas and lack of noise management.

As previously mentioned, using soft furniture as a buffer between loud and quiet areas is very effective.

Dedicated meeting spaces that encourage movement throughout GLG, Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects

Often times, offices will provide conference rooms and breakout areas for small meetings, phone calls, etc. This allows employees to move freely around the space and provides a social structure for team collaborating or working quietly.

Allowing freedom of movement will create a flexible environment that caters to all working styles. The last thing anyone wants in an office is to compromise productivity!

3. INTEGRATION OF ACOUSTIC ART

Divider Panel (left) and Horizontal Wall Mount (right)

If you are past the stages of fabrication for your office and still looking to improve your acoustics, we recommend CoArt by dTank!

Specializing in acoustic art, CoArt offers a wide range of products including branded art, healing art, custom collages, photography, and wall coverings while working closely with you to provide the right acoustical solution for your spatial needs.

Acoustic panel configurations from CoArt by dTank

CoArt’s acoustic panels are very versatile. Divider panels are moveable, and all art is interchangeable.

 The seamless acoustic fabric can reach up to 100 feet long and is dry cleanable as well. Floating panels have the option of single or double sided art. For many office spaces acoustic panels provide the perfect option of privacy and collaboration.

4. PLANTS!

There is something to be said for the power of nature. Plants are known for their endless qualities when it comes to contributing to the well-being of people and places. However, one of their less known attributes is their ability to reduce excess sound!

Leaves, stems, and branches are considered flexible materials which will deflect and refract noise through vibration as it travels.

7 For All Mankind HQ and leafy interior inspiration!

Leafy ferns and fiddle leaf figs are great for contrasting hard surfaces and filling gaps that soft furniture can’t cover. They are much more effective in spaces with hard surfacing such as concrete, marble, or glass as shown above.  Not to mention they are always aesthetically pleasing and create a homey atmosphere for workers and customers alike.

TIPS:
  • Placing a plant in the corner of a room is best, so it can absorb sound as soon as it bounces off of the walls.
  • Several small plants is better than one large one!

5. TEST OUT SOUND MASKING

Depending on company culture, music can be a great way to help people focus while also drowning out distracting chatter, HVAC, and other office noises.

Music can also help a company brand itself and introduce a sensory experience for its employees as well as visitors.

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Masking less popular sounds with more popular ones has proven to be surprisingly effective, especially when it comes to white noise like rainfall or random sounds of nature. This technique is known as sound masking.

It has become increasingly popular for companys who want to drown out unattractive noises, but continue promoting productive conversations.