The Future of Office Design | Trend 3: Floor-to-Ceiling Space Division Solutions
Trend 3: Floor-to-Ceiling Space Division Solutions
This series of Q&A blog posts explores emerging office design trends with Miller’s Interior Designer Carolann Blanc. In this post, Carolann breaks down the concept of Floor-to-Ceiling Space Division Solutions.
Q: Floor-to-Ceiling Space Division Solutions (FTC solutions) sounds complex. What exactly are FTC Solutions?
A: Basically, FTC solutions are just modular walls. They’re typically used in an office environment to create conference rooms or office walls. They’re very aesthetically pleasing and come in several types of finishes. A client who chooses modular walls over sheet rock, for example, has lots of options in terms of architecture and design.
Q: What problem does FTC solutions solve? Does it come with any challenges?
A: The finishes and materials used in FTC solutions are so varied, depending on your needs and design tastes. And they’re very easily reconfigured, unlike stationary walls. Should your needs change or you’re moving out of an office space into a larger workspace, modular walls can be taken down by professionals and reassembled in the new space. It’s quite versatile.
One of the challenges is the upfront cost. It tends to be more expense than dry wall initially (including the installation), but over time it can save you money because you can literally reconfigure it as your needs change.
Q: Which manufacturers are innovating in this space?
A: Knoll has built a reputation on innovation. Transwall is also especially well-known for having a comprehensive panel system of moveable, glass wall systems. And AIS Matrix has an extensive line of quality, modular walls.
Q: If a client was considering an FTC solution, what’s the best advice you would offer them?
A: When I have a client looking at FTC options, I encourage them to work with a dealer who can recommend a reputable manufacturer. Getting a quote ahead of time is key so it can be included as part of your construction budget. I also recommend that the manufacturer does a site visit to the client so they can see the actual space and help the client implement the best solution.
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