The Write Stuff
In today's corporate world, meeting spaces can be a premium commodity; whether a traditional meeting room or a place for a quick touchdown, these spaces are usually being used. Here at M+A we find ourselves frequently needing to have a quick gathering, make a few notes or sketches with our colleagues or clients, and then keep trucking along with our day. So to make the best use of our space we decided to use a product that is becoming more prevalent in the corporate design world.
IdeaPaint was introduced to the design community several years ago; created to be better than traditional dry-erase surfaces which over time yellow, become uncleanable, or "ghost." The idea for IdeaPaint is that you can use virtually any surface to be able to take notes on and use for a meeting; no longer limiting you to specific spaces or material lengths, and cost effective over markerboards. At first, IdeaPaint only came in white or white. Now, however, you can get the product in various shades of white/cream, black and transparent. All wall surfaces can now be used as a dry-erase surface so that you really can take notes or have a meeting anywhere.
We decided to add IdeaPaint to two of our conference rooms at M+A and to our design library. The conference rooms had previously had corkboards on the walls, to be able to pin up our sketches, but we found that we needed a place to be able to also generate those sketches to the group. So we took the cork areas down and repainted with IdeaPaint. Now the conference rooms can be used even more effectively to capture and discuss ideas that can be drawn, wiped away, or added to. In our design library ideas and concepts flourish, so having a writable / drawing space on the wall has helped extend our ability to come up with our design solutions.
Overall feedback from our team at M+A has been positive about the new way to use our meeting room spaces. Our clients have also enjoyed seeing the product and its application as we talk about how it can help their new spaces. For more information you can visit IdeaPaint's website at here.
by Mark Bryan
Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Certified Futurist
A leader and catalyst of innovation and research at M+A, Mark strives to discover ways in which spatial design and technology integration can influence users in a positive way. Mark enjoys exploring design trends and his approach to design is largely influenced by cultural changes and shifts that occur in the world, whether they are major trends or subtle cues.