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June 25, 2007 -
Using specialty ceilings as an artistic element is one of the latest trends in commercial design. By integrating materials as diverse as wood, metal, plastic, acrylic and glass into unusual forms and shapes, these unconventional ceilings not only make visual statements, but also enhance the emotional feel of a space.
Case in point: An advertising agency in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile wanted to modernize its 600-square-foot boardroom to fit with the company’s advertising visions — bold colors and cropped images. Designers for the project decided one way to add the “pop” factor the agency, DRAFT FCB, wanted was to use a specialty ceiling that incorporates three-dimensional shapes, cool colors and creative lighting.
The firm decided on USG’s TOPO three-dimensional system. The 12-by-24-foot translucent ceiling features 24-inch panels that transform the flat ceiling plane into an undulating landscape without overpowering the 12-by-38-foot space. The ceiling also accents a long conference table, plasma and video screens, and tack board surfaces.