Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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3 2 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 2017 PRODUCT GUIDE CEILINGS K itchens excluded, there may be no more hardworking area of a restaurant than its ceiling. Much of that has to do with what lies beyond: Ceilings often hide a chaotic, crammed-in collection of mission-critical mechanical and wiring systems. They anchor most of the lighting in a restaurant and strongly influence acoustics, ef- fectively helping to soften a dining room's din or, in many cases, adding to it when ceilings are high and finishes are hard. In buildings with tall, open spaces, strategically placed sections of drop ceiling or floating cloud elements can provide intimacy, absorb sound and help to organize the space. Using different ceiling treatments in different areas or zones of a restaurant can do so as well. Increasingly, ceilings are seen as a final frontier for adding unique, wow- factor design elements to restaurant in- teriors. Designers are embracing ceilings by using a fantastic array of materials and design approaches to turn them into virtual works of art right alongside cre- ative wall treatments and other specialty decor elements — and they're creating Instagram-worthy features in the process. Given their need to multitask, however, a variety of factors must be carefully weighed when considering de- signs and materials choices. These start with basic ceiling height and budget but also include questions of sound absorp- tion and reflectivity qualities, color and texture, code considerations, sustainabil- ity, ongoing maintenance, lighting, and contributions to overall interior design. New MetalWorks Mesh Designs Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has added 14 new designs to its MetalWorks mesh panels portfolio. The 24-by-24-inch panels visually create an illusion of a narrow grid reveal us- ing standard 15 /16-inch suspension. Available in 10 finishes, including the new antiqued nickel-plated option, they're flexible enough to use as accent borders, clouds or full ceilings. Custom colors are also available. When backed with black acoustic infill panels, MetalWorks mesh panels provide sound absorption of up to 0.85 NCR while hiding the plenum. They're easily installed on a standard suspension system with borders or finished edges. Armstrong Ceiling Solutions Indoor or Outdoor Decorative Panels Parasoleil offers decorative yet durable and safe panels that can be used for overhead applications, including as an indoor design feature or outdoor shading. The panels are designed to withstand the elements, including wind and snow. Powder coated with UV-resistant formulas, both Parasoleil panels and the Parasoleil Bracket System protect from corrosion and sun exposure. The Parasoleil Bracket System offers a simplified and universal installation system of panels, no matter the application. Panels can be designed with the choice of 50 standard patterns and 17 powder-coated finishes or to custom- ers' specifications upon request. Parasoleil

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