The January/February issue of At Home in Arkansas is filled with design inspiration and resources from around the state. We also had the pleasure of showcasing the award-winning designs of Arkansas members of the American Society of Interior Designers in our 2013 Design Book. Each week throughout January and February, we’re showcasing a few of our favorites. Today’s room comes from the ASID Winner for Commercial: Healthcare design, Julie Wait Fryauf, ASID of Julie Wait Designs.
For this newly built 55,000-square-foot clinic, the client requested a clean and functional, yet tranquil environment that would comfort and uplift patients of the comprehensive cancer treatment center. Drawing on the idea that a connection with nature promotes healing, Fryauf based her material selections on natural elements. Creamy white walls reflect natural light, while natural elements and organic blues were used on the furniture and finishes. Fresh, bright hues and motifs were selected in lieu of muddy colors, which can cause anticipatory nausea. The client requested artwork from local artists, so Fryauf curated a 140-piece collection of original artwork, giclÃ©e prints, photography and other media from regional artists. The large-scale art pieces feature realistic and serene images of nature, designed to strengthen and soothe patients.