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SMART SURROUNDINGS
WALL, FLOOR AND OTHER COVERINGS STIMULATE ACTION AND REACTION.
BY MARK KISSLING

T always amuses
me to watch the
couples featured
on HGTV's
"Love It or List
It" announce,
upon entry to
a new room of a house they're being
shown, "Well, that wallpaper has got
to go!" It's often a valid point, but my
amusement stems from the distance
that wallpaper has travelled along its
value spectrum - through no fault of
its own, mind you - from loved by
the previous owners to immediately
listed for replacement by the potential
new ones. It's evident that we want
our interior surroundings to be our
choices, not someone else's. We want
our walls, windows, ceilings and
floors to make us feel safe, warm,

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MANAGING EDITOR

happy, entertained and inspired.
The same is true for our work and
public spaces. It's well established that
vinyl wallcoverings introduce branding and corporate identity benefits to
office environments, including color
schemes, images, messages, logos and
more; productivity can also be positively influenced. Conversely, work
environments lacking comfortable,
branded and stimulating surroundings
lose those opportunities. Interior wallcoverings of public spaces similarly
affect their inhabitants. If you're like
me, you've probably felt vaguely sick
inside public buildings with walls
painted "institutional yellow."
PROJECTING THE POSITIVE
This brings us to the Baltimore Library
Project, which invests in community

infrastructure improvements - books,
technology, staffing and even food
assistance - to improve its patrons'
lives. Backed by a $10 million commitment from The Harry and Jeanette
Weinberg Foundation combined
with more than 40 local government
and business entities, the Project
launched in the summer of 2011.
Partially because printed wall, floor
and ceiling graphics are among its
tasks, the Project tapped Dan Proctor
of Kirk Designs Inc. (Baltimore) to
produce kid-friendly concepts for
the first few library branches to be
renovated. In turn, Proctor collaborated with Baltimore-based Stuckey
Design and Company B Design, as well
as Dave Gimbel, owner of Signs by
Tomorrow Alexandria (SBTA; Alexandria, VA). "We all worked closely



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