Adding black as a design component is so much more than about style.
We spoke to many health care professionals about what they need in the Next Generation Exam Tables. Over and over they told us that their exam tables are too often clinical and supersized in appearance and intimidating to their patients – perhaps even contributing to elevated heart rates in clinical enviroments. They told us that their patient populations are changing – more bariatric, more elderly and more frail.
And they told us that they want tables and chairs that can accommodate all their patients while appearing smaller, more inviting and less intimidating. They asked to easily move the table to get it out of the way for cleaning or to flex their space.
This was a challenge that we were eager to meet. Our design team explored the best ways to make tables less intimidating, more patient and provider friendly, offer ADA accessibility and 650 lb. weight capacity, and most importantly…
…to appear more like an inviting piece of furniture.
We did it.
The following briefly explains how.
What color can do.
At UMF Medical we use every design tool we have to create products that contribute to a better doctor patient experience.
Visually, warm colors advance toward the viewer and cool colors recede.
Dark colors make an object appear smaller to the viewer. Think “that little black dress”.
Our specific use of black in contrast with the warm beige helps set a more relaxing environment in the medical office.
The black base and center column tend to disappear as the eye is naturally drawn upward by the warm color of the chassis and the cushions.
The blacked-out interior visual hides the guts of the table that can tend to be intimidating.
The black base and column visually reduces the size of the table, making the room it is in seem more spacious.
Eliminating harsh angles and replacing them with rounded corners and soft curves dramatically changes the overall appearance of a Table or Chair. A Dr’s office can be intimidating enough without having the excessively clinical or industrial looking table as the room’s centerpiece.
At UMF Medical, we work at making sure every detail creates the best experience possible for the patient as well for the health care professional.