Gleaming smiles all round. Dental teeth filling manufacturing specialist SDI engaged Icon Interiors to undertake a workplace strategy review in the head office ground floor. A huge transformation from siloed & rabbit warren design to a collaborative workspace with multiple acoustic mitigation strategies & optimized ergonomics. Once the ‘dentist drill’ demolition team had removed the problem structures that had forced the original design, the new ‘fillings’ of targeted work zone lighting, floor graphic wayfinding in the carpet design to delineate spaces, double glazing for acoustic management adjoining the R&D department, and electric height adjustable workstations constructed in beautiful American oak, with multiple acoustic buffer blades & a crisp white kitchenette recharge zone. Given the association with teeth, the kitchen deploys white tapware, custom white Billi hot & cold filtered water unit, white Caesarstone benchtop & splashback & white matt cabinetry. A gleaming result with bite!

Grinning from ear to ear! Transforming the poky, dark, musty, mouldy Finance & IT areas into a spacious, energetic hub was hugely satisfying for the ICON INTERIORS team. SDI, an international dental manufacturing company based in Bayswater, Victoria, calls a large building home which has been extended and adapted organically as they grew. This meant that the working quarters for IT & Finance, somewhat ad hoc, ended up very pigeonholed and shut up away from natural light.

Prompted by the rising mould, which was coming through the compromised slab, SDI contacted us to transform the unwelcoming workspace into something great.

From the very first meeting, we were impressed by the family feel of the multi-national company. They have very long-term employees, and the management team genuinely care about the staff.

Prompted by the spaces’ distance from natural light, the Design Team created a blue- infused palette for this Medical fitout in Melbourne to invoke the sky and clear spring days. Stunning American Oak veneer, fresh white powdercoat, custom upholstered Italian chairs in varying shades of blue and the organically textured Lichen carpet from Mohawk Carpets unite to make the space feel calm and pleasant, a far cry from the previous, draining grey on grey combination. On the walls, painted in neutral grey & soft blue stripes, is Troldtekt panelling, which is cement- bonded wood wool. As well as providing a subtle natural texture to the space, this product is incredible for acoustics, reducing echo and sound transfer across the open plan workspace. Combined with the acoustic screens on each desk, this creates enough sound deadening for the two central collaboration tables to be used without disrupting others around them.

In the new meeting room, double glazed walls assist with the overarching acoustic mitigation strategy, soundproofing from the adjoining R&D manufacturing sector just across the passage. This also enables a connection from the office staff to the manufacturing side of the company.

Both the offices & the open plan spaces have electric height adjustable sit/stand desks to enable 100% customisation by each user of the spaces. Fully ergonomic office chairs (vs. synchronised- do not get fooled by people touting them as safe to sit on all day! see blog here) and acoustic screens, which rise with the desk, create a fully functional and hygienic space. Through our custom joinery manufacturing capabilities, we created desktops & modesty panels in the offices, which transform the electric sit/ stand frame into an executive style unit.

The sleek kitchen took inspiration from what SDI is all about- teeth! Bright white surfaces including Polar White Polytec laminate cupboards, custom powdercoated Billi hot & cold unit, white tap, Carysil white sink & slimline white lip pull handles evoke a dental image without being clinical. The sink is undermounted, allowing the Snow white Caesarstone benchtop (also used on the splashback) to conceal the edges.  A generous bar fridge, dishwasher and microwave complete the well-equipped kitchen.

Transforming the dank, uninspiring rabbit warren into a bright, airy space for the Finance & IT teams was endlessly rewarding!  A leading dental manufacturer, the SDI Medical Fitout Melbourne was a pleasure to transform - we loved working with the team at SDI and admire their mission, your smile, our vision. 

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