INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS: MONOCHROME

The What and the Why

2018 has seen the rise of monochrome palettes. This stylistic choice layers shades of the same color for a calming, minimalist interior. The pay off for the sheer discipline this requires is an air of clean sophistication.

For Example

The Wireless Experience in Manahawkin, NJ dropped a multi-colored interior concept in favor of the timeless sophistication of monochrome. The multi-functionality of the neutral-toned palette leaves the business and owner comfortable room for sustained professionalism, no matter where their work leads.

The strict boundaries of a monochrome style still leave room for unique expression. Precise, the business behind the designs, incorporated complimentary decor that left a big impact on the space without detracting from a minimal feel. Bold, enlarged lettering covers the walls. Sleek, modern lighting fixtures both illuminate and impress from above. Wall-to-ceiling graphics sit comfortably within the guidelines of their palette, neither distracting nor forgettable. Every piece fits in its environment while retaining personality and creativity.

PRECISE INSIGHTS: ZONE DEFENSE, INC.

Precise tackles projects of all kinds: big, small, local, and national, from franchises to private businesses and singular spaces to expansive store floors. Another facet of our business, however, is collaboration. So when Zone Defense sought an extra hand on a millwork job at the Harborside office complex in Jersey City, Precise was more than happy to join in.

Read on to meet the President of Zone Defense and our very own Production Manager. And don’t forget to peek at those jaw-dropping finish photos. They truly demonstrate the value of professional dedication, if I do say so myself.

“A State-of-the-Art Quality & Client-Driven Business”

Zone Defense is a wood-working company, founded in 1942 in New Jersey and complete with a multi-generational family background. George Mandas stands as the forefront of the company today, having donned the presidential mantel back in 1990. Time has altered the age-old business aspirations for expansion. Under George’s presidency, Zone Defense actually scaled back. They turned their attention away from “more, more, more”. The focus instead moved toward increased variety and fresh challenges in their work and Tri-state client base.

This touches on what makes Zone Defense special, a unique snowflake in the bustling world of millwork, if you will. George explains that his business maintains an edge over the competition through “number one, our dedication and our involvement in the project”. Rather than sit back in his office, George becomes personally involved in every job. This, and an overall emphasis on quality, has earned Zone Defense a foundation of trust at the base of all their client relationships.

Creating a Space that Stops Visitors in their Tracks

As explained by George, the company produces far more than cabinets and desks. Their furnishings extend to teller lines, bandit barriers, and millwork (oh my!). With their ambitious will to overcome fresh challenges in mind, Zone Defense took on a highly complex and detailed project for Harborside in Jersey City. This project took millwork from their list of professional know-how and added an additional dash of creativity and “wow” factor to the mix.

That’s all a bit vague, I know, so allow me to elaborate. The job specifically required designing the ground-level entrance to a tenant space at Harborside. The client needed the design to leave a strong impression on visitors. George immediately set out with his team to plan a hallway they wouldn’t soon forget.

The only snag was he had to do it quickly. Tthe assignment grew into a rush job with a sort of soft opening party looming in the near future.

Joining Forces

As the project moved forward, George realized he needed to recruit extra hands to meet client deadlines and produce the quality Zone Defense prides itself on. He found that assistance in Precise, collaborating with our team on designs, mock-ups, engineering and technical planning, and physical manufacturing. It should come as no surprise that our two companies made an excellent team. Our Production Manager, Kevin Strohl, personally mirrored some of George’s top business values. When asked what his personal goals were for our work with Zone Defense, Kevin reported that he aimed for, “precision, time, and quality.” Match = made.

Both George and Kevin described the project as complex and highly detailed. Roughly 800 pieces of plywood, provided by Zone Defense, passed through the hands of both companies’ warehouse teams. The millwork design that would eventually cover an entire wall and most of the ceiling in the entrance hall included many, many pieces (as you can see above). Kevin described the project as “a massive puzzle”. He added with relief that the Precise engineering department did an excellent job, thus ensuring the process ran as smoothly as possible.

Kevin specifically credits Paul Clymer, an Engineer here at Precise, as an important piece of our success. George seconded that commendation with one of his own. Paul worked closely with George’s own drafting expert, Jeff, to make Zone Defense’s client’s dreams transform into tangible reality. Those nearly daily conversations contributed to the fantastic levels of communication that smoothed the way toward the job’s completion.

Don’t we all Love a Happy Ending?

Precise manufactured the ceiling and top section of the wall while Zone Defense handled all the rest. After Precise assisted with the delivery, Zone Defense spent 3 days straight installing the designs on-site. With hardly two hours of break time in-between, George and his team walked away from a fully completed plaza space, leaving their thrilled clientele behind.

And that, dear readers, concludes yet another professional venture.

 

PRECISE INSIGHTS: VERSATILE STRANDS SALON & SPA

Precise brings creative vision and bold design to every client, no matter the scale or project at hand. While we travel to and work with businesses all over the country, we love opportunities to focus on Lehigh Valley community brands. We got just that chance with Versatile Strands Salon & Spa in Bethlehem, PA. Read on to meet Rosie Rebimbas, hair stylist and business owner, as well as Maria Pinho from our own Precise family. Most importantly, get the scoop on a graphics and millwork experience closer to home.

Even a quick glance at Versatile Strands’ official Facebook page reveals much: a steady 5-star rating, over a thousand faithful followers, and more than two thousands samples of the professional team’s stunning results. For a better understanding of the business and the passion poured into their daily work, we reached out to the salon’s owner, Rosie Rebimbas.

First, Some Background

Just over a decade ago, Versatile Strands hit Bethlehem’s East 3rd Street with a bang. Rosie happily remarked that “time goes so fast when you love what you do”. That love is what led her down the path of cosmetology school, where she received her license in 1997. That’s 21 years of valuable experience, not counting the experience she gained in childhood. She told Precise that she styled her own hair as a young girl. She began self-training in her craft by practicing haircuts on her younger cousins. Laughing, she added, “Those poor boys”. Hey, they contributed to the noble cause of her styling dreams, so it all worked out for the best.

Spa – Salon – Skin Care Service

With so many customers leaving raving reviews online, we couldn’t help but ask Rosie what drives her business model and her team. She expresses pride not only in keeping up on the beauty industry’s latest trends, but also in a close-knit staff and the above-and-beyond service they’re able to provide together:

“Our main focus is to always stay on top of the latest trends and techniques. I have the most amazing girls on my team. We can truly say that we are sisters. What’s better than going to work every day to hang out with your best friends and make our guests beautiful all day? We don’t just give them great hair. When they visit, they get a whole experience – the crazy conversation, the roasting between each other, and free therapy sessions. It’s always a great time.”

As a woman who stands as a sister and a leader, Rosie even supports her staff beyond their present responsibilities. Naturally, she aspires to continue growing her business, but she aims to help her team grow as well. “Their talent is incredible and eventually I would love to have them become educators and chase their dreams,” she says.

How Precise Stepped In

Our Lead Account Coordinator, Maria Pinho, was more than happy to recommend Precise when her longtime friend sought to improve the ascetic of Versatile Strands. The project was smooth sailing on both ends, leaving an ecstatic Rosie with fully customized furnishings. Maria explained that the goal for this project was to capture a sense of high functionality in every piece.

The assigned team set to familiarizing themselves with the beauty industry to create both visual and functional representations of Rosie’s business concept in roughly one month’s time, from design through installation. Rosie expresses widespread satisfaction with our work. She says, “Our guests are in shock when they walk through our doors. The compliments are nonstop. I’m happy to say the salon’s design finally compliments our work.” Precise achieved convenience and an improved work flow to boot, with Rosie reporting that the new furnishings “[have] made our appointments run smoother and [they] gave the salon that industrial glam appearance we were looking for. Our expectations are beyond met”.

At Precise, we aim for bulls-eye accuracy when tackling our clients’ business space dreams; We wouldn’t be satisfied with anything less.