Customizable furniture system makes healthcare waiting rooms more comfortable

Regard, a new customizable furniture system from Nurture by Steelcase, is comprised of approximately 150 separate components and integrates modular seating, casegood elements, space division, power and tables.

By Healthcare Facilities Today
June 12, 2013

Regard, from Nurture by Steelcase, is a new customizable furniture system that can adapt to a wide variety of healthcare spaces. Regard is comprised of approximately 150 separate components and integrates modular seating, casegood elements, space division, power, and tables.

Regard provides support for the downtime during visits, appointments, procedures, and surgeries. The goal, says Nurture, is to make waiting time productive and provide people the opportunity to engage in activities that matter to them. This may include the ability to plug in a personal device such as a phone or tablet, without being tethered to the wall. Private kiosks and booth settings also allow for watching educational medical videos.

Different arrangements provide the ability to sit in a private or group setting. It also supports multiple seating postures, can be placed in different key spaces and areas within facilities, and allows for various body shapes and sizes to sit comfortably. 

Regard's modular components connect to a frame system with a single tool. Components are elevated from the floor, eliminating redundant legs and structure often found in ganged seating, individual furniture components, and built-in space division (such as half height drywall elements). The system also allows for the re-configurability and replacement of components.

Flexible power locations, integrated tables, and casegood elements provide space and function for users seeking technology in order to be productive. Regard’s painted, laminate and fabric components will be available in a variety of finishes. Launched at Neocon 2013, the system will be available in winter 2013.

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