Access floors have been used in many industries for decades. The technology is not the most glamorous or cutting edge. It's a floor. You walk on it. You put desks and tables and chairs on it. You can run cables inside of it.
But other than that, access flooring isn't really a work of art. Sure, we have to make sure the components fit together properly and that it can withstand heavy loads, but all of that is more science and engineering than art.
I have found, though, that a raised floor can be the framework on which a work of art can be created.
Much like Illustrator is the tool used by the artist to create some of the incredible art you see showcased here, the raised access floor is the base on which architects and engineers build some of today's greatest buildings.
An access floor is the framework which the IT department uses to run cables and wires, hidden away from sight, to allow the real heroes (the team members) to do what they do best.
But I don't want to kid myself, designing and manufacturing access flooring doesn't make me an artist. Nonetheless, it still makes me proud to see a Netfloor USA access floor being installed in a building.
I wrote a post on our website describing how an access floor can change the way you work, and this applies to artists, programmers and engineers alike.
The cover image shows how an access floor can be used in a retail store--in this case, a mobile phone retailer.
This is where things get creative. This is where it gets exciting.
I understand that the floor itself isn't the end goal. The end goal is to give the users the flexibility to create unique work spaces. The goal is to enable our customers to create works of art to better engage their customers.
Sure, we can talk about weight ratings and raised floor panel construction until we're blue in the face, but at the end of the day, no matter how left brain-oriented you are, walking into a building where wires and cables are hidden away in the floor is aesthetically pleasing.
You feel like the space was created just for you. There is no fuss, no mess, nothing to arrange. You can just get to work, creating.