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Today’s feature is the first appearance by a contributing author on Ballista Magazine. Johannah Rivers McDaniel is a recent graduate from the Interior Design program at Purdue University, and today she reflects on a firm that was an inspiration during her studies.
I first visited Maregatti Interiors as a sophomore in Purdue’s Interior Design program. The President of the firm, Ana Pinto-Alexander, is a Purdue alumni, and she took the time to meet our class and give us a tour of their office. This visit was the most memorable and motivational experience of my four years in the interior design program. Maregatti Interiors has continued to grow and accomplish great things since my visit. The booming commercial design firm recently expanded to both Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri.
Maregatti is a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) that is recognized in the Midwest primarily for their design in healthcare. They are very environmentally conscious in their designs and focus on being “green” and being sustainable throughout the entire design process. Half of the members of the design team at Maregatti are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited.
The firm collaborates with consultants from several different fields, including lighting specialists who help provide an energy efficient space, acoustical and signage consultants, graphic designers, and artists to fit the specific needs of their clients. The firm even has registered nurses on their design team to help with the practical design aspects of healthcare facilities. Maregatti applies these principles to everything they design, including learning institutions, office spaces, and churches.
Maregatti’s design scheme focuses on making patients feel at ease. To create this feeling, they use natural light, open floor plans, and colors which create a calm and soothing atmosphere such as neutrals, blues, and greens. The organic shape of the walls, the pattern of the shapes in the floor, and the light fixtures all help to make the patients feel as comfortable as possible.