Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Panels combine FUNCTIONALITY, DECORATION Parasoleil's patterned paneling system can be used in myriad indoor and outdoor applications P arasoleil operates on the belief that func - tion and decoration do not have to be mutually exclusive. The patterned paneling system, inspired by Parasoleil President Uriah Bueller's background in sculpture, creates interactive spaces. Designed to provide shade, lighting and privacy in interior and exterior settings, applications include: overhead shade panels, privacy screens, backlit surfaces, window shut- ters, cabinet door inserts, met- alwork gates and more. "The concept [for the panels] came from wanting to increase space in an outdoor setting that isn't overly warm, doesn't trap the air and still feels like being outside despite cutting a lot of the harsh elements. But it's more than that; it has to do with fram- ing spaces as much as making outdoor spaces usable," Bueller says. "The fact Parasoleil is used indoors is not so much to bring the outside in, but has more to do with trying to partition space in a way that doesn't feel blocked off with a wall or lower- ing the feeling of a ceiling with a dropped ceiling without actually building something solid. Again, it gives you the sense of a wel- coming space without having to really close it in." Using powder-coated alu- minum — other materials are available through the company's customization options — means the panels are durable and designed to be maintenance- free for 20 years. The company created powder coats that mimic the natural patina found on cop- per and a deep bronze that mim- ics a natural-cast bronze piece to further the decorative and approachable feel of the panels. Six standard sizes are avail- able, but the company realizes each project may not fit typical options. "We understand every space is unique, and while that's something of a cliché to say, we spend a lot of time trying to understand what the intent of the architect is, what the vision of the designer is and trying to make sure the specification is held from installation through construction," Bueller says. "Sometimes it's the panel that needs to be customized; some- times it's the installation system that needs to be customized." The patterns can also be custom- ized and adjusted to meet build- ing codes or fire regulations. With all the customiza- tion options available, Bueller explains that Parasoleil's design process is set up to help archi- tects and designers create spaces that feel artistically empowered. The goal with each project is to think through how a space will be used so as to avoid creating a space that is pretty but not func- tional, or a highly usable space no one wants to use because of its appearance, he continues. He and his company are able and willing to help, especially know- ing the materials and ideas to create spaces are unique. "I tell our designers, on-staff architects and engineers that we want to guide architects and designers toward the right tools and materials to make a space in line with what they see," he says. "They are the artist, and we're just helping them through the process." For more information, circle 29 or visit parasoleil.com. QR Parasoleil looks at the popularity in outdoor living as an opportunity to help people enjoy their spaces more comfortably. Photo: Parasoleil 58 August 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PRODUCT SOLUTIONS | By Kacey Larsen

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