When OFS Brands designed their new Los Angeles showroom, they tapped Pam Light, pL-D Studio, and Klawiter and Associates to help shape it. OFS is a family owned, community driven company that has been providing socially responsible furniture and logistics solutions since 1937. It was important that their showroom have a truly refined aesthetic that preserved existing architectural elements—a spatial metaphor for their modern product offerings and their rich heritage.
A key component of pulling this design trick off was the thoughtful selection of interior finishes. With this in mind, OFS and friends looked at sliding door hardware for their glazed-in conference room. Krownlab’s Ragnar sliding door hardware system immediately stood out. Not only was it designed for complete compatibility with glass, but its premium Black Stainless finish fit perfectly with the showroom’s overall interior design.
“We really loved the look and craft of the Krownlab hardware over other brands,” said Nicole Durcholz, an Interior Designer at OFS. “The material options were a huge differentiator for us. We didn’t want the typical brushed stainless steel that most companies offer. We wanted the hardware to speak to the environment it was in, so Krownlab was an easy decision for our team.”
CREATING THE IDEAL FLOW
The LA Showroom is meant to be a functional tool for OFS to exhibit all of their office solutions to potential clients. The space gets lots of daily foot traffic and flow was a major consideration. It was crucial that their stunning glass curtain-walled conference room not impede people.
“We wanted to maintain a clean aesthetic while also maximizing floor space,” Durcholz said. “The way our conference room was designed, we wanted people to be able to easily flow through it without having to always go around it. The sliding doors made the most sense.”
The conference room’s wide glass doors on either side provide a multitude of space options. Both fully opened, both fully closed, or any combination in between. And because of the Ragnar system’s ease of use—featuring an engineered polymer track cap for smooth, effortless, quiet door travel—foot traffic never reaches a bottleneck.
“The integration of Krownlab hardware in the space made that idea come to life,” Dulchotz said. “We have client tours coming in and out of the showroom all day so the fact that people can move easily through the space when learning about our products is great. We’re very pleased with the result.”
"WE WANTED THE HARDWARE TO SPEAK TO THE ENVIRONMENT IT WAS IN, SO KROWNLAB WAS AN EASY DECISION FOR OUR TEAM.”
-Nicole Durcholz, Interior Designer at OFS
CHOOSING LIKE-MINDED PARTNERS
OFS Brands is a family owned and operated company that has been around for eight decades. They chose the historic PacMutual building in Downtown Los Angeles for their showroom to speak to the culture and heritage of the brand. It was important that they outfit their new space with offerings from companies that shared their obsession for stunning aesthetics and obsessive craftsmanship.
“We really appreciate the quality and craft of the Ragnar hardware,” Dulchotz said. “That’s something that we’re proud of in our own furniture so it was great to work with a company who values those same characteristics as much as we do. It was obvious that each piece was carefully made to create an overall stunning result.”
The Ragnar sliding door hardware system is a worthy partner for OFS’s high standard of quality. Not only does it bear Krownlab’s industry leading 10-year warranty, the system has been tested through a million plus open and close cycles. This ensures Ragnar is worthy of OFS’s first eight decades of high quality work and has the pedigree to be in their showroom for the next eight too.
“Working with the Krownlab team was a positive experience,” Dulchotz said. “From start to finish, our team felt very informed and confident that our end product would be beautiful. Customer Service and Support was reliable and helpful and the install of the product was seamless. We’re excited for our next collaboration with the Krownlab team.”
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