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Designing safe surface solutions for the classroom

When designing surface solutions for education facilities, safety needs to be paramount, but style can’t be forgotten either.

  • Staron used as laboratory classroom benchtops at the University of Queensland. Design by: Luke Pendergast, Conrad Gargett. Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones.

  • Reception clad in Staron at university.

  • Desktop created with Staron.

  • Bathroom facilities featuring wall cladding in Staron Solid Surfaces.

  • Bathroom facilities featuring wall cladding in Staron Solid Surfaces.

The design of modern education facilities is a tricky one to be sure. They need to be functional and practical, but the days of unsightly classrooms and plain boxes are a thing of the past – replaced with aesthetically charming and unique spaces. The surface solutions for these spaces present a specific challenge – and opportunity. This modern surface space is what inspired Staron when they created their patented surface solutions.

Staron is Greenguard Certified to support good indoor air quality and Greenguard Gold Certified as a low-emitting interior building material. When used in educational environments, from early childhood and daycare to K-12 and tertiary education, Staron is the perfect surface solution for unlimited applications in the education industry.

Vienna University featuring Staron wall cladding.

The chemical resistance of Staron makes for suitable surface solutions for high chemical and germ areas such as science room lab benchtops or cooking space work areas. Designers can create clean and hygienic workspaces by using Staron integrated sinks that inconspicuously join to the benchtop with no open joins. The result is a monolithic bench space that is durable and will look great for many years.

Another area that Staron surface solutions can work in within the education sphere is restrooms. No doubt a high traffic environment, restrooms in educational facilities require a renewable and non-porous surface that doesn’t promote the growth of mould, mildew or bacteria – all features inherit to Staron.

Staron creates a tree-like structure in a library. The base is formed into seats so that visitors can ‘sit under a tree’ as they read.

From toilet partitions and integrated vanity bowls and tops to integrated student desks, cafeteria tables and stools – Staron’s renewable, safe, clean and stylish surface solutions are more than capable for the job.

Staron Solid Surfaces is comprised of a safe natural and pure mineral derived from bauxite ore and blended with an advanced pure acrylic resin, resulting in a versatile and premium surface material. Staron does not contain harmful silica like other materials do. It is suitable for endless applications in a commercial or residential project. With a silk-like finish and a range of over 90 colours to select from, Staron is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing. All this comes in an environmentally sustainable material, with a 10 Year Limited Warranty. Staron Solid Surfaces provides a design solution that pushes the boundaries of design.

Staron clad to library shelving and computer work station.

Staron clad to library shelving and computer work station.

Outdoor educational sculptures designed by Alex Miles.

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