• Long wall-mounted whiteboard with cartoon graphic of a city with people, animals, and vehicles, mounted to a wall in an office
  • Japanese-style office lounge space with wooden floor, natural rock walls, wooden couches, and chalkboard with drawings on opposite wall
  • Office library with bookshelves full of books and supplies, wooden conference table with chairs, and wall-mounted whiteboard covered in printed graphics of a cartoon city
  • Children’s library with small bookcases, reference desk with computer and chair, and wall-mounted whiteboards with printed graphics
  • Reference desk at children’s library with computer, nearby bookcases, and wall-mounted whiteboard with printed graphic of cartoon hedgehog reading a book
  • Close-up detail of pop-art style singing bird graphic printed on wall-mounted whiteboard
  • Large wall-mounted frameless whiteboard with accessory holder and printed graphic of cartoon girl surrounded by animals and items in lower corner
  • Frameless whiteboard mounted to wall in library with printed graphics of a cartoon city and child-like scribble drawing of the moon

Japan-based SmartEd specializes in the import and distribution of educational materials specifically for bilingual and international schools throughout the country. Their focus ranges from American and English textbooks to teaching aids, classroom furniture, chalkboards and whiteboards, library books, online content and more. Passionate about the quality and durability of CeramicSteel whiteboards and chalkboards, SmartEd elected to install several Collaborative Worktools, including Sans frameless whiteboards and Flow full wall whiteboards, in their showroom to support teamwork and idea sharing. SmartEd founder Jason Good said “We like CeramicSteel because it brings a real presence to the room, especially when it’s printed. Both the surface and the edges have a clean look to them and make the room look very professional. If we were to install an alternative, it wouldn’t have the same quality and would have a less sophisticated look. When customers come to our office, the first thing they usually look at is the printed whiteboards. It really has a way of drawing people’s attention, and has become both the artistic and functional focal point of each room.” Several of the installations were digitally printed with custom designs created by SmartEd and Kaoru Taguchi to add a touch of playfulness to each space. Inspiration for the designs came from the core of their business, supplying books to schools. SmartEd wanted images reflecting books, education and creativity, so many of the images include books, while the layout on the surface was designed not to interfere with writing space.

Partner: SmartEd

Client: SmartEd Japan

Installer: Dezao Kensetsu

Designer: SmartEd, Kaoru Taguchi

Completion Date: Spring 2019

Product Used: Sans, Flow