The residential aged care sector in Australia has come a long way from the institutional models of the past with today’s modern facilities set in master planned communities and designed to offer a high quality of life to residents.

More than a quarter of a million Australians currently live in residential aged care – a figure that will increase exponentially over the next 25 years. The savvy ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, which is headed towards retirement, can afford to continue their current standard of living in their retired lives. To meet these expectations, retirement facilities have transformed into exclusive all-inclusive community spaces complete with salons, dining rooms and gyms as well as contemporary and luxurious residential units featuring high end products and materials.

German company Holz in Form specialises in creating high quality and unique timber products for architectural interior design applications, including the aged care sector. Holz in Form’s decorative timber panels are highly textural, creating a visual and tactile experience within a space – characteristics that also meet design needs in aged care environments.

Having created timber panels for their local furniture industry for over 40 years, Holz in Form has now grown to supply a global market. By coordinating and communicating with leading designers and architects, the company is positioned at the cutting edge of new and emerging trends in the aged care sector. Surface Squared is the exclusive Australian supplier for Holz in Form.

With their extensive experience and knowledge of the Australian industry, Surface Squared is well equipped to provide a sense of normality within the senior living environment, offering a range of products including Holz in Form timber panels.

The Holz in Form panel is made up of an MDF substrate overlaid with multiple layers of timber veneers or finished in a lacquer. These textures are called ‘structures’ and are inspired by elements found throughout nature. Their distinctive textural look interplays with light and shadow, delivering both a visual as well as tactile experience to aged care residents.