The James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center

Themed Environments, Experiential Environment, Parks & Recreation, Case Studies

Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Interpretive Planning & Exhibit Design: Jennifer Rigby, The Acorn Group
Creative Direction & Exhibit Design: Laura Stahlberg, SoLa Creative
Fabrication: Gene Smith, Exhibitree, Inc.

Working with the Laguna Canyon Foundation and Laguna College of Art and Design, The Acorn Group and SoLa Creative set out to design an exhibit program that represented a different approach to interpretation. Sounds, stories, tactile experiences, and rich imagery combined to fulfill the learning behaviors and interests of adults and children alike.

During the planning process, the designers realized that vibrant, eye-catching color, and vibrant graphics would be critical to the success of the exhibit. The exhibit’s “hands-on” aspect would also require a material that could withstand high use and high traffic while retaining its visual appeal over many years.  That’s why they chose iZone’s durable Custom High Pressure Laminate (CHPL) to showcase some of their exhibits.

In describing their relationship with iZone, Jennifer Rigby, director at Acorn Group, and Laura Stahlberg, Principal at Sola Creative said, “We have been working with iZone for close to 20 years and they’ve always been our first choice for CHPL.”