Jerry Smith Flooring and Design Center works with builders on all different types of projects. While most of the time we talk about our Residential work with various local builders, that is not the only type of flooring project we work on. We also work with the various Health Care and Physicians’ offices here in Indian River county. For light industrial and office buildouts, we have some of the latest in flooring offerings, from the newer linoleum to vinyl plank flooring.
To that end, we are always looking at what the current trends are, and what the flooring and design trends will be coming in the near future. It was interesting to read a post on Floor Trends Magazine about the recent design show, NeoCon. I particularly liked what they said about the evolution of design in commercial and office spaces.
“Commercial interiors continue to take cues biophilic design, incorporating the feeling of raw materials, natural light, vegetation, scenic views and other outdoor experiences into the modern built environment. Research continues to show that this makes employees happier and more productive. Several manufacturers at NeoCon incorporated these design principles into their flooring introductions.
“We hired a consultant to ask what designers and architects look for when they incorporate biophilic design ideas into the built environment,” said Russ Rogg, president of Metroflor. The company created product cards that describe how Metroflor’s products can be used by an architect or designer in those environments influenced by biophilic design.
“At this stage, biophlia and biophilic design is extremely new,” Rogg said. “We are not getting tremendous number of inquiries, but I might liken it to the sustainability journey, which all of us as product manufacturers are on. Ten years ago, it wasn’t in everyone’s lexicon as it is today. Biophilic design is in those beginning stages. ….
Interface’s Global Change collection reflects the human need to seek out nature and brings these qualities to commercial interiors. “Designers are no longer designing for the building owner; they are designing for the people who are living and working in that space,” said Kari Pei, product designer for Interface. “They need to have options and flexibility and they need to have ways to tell the user how to behave in multiple areas within one space.”
If you are wondering what the term “biophilic” means, it is simply this” people need nature, a biophilic form of design incorporates more of nature into design, and make a workspace or home more pleasing, inviting and more natural.
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