What if our built environment could enhance our well-being and the planet’s, too?
We are innately drawn to the natural world because it does us good. Views of nature enhance healing. Natural light promotes better learning. There’s a name for this, coined by renowned biologist E.O. Wilson: biophilia. It’s the theory that humans have a biological need to connect with nature and that this connection affects our well-being, productivity and relationships. It gave rise to biophilic design, an offshoot of the sustainability movement that seeks to integrate nature and structure, even in the most urban spaces. At Interface, we use design to bridge the gap between these seemingly divergent environments. We’re at the vanguard of a new aesthetic that is technologically versatile, environmentally responsible and inspired by the natural world.
Two of our recent global product collections incorporate materials, patterns and methods that evoke the natural order. Urban Retreat™ visually explores where concrete gives way to grass, contrasting the deeply carved character of an old-growth tree against the architecture of a manmade grid. Our ocean inspired Net Effect™ styles describe the precise moment when the sea foams into the shore and capture the fluidity of water with a shared colour palette drawn from the deepest ocean blues to the sun and salt bleached wood and stones of the shore. All this is accomplished with as much as 81% total recycled content, up to 35% of which is post-consumer, so the benefits extend well beyond the aesthetics.