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Can Flooring be Interactive?

30 April, 2015

With a brief to introduce the most innovative and interactive features ever before seen in Korea, the Lotte World Mall development by Benoy Architecture, Planning, Interiors and Graphics in collaboration with Interface, have crafted the world’s first interactive flooring. Billed as “one of the most anticipated and talked about developments in Korea,” Benoy’s associate director,…

Sick Building Syndrome and the Importance of Good Air Quality

20 April, 2015

We are all familiar with the term ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ as a term that is bandied around to imply an unhealthy environment to be in. But what makes a building ‘sick’? And what are its effects? Sick Building Syndrome affects the well-being of those who spend time within it. The symptomatic effects are a sore…

Sunlight and Nature: Positive Medication in Healthcare Spaces

17 April, 2015

It is almost impossible to discuss biophilic design in healthcare without mentioning this 1981 seminal study on recovery times during post operative care after gall bladder surgery by professor Roger Ulrich of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. This fascinating study investigates whether a view out to nature from their room had any effect on…

Why the ‘Designed Experience’ is so Vital to the Post-GFC World

16 April, 2015

Japanese design house Nendo recently teamed up with international fashion label BEIGE to remind the world why ‘experience’ in design is so important. A concept store for international fashion house, BEIGE has been newly opened in the Tamagawa Takashimaya shopping centre in suburban Tokyo. The store has been crafted by minimalist heroes, Nendo, as a multi-functional…

Can Flooring Define The Boundaries Of A Space?

3 April, 2015

With limited space and lead time, the flooring of the Monash University project proved that carpet tile can indeed define the prescribed functions of a space. Undertaken within an astonishingly tight deadline of two weeks, the Monash University Australian Law Faculty, Clayton Campus project by Dasch Associates in Melbourne, was incredibly successful. This humble little…

Biophilia: Sustainability Meets Health & Well-Being

27 March, 2015

Places we naturally love turn out to be good for us! We can now scientifically verify the physiological viability of our designs, by measuring pulse rate, blood pressure, heart rate variability (HRV), electro-dermal response, hormonal & adrenal response, brain wave activity, eye movements & muscle tension. Biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology & neuroscience have begun…

Can you communicate a brand’s vibrant culture through its floor?

26 February, 2015

Activity Based Working (ABW) has been the buzzword in the commercial sector over recent years. Australian national property developer CIP has taken up the challenge by transforming a 550sqm office into an energetic and vibrant ABW space for its staff and a showroom for its clients. The office space was carefully chosen to reflect the…

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Oliver Heath

Oliver Heath

As a leading figure in biophilic design, Oliver is working with global modular flooring manufacturer Interface to raise the awareness of the benefits of design inspired by nature. A prominent thinker in the architecture industry and owner of Heath Design Ltd, Oliver is also a writer and TV presenter.

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