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The factory that welcomes bees

14 March, 2018

There’s an air of excitement buzzing through the Interface factory in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. We’ve recently installed hives to house 20,000 bees, transforming a wasteland at the rear of the factory into a small bee-friendly nature reserve. There are around 5,500 known beehives in Northern Ireland – but the bee population has dwindled in recent…

Why Do We Rely So Much on Geometry in Our Designs?

6 March, 2018

Geometry is an integral part of design from start to finish. Just think about it. Architects use geometry to study and divide space as well as draft detailed building plans. Builders and engineers rely on geometric principles to create structures safely. Designers apply geometry (along with colour and scale) to make the aesthetically pleasing spaces…

Addressing Ocean Plastics with NextWave and the Circular Economy

27 February, 2018

There is an African proverb that states, If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want go far, go together. This is certainly true in the circular economy. We are increasingly seeing companies realise the power and value of collaboration. Just recently, a cross-industry consortium of companies joined forces to tackle the global…

Top Sustainability Trends for 2018

1 February, 2018

To state the obvious, 2017 was quite the unpredictable year. While sustainable business leaders and climate advocates knew there’d be inevitable changes with a new U.S. presidency, few could have anticipated just how volatile the past 12 months were. From the U.S. federal administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord to the Environmental Protection…

Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year: Ultra Violet

23 January, 2018

Over the years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has reflected a cultural alignment with a specific colour’s meaning. Every year is pivotal, but the significance of 2017 lingers as we open 2018 with new intentions. Ultra Violet is a unique selection from the Pantone Colour Institute. It’s a manifestation of cultural, political and social elements rather…

Q&A: How to Inject Critical Brand Values Into a Space

4 January, 2018

Designed by Andrew Tu’inukuafe and the Creative Spaces team, the Lion’s new HQ in Freemans Bay, Auckland is a solid example of design’s ability to speak the language of a brand and its space. We sat down with Andrew to discuss the project. What was the overall the design objective and brief for the Lion’s HQ project?  Lion…

Biophilic Design at Cranfield University

12 December, 2017

When refurbishing the Water Sciences Department at Cranfield University, Tracy Flynn, Development Project Manager, wanted to create a flexible space that would provide staff and students with areas to work independently, as well as places where they could work collaboratively to discuss ideas. Tracy was keen to use the principles of biophilic design – which…

What is Quiet Mark and Why Does it Matter?

24 October, 2017

Sound – especially sound in the spaces where we work – affects us far more than you might think. When it comes to designing interior spaces, acoustic considerations are often put aside or completely ignored in favour of purely visual aesthetics. However, condemning office workers, hospital staff, students and teachers, guests in hotels and even…

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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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