Human Spaces — Latest Posts

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

June 25, 2015

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…

Flourishing Biophilic Urban Housing

June 10, 2015

According to the UN by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, there will be more cities and more mega-cities. As our contact with rural landscapes decreases our alienation from greenery and living elements will increase unless we green the urban environment and the spaces in which we live.…

Nature by Design: the Practice of Biophilic Design

June 1, 2015

The challenge of biophilic design is to address prevailing deficiencies of contemporary building, landscape and interior architecture by initiating a new framework for the beneficial experience of nature in the built environment (Kellert et al 2008, Kellert 2012, Kellert and Finnegan 2011). Biophilic design is about creating good habitat for people as a biological organism…

14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli

May 21, 2015

This is the third post in an on-going series outlining each of the 14 patterns of biophilic design, a collection of biophilic strategies codified in Terrapin Bright Green’s “14 Patterns of Biophilic Design” paper. Pattern 3: Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli Nature is never static; it’s always moving, growing, adapting. We notice when a room is visually…

Q&A with Kari Pei, Global Product Designer for Interface

May 21, 2015

We recently welcomed Kari Pei, recognized design leader in the textile industry, as Interface’s new global product designer. She will work closely with our internal product design and development teams as well as sustainability leader David Oakey Designs. Kari is equally at home in the design studio and on the factory floor. Her extensive resume…

Biophilic Engagement in Healthcare Spaces, Part II

May 19, 2015

According to the Institute for Building Efficiency, over 50% of the buildings that will still be in use by 2050 have already been built; and close to ¾ of these buildings are over 20 years old, before the principles of biophilic design were well understood, let alone widely applied. On a similar note, the European…

Biophilic Engagement in Healthcare Spaces, Part I

May 11, 2015

Wander through a major hospital in any modern city and a single visual element is likely to dominate the space: nature art is everywhere! Nature art: Images as representative symbols It’s been over 30 years since Roger Ulrich’s trailblazing study on the effect of window views to nature on patient recovery. His seminal finding that…

Can Flooring be Interactive?

April 30, 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,…

Can We Identify “Healthy” Products?

April 22, 2015

What’s hot in green building right now? No, global warming isn’t hot, despite growing alarm about extreme weather events. What’s hot is health. Specifically anything related to the potential health impacts of building products. The rise of the WELL Building Standard and the addition of a day-long Materials and Human Health Summit to Greenbuild provide…

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Gretchen Wagner

Gretchen Wagner

Gretchen is a Designer on Interface's Atlanta-based Creative team. She works closely with Interface’s marketing team doing product styling and trend forecasting.

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