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Surface Spotlight: Healthcare & Retail

04/06/2015 14:50:13

As we become increasingly aware of the role our surroundings play in supporting our health and wellbeing architects, designers and manufacturers are responding to our human wants and needs. In this next edition of Surface Spotlight we explore key directions that are reshaping environments in the healthcare and retail sectors. (Sally Angharad reports)

Healing Architecture - Verstas Architects Set To Expand Lapland Central Hospital With Comfort In Mind

Verstas Architects 

The hospital of tomorrow is a functional complex that encourages us to get better. Verstas Architects has won the architectural competition for the expansion of the Lapland Central Hospital in Finland. The proposal is a flexible hospital campus and an example of biophilic design where patient wards are situated near to nature and with particular emphasis placed on comfort and light. Simple use of wood and glass are key materials for this project, bringing a sense of nature and stimulation to patients. The best views and light have been reserved for the areas where people spend the most time.

Earlier this year Surface Design Show hosted the first in a series of talks for Surface Design Presents at Interface showroom, London where designer Oliver Heath discussed biophilic design and the benefits of nature-inspired spaces. Human Spaces (www.humanspaces.com) powered by Interface is a website that offers you insight into “spaces designed with the human in mind”.

Natural Imitations  – Wood Effects Bring Comfort And High Performance To Healthcare And Retail Settings

Karndean Designflooring 

Our sense of wellbeing is intrinsically linked to nature and so manufacturers are replicating wood for healthcare and retail environments without compromising on performance. Creating a homely ambience Ployflor’s hardwearing Forest fx PUR wood effect sheet vinyl flooring is anything but clinical and has been installed within a major redevelopment at the Acre Mills Outpatient facility. Also bridging the gap between efficiency and style is the new Opus Enhance range from Karndean Designflooring, achieving unprecedented slip resistance. For shop fittings XyloCleaf is a highly textured range of premium, Thermo Structured Surface (TSS) decors, now available through James Latham. Difficult to distinguish from the real material such as wood it stands up to the toughest of challenges when used in high traffic areas.

Industrial Luxe – Concreate® Introduces An Urban Aesthetic To Retail Spaces

Raw industrial textures complement natural surfaces in the latest materials palette for stylish yet welcoming retail spaces. Within this trend the demand for concrete is growing and so more conventional alternatives are being explored that do not compromise on aesthetics. Concreate® is a sustainable and lightweight interior decorative polished concrete panel that fits together seamlessly, giving the effect of poured concrete without the challenges of installation and maintenance. Soothing woods and metals bring an organic look and feel to fixtures and fittings while Concreate® Natural Grey on floors and walls offers a pared back look. 

Limbic® Lighting - Gerry Webber’s Sales Increase With Zumtobel’s Target Groups Concept

Zumtobel has been able to use a field study with the fashion retailer Gerry Weber to demonstrate the significance of light in shop applications. This research is a continuation of the laboratory study in which the light preferences of seven different customer groups were analysed using a neuropsychological target group model, The Limbic® Model, developed by Gruppe Nymphenburg. An LED spotlight solution from Zumtobel was installed specifically to meet the preferences of a key target group for Gerry Weber, the so-called Harmonisers, who react positively to moderate accent lighting with a warm colour temperature of 3000 Kelvin, resulting in a 10 per cent increase in turnover.

Material Innovation – Sageglass® Is Designed For People Not Buildings

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain International

SageGlass® is an intelligent solar control glass solution from Vetrotech Saint-Gobain International, designed to meet peoples’ needs. It is a dynamic glass that can either be tinted automatically (responding directly to the power of the sun), or manually at the press of a button, to any degree of darkness. Removing the need for cumbersome blinds it allows for clear, unobstructed views to the outside and so contributes to the overall wellbeing of the occupants, key for future healthcare and retail environments.

Surface Spotlight at SDS16

Visit Surface Design Show 2016 where there will be a live Surface Spotlight display, sharing product samples that capture key material directions for the Healthcare and Retail sectors as well as many others... Follow @surfacethinking for the latest updates. Find out more.


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