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QUICK-STEP COMBINES BIOPHILIC DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY

With spring on the way, the sounds of nature are becoming ever louder. It's the ideal time to transform your interior in line with the latest principles of biophilic design. One way to do this is to bring nature into your home and opt for sustainable materials. Laminate floors from Quick-Step are a perfect starting point, because they are made from recycled wood and offer a lifetime guarantee.

10 March 2022

QUICK-STEP COMBINES BIOPHILIC DESIGN AND SUSTAINABILITY

With spring on the way, the sounds of nature are becoming ever louder. It's the ideal time to transform your interior in line with the latest principles of biophilic design. One way to do this is to bring nature into your home and opt for sustainable materials. Laminate floors from Quick-Step are a perfect starting point, because they are made from recycled wood and offer a lifetime guarantee.

LOVE FOR LIFE

There’s no better way to clear your head than to wander off track in the forest or go for a long walk on a blissfully deserted coastline. Now more than ever, we visit nature for our relaxation, and when we're back home again we want to hang onto that feeling of peace. This explains why more and more architects and interior designers are enthralled by biophilia. The term was thought up back in the sixties by the American-German psychologist Erich Fromm and literally means love (philia) for life (bio).

In recent decades urbanisation has made it ever more difficult to escape from the concrete jungle of the city. This is unfortunate, because recent studies confirm that our physical and mental well-being improves in an environment with spatial aspects such as daylight, countryside views and natural ventilation. So, it's no coincidence that biophilia underpins a holistic design philosophy that aims to restore the link with nature.

BRING NATURE INDOORS

Plants are the easiest way of bringing nature indoors. By making a completely green wall, you can create a veritable indoor garden. If you don’t have green fingers you can achieve a similar effect with flowers. It’s no surprise that florapy – floral therapy – has recently been on the up. A beautiful bouquet can calm the spirits and because every flower has an emotional meaning, it's the ideal way to get closer to yourself.

The palette of colours in nature is an important source of inspiration in the world of biophilic design. Shades of green go hand-in-hand with earth tones that contrast sharply with the kaleidoscopic explosions of colour in the world of flowers. It goes without saying that colours also have a significant bearing on your mood. With that in mind, it's best to opt for neutral grey tones or calming shades of blue for your bedroom. In your breakfast corner you can bring the sun inside with yellow and orange.

It’s a matter of ‘feeling’ what's best suited to each room and letting nature inspire you. Bring wood inside, for example, by letting a rough, weathered tree trunk serve as a coffee table. But the flooring you choose also presents an opportunity to go for an authentic wood look. Within Quick-Step's laminate collections you have a wide choice of flooring to bring wood into your interior in a sustainable way. Or opt for furniture with organic forms, a wall covering with leaf patterns, and decorate to your heart's content with features from nature such as shells or mosses. In contrast to dogmatic interior trends, biophilia does not impose any rules, and there’s no need for everything to be perfect. Just like Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy, biophilia is all about beauty and imperfection.

BEAUTY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN ONE FLOOR

Quick-Step's floor designers have always taken their inspiration from nature, but also work on sustainable innovations. A laminate floor is the ideal way to bring nature into your interior while respecting nature at the same time.

Quick-Step’s floor designers have developed a technique by which the colour and structure of the styles continue across the joins so that the laminate floor looks hyper-realistic. Thanks to the surface structure and the extra matt top layers, the laminate also feels genuinely like wood. Albeit without the practical worries about maintenance, because Quick-Step’s laminate floors can withstand hard knocks thanks to an ultra-resistant top layer and hard HDF core at the heart of each plank.

This core consists entirely of recycled wood collected, as an example from sawmills where it would otherwise be incinerated or destroyed. By making use of the waste streams of other industries, Quick-Step ensures that no new trees need to be felled. As a result, it became the first laminate flooring manufacturer to be granted the EU ecolabel. The PEFC label gives you reassurance that your floor has not in any way led to deforestation. Finally the lifetime guarantee for up to 25 years does not just give you peace of mind, it's good for the environment too.

The bottom line? With a laminate floor from Quick-Step you don’t just opt for the beauty of nature, you choose sustainability as well. You can’t get more biophilic than that, can you?

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