TEK 17   /   14   /   2018

A sustainable interior does not solely evolve around the choice of materials, equally important is the implementation of a timeless aesthetic expression. The art of creating an interior that will please the eye just as much in 50 years, as it does today. The examples of timeless design are endless, and architectural works dating back to the 20th and 30th century often contributes in the trendiest interior magazines world wide. This is the essential key to sustainability; to create something lasting.


The Japanese are well known for their aesthetics, not least in buildings. How they use the harmony in balanced geometric expressions have not changed remarkably for thousands of years. Though trends are often look towards Japan, few are aware that they weight material choices as equally important to the harmony in the space we inhabit. Where us common westerns see white plaster walls, the Japanese may create the exact same expression, but made by natural materials. It may sound strange, but they undoubtedly have well-proven techniques. What they know, and our civilization may have forgotten, is that all these qualities contribute to a comfortable indoor climate and good health.


Implying these principles do not necessarily mean that all interior spaces must resolve in earth-toned colors, or is destined to have an "organic" look. Color choices is no longer a barrier product selection, and there are lots of exciting and modern innovations on building components and material.


The last decades’ interior trends have unfortunately resulted in surfaces and expressions which cause toxic emissions in the indoor environment and are harmful in production. Also, apparently natural materials, such as veneer plates, omit harmful substances in the binder. It is worrisome that the content of chemicals in modern materials and products increases accordingly to the refurbishment hysteria. Still, there is widely opted concerns about the outcome the cocktail-effect, and how it effects humans.


We spend 90% of our time indoors, we should open our eyes to what toxins we obtain through the air we breathe in our indoor environments.


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