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David Oakey on senses

Human beings spend most of their time in artificial environments whether it is in their home, an automobile, or an office. We know people yearn to be in nature and scientific evidence proves that nature can heal. Gardens were an important element to the healing process in early Victorian hospitals.

In natural environments, colors and patterns have a specific purpose. They are essential for the survival of every plant and animal. Nature’s designs include variety, randomness and diversity, utilizing curves and moving in a flexible more organic way. Human designs are uniform, angular, and rigid.

In nature, colors and patterns change with the light, from morning to dusk, and from day to day with the seasons. Our studio changes aesthetic during spring, summer, fall and even winter. When we get snow, it excites our senses, but if it stayed all the time we’d get depressed.

Pond Studios Lagrange, GA. Home of David Oakey Designs

Pond Studios in Spring

Pond Studios Lagrange, GA. Home of David Oakey Designs

Pond Studios in Summer

Pond Studios Lagrange, GA. Home of David Oakey Designs

Pond Studios in Fall

Pond Studios Lagrange, GA. Home of David Oakey Designs

Pond Studios in Winter

It gives cause to ask how our interiors can incorporate change. How would nature design a floor? Would it be hard, soft, monolithic, or diverse? What is the best surface to walk on? The human foot is not designed to adapt to hard surface. It’s painful to walk on the same texture all the time. As you walk along a monolithic broadloom or a wood floor, it’s tedious. It feels better to walk on a more diverse surface. As humans, we connect to an innate desire to experience change. A fresh feeling makes you feel good.

A man stood on a grass square showing the connection between man and nature.

In the Human Nature Collection there are five styles ranging from shaggy grass, a plush textured loop, a plush cut and loop, a firm dense loop pile, and one style that is a visual combination of all the textures.

Designers are embracing this concept by mixing all the textures to create a diverse floor.  Ultimately, no two specifications are alike. The Human Nature Collection embraces organic movement, and can emulate manmade geometric design as well. Like nature, the opportunities are endless.

Mossy stones that inspired The Human Collection by Interface.

Stone stairs

The Human Collection by Interface

Shale Kiwi

Natural rock patterns that inspired The Human Collection by Interface.

Concrete floor

The Human Collection by Interface

Limestone Cobalt

Integrating the senses of touch, visual, and sound is the way of the future. The closer we emulate how nature does it, the better off we are.

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