Hannover – Outdoors and in, we now recognize that our health and the planet's health are one and the same. One industry event reflecting the fact that we've finally begun to seek healing for ourselves and the environment is the upcoming carpet and floor coverings trade fair Domotex 2020. The fair, to be held in the Hannover Exhibition Centre from 10 - 13 January, will explore the theme Atmysphere.
Atmysphere builds on the long-term wellness trend shaping many industries, not least architecture and design. Architects and builders have become increasingly concerned – and clever – about creating spaces that have a net positive impact on living healthily, naturally and sustainably.
Fair exhibitors will demonstrate that one net-positive solution is architecture that extends indoor space outdoors and, vice versa, pulls the outdoors in, blurring the two in ways that enrich both. They will display a range of products, including innovative outdoor solutions for the home patio or deck, green showroom atriums and lush hotel gardens, the office balcony or the terrace of a restaurant.
French architect Jean Nouvel's design of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, for instance, features robust outdoor flooring produced by Domotex exhibitor Yvra. To create the museum's waterfront café, Nouvel designed a teak decking timber called Exterpark Louvre, inspired by luxury yacht decks. It has the added virtue of extremely quick, easy installation (or disassembly) through use of a dedicated tool to attach a network of magnetic clips to an aluminium substructure. The clip system eliminates visible gaps in the floor, does away with the need for screws and allows the planks to be reused or replaced with minimum effort.
On the eastern shore of Lake Como, Milan-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola used bespoke thermo-treated, FSC-certified ash decking made by Domotex exhibitor Ravaioli Legnami in her custom-design of luxury hotel Il Sereno. The property runs into the lake along a private jetty and features a restaurant that opens onto vertical botanical gardens on one side. The flooring in these areas emphasizes the flow of indoors and outdoors into each other. Producing the unusually narrow planks involve a special concealed milling, giving them a deeply grainy aesthetic appearing both natural and preternaturally graphical at the same time.