noraplan sentica convinces with its harmonious colours and healthy living characteristics
Colours create moods and influence our well-being. Architects are making use of this knowledge, particularly in designing buildings such as hospitals, universities and administration offices that exude a positive atmosphere. nora systems has recognised this trend and incorporates it in an innovative rubber floor covering. The 38 colours used for noraplan sentica correspond to the Natural Color System (NCS), which makes it easier to plan the overall colour concept for buildings.
The harmonious colour composition of noraplan sentica is the result of close cooperation between colour experts, international architects and the product developers at nora systems. Their aim with the new floor covering was to do justice to both future colour and design trends, as well as to the increasing demand for sustainable building and healthy living.
Sylvia Leydecker, a certified engineer from Cologne who specialises in corporate interior design, assisted with the final colour collection for noraplan sentica in an advisory capacity with marked results. The process started with a survey of architects from all over the world from China to the USA. “The colleagues had said which colour trends they foresee being used for floor coverings and which colours they need to put their planning ideas into practice,” explains Leydecker. To combine the international, and in part rather different tastes to create a range of colours was a challenge which the team has successfully mastered.
Colour collection for the global market
“With the colour system for noraplan sentica, we have succeeded in developing a collection for the global market,” Leydecker is delighted to say. The broad spectrum of natural tones of grey and brown is one contributing factor to this success. “These timeless floor covering colours are in demand all over the world because they open up a great wealth of design opportunities and will still be contemporary even years later,” the interior designer says knowingly. “On the other hand, the strong solitaire colours allow the planners to make an individual statement.”
Designers are focusing more and more on the floor covering when it comes down to achieving a harmonious spatial effect and ambience of well-being in buildings. “We are observing a trend towards more nature in the choice of floor coverings where both colours and materials are concerned,” says Olaf Küppers, interior designer at TMK in Düsseldorf. Environmentally compatible products in warm, natural tones are in particular demand for creating a comfortable room atmosphere. “nora systems satisfies these demands with the range of colours it uses for noraplan sentica.”
Colour system encourages combinations
The noraplan sentica colour system comprises 32 colours which are complemented by six accentuating solitaire colours. All the colours in the range can be perfectly combined with one another both horizontally, as well as vertically and diagonally. This well thought-out system makes it considerably easier for planners to create stylish rooms with a feel-good character.
The demure design of noraplan sentica gives the floor area an almost uni-coloured appearance, creating inviting and soothingly peaceful rooms. At the same time, the harmoniously dispersed granulate effectively hides dirt. noraplan sentica proves that optimum functionality and elegant design do not have to be a contradiction in terms.
Their dense closed surface allows nora rubber floor coverings to be cleaned extremely easily, and they do not require a coating. The outstanding resistance to wear, means that they look almost as good as new years later, even in highly frequented public areas. This long life span is the reason why nora floor coverings are so cost-effective.
Certified environmental compatibility
Another key factor which contributes to making us feel good in buildings is a good indoor climate. The theme of healthy living is increasingly gaining in emphasis, particularly in the public building construction sector. What this means is the quality of the indoor air, which is primarily determined by the choice of building materials. The floor covering plays a decisive role here, because the floor represents a large proportion of the room. Architects are resorting more and more to low-emission products such as rubber for new buildings or renovations for this very reason.
Just like all other nora products, noraplan sentica consists of high-grade industrial and natural rubber qualities, naturally occurring minerals, as well as environmentally compatible colour pigments. nora floor coverings do not contain any PVC, plasticizers (phthalates) or halogens (e.g. chlorine). Consequently, noraplan sentica, the newest member of the nora product family, has been awarded numerous Green Design certificates such as the “Blue Angel… for low emissions”, and thus fulfils the most stringent standards for good indoor air quality.
With its design-oriented and environmentally sound floor coverings, nora systems offers the perfect solution for all those involved in constructing buildings. Architects can plan creatively and put their visionary designs into practice. At the same time, the high expectations of developers with regard to sustainability and preservation of the value of their real estate are also met. And everybody who lives or works in the building benefits from the comfortable, healthy-living atmosphere. *
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