DAILY NEWS Feb 7, 2013 10:38 AM - 4 comments

Interface's new global design competition

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The need to be connected to nature – and the benefits that answering this brings – are not new concepts. But for the first time, we are able to measurably understand the profound impact this has in a built environment. And then answer this innate desire by applying biophilic principles in the design of buildings and interior.

Biophilic design uses fresh air, daylight and water features. It creates visual and physical connections with nature. It incorporates natural materials, or those that mimic nature and natural forms, and then uses an understanding of human evolution to guide the design, finishes and furnishings – and bring out certain emotions in the dwellers. All because spaces that reflect familiar natural habitats, like open or sheltered spaces, are coded into our DNA.

It’s incredible to think that such simple steps could have such a beneficial impact to a company’s bottom line and the emotional well-being of its employees; on the way students learn, or how hospital patients heal. It inspires us to reconnect with nature – and change the human experience of interiors for the better.


Inspired by the benefits biophilia brings, Interface has launched a global competition – called Reconnect Your Space – to find designs for original, undeveloped projects that incorporate biophilia in the most innovative and exciting ways.

If you have a vision that incorporates biophilic principles and their benefits into the design of interior or urban spaces, you can send your renderings and illustrations by Apr., along with with a description of up to 150 words, to Interface.

The competition is open to students of design and architecture, interior designers and architects.

The public can vote through Interface’s social media channels between Mar. 1 and Apr. 15 to determine the finalists – which will then be judged by an Interface appointed panel. Your creation could win you a trip to one of three inspiring destinations to see some of the most pioneering examples of biophilia in action.,

For more information and full details, visit interfacereconnect.com 


Naturally: Interface's Flax/Grass from the Urban Retreat collection.
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Allan Dennis

To clarify: You respond to Leslie's inquiry: "does not reside in any of the following countries/provinces/territories: Puerto Rico, the province of Quebec, Canada, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, and South Sudan." First, is it all of Canada, or Quebec, Canada? And, why is Quebec listed among some fairly infamous countries?

Posted February 14, 2013 09:58 AM

J Vafiades

Two comments/questions:
1. As stated in your description of the competition, the three components of Biophilic Design are fresh air, daylight and water features. All elements that are extensively used by landscape architects. Yet you have decisively ignored and shut out the competition to this qually important profession and its paractitioners. What a shame!

2. When did Canada lose its status as a member of the Global Community? Your restriction to not allow Canadians to participate is unfair and disrespectful to all of the professionals that work in the areas of design.

Please consider changing both of these restrictions.

Posted February 13, 2013 11:08 PM

leslie thompson

I would like to submit a green wall project. I would like to know why applicants from Quebec are not applicable.

Thank you.

Posted February 13, 2013 10:49 AM

Tm Jones

Eligible Entrants: The Competition is only open to Eligible Entrants. An "Eligible Entrant" is an individual who, at the time of entry: (i) is aged 18 years or older; (ii) is not an employee of the Promoter or any of its related corporations or any of their agencies associated with the Competition; (iii) is not a spouse, de facto spouse, parent, child or sibling (whether full, half, step or by adoption) of such an employee; (iv) is employed as a practicing professional in the architecture or interior design industry, or is a current student in a recognized architecture or interior design educational program, and (v) does not reside in any of the following countries/provinces/territories: Puerto Rico, the province of Quebec, Canada, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, and South Sudan.

Posted February 10, 2013 11:49 PM

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