In the design industry, there’s one term that seems to be spreading like wildfire: biophilia. Biophilia is described by Edward O. Wilson as, “the innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes.” This idea only makes sense, as we see millions of people spending money every day to get closer to nature through national parks, beaches, mountains, and other natural wonders of the world. Some travelers choose to get an even closer look through hikes, bike rides, and other outdoor recreational activities, and it’s only natural. Humans have an innate desire to be in and around nature; it’s in our DNA.
Biophilic design an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work and learn by focusing on bringing nature indoors, making it the focal point in interior design. This practice of bringing the outdoors in originated long before the recent influx in interest. In fact, there is evidence of this trend dating all the way back to Babylonian times. This term has now been introduced into the flooring industry for 2019 and Infinity is eager to see how they can take this unique design concept and incorporate it even more into their products.
Biophilic design is composed of various elements all working towards the same goal: to be as close to nature as possible. Some of these elements include light, water, plants, and natural landscapes. Each of these elements brings unique benefits to the table. Light provides a sense of well-being and comfort, while water elements tend to decrease stress and boost performance. Design inspired by plants and natural landscapes gains the most attention, as they seem to have the most direct correlation to nature. These elements have also been shown to increase productivity and boost creativity.
In many ways, TTP was ahead of this trend. Because our fabrics were designed primarily for recreational and outdoor applications, in the beginning, many of our most coveted designs were inspired by elements of nature and the outdoors. Popular designs such as Bamboo, Fern Dance, and Antigua are all inspired by elements of nature, from the names to the design itself. Fern Dance and Bamboo both consist of a reed-like design, much like the plants themselves, while Antigua was inspired by the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean nation island.
As we expand and innovate, it is becoming more and more clear that biophilic designs are here to stay. Often times, the indoor environments we are in for long periods of time, such as office spaces, can alienate us from the outdoors. TTP hopes to continue to bring people back to nature through innovative and engaging biophilic designs.
Twitchell Develops Revolutionary Fabric
New Textilene® Nano 95 Fabric Lighter and Finer Than Original
TwitchellTM announces the release of a brand new line of screening fabric, Textilene® Nano 95. Textilene® Nano 95 is lighter and finer than the original Textilene® 95 fabric, all while maintaining the same technical properties.
Textilene® Nano 95 is excellent for a variety of uses and can reduce energy costs all while blocking up to 95 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. It is 20 percent thinner and has over 15 percent less elongation than competitive fabrics. Textilene® Nano 95 is available in 96 inch and 120 inch widths and is produced in 10 unique colors including Black, White, Espresso, Bone, Shadow, Charcoal, Granite Tobacco, Sable and Stone.
Twitchell Technical Products (TTP)’s Textilene is an excellent addition to any space, even those you wouldn’t think of at first. Britten Graphics just completed their first project using the Facid North America System. They used the system to cover the JP Morgan Chase employee parking garage in Plano, Texas with a Twitchell Textilene 90 mesh 120” in the color ‘Desert Sand’.
The choice to use TTP’s Textilene for the parking garage covering was easy, because when they compared other alternatives to Twitchell, no one compared. The thickness, overall structural integrity, and strength of the material was a winner, right from the start. The material was relatively easy to install, due to its plyable makeup, and has served its purpose well since the install.
JP Morgan Chase wanted to cover the side of the parking garage that faces their offices across the street, so they wouldn’t be forced to have a view of an open parking garage. Now, their view is improved and sure to last with TTP’s Textilene mesh.
This month, Twitchell celebrates 90 years in business. Since 1922, Twitchell has been a leader in quality yarns and fabrics across a variety of industries. Today, Twitchell has grown into a multi-national manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative fibers, textiles and coatings.
Although Twitchell has been around for almost a century, its commitment to its customers hasn’t changed. Jeff Register, Chief Executive Officer and President of Twitchell, says customer service will always be an important part of Twitchell.
“Our customers are a large part of what has kept Twitchell alive for ninety years, and we are forever grateful. Twitchell will continue to make customer service a priority for the next ninety years,” said Register.
Twitchell celebrated its 90th birthday internally with an employee cookout May 3. A representative from Congresswoman Roby’s office presented Twitchell with a Congressional Record, a proclamation was read from Mayor Schmitz, and a resolution was made by Matt Parker to declare May 3 “Twitchell Day.”
“Making it to ninety years has nothing to do with luck. It has everything to do with our employees,” said Register. “We wanted to take the time to recognize and thank our employees, and make sure they remember how important they are to Twitchell.”
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