by Sara Costi
The idea that spaces can influence people’s perceptions and moods isn’t new. Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates wrote “On airs, waters, and places” where he stated that people’s wellbeing is closely linked to the place they live in. And Feng Shui already existed. More recently, disciplines like epigenetics, quantum physics, and neuroarchitecture are lifting the veil on how our environment affects us. Therefore, there’s an invisible link between humans and the space surrounding them. As a result, the home is no longer just a furnished building. Instead, it’s a place that influences those who live in it. Viewing a home like an energy field to which one is connected means opening up to different interpretations of environmentally conscious architecture to create beautiful, salubrious spaces that resonate with the people who live in them, improving their lives and wellbeing.
Natural interior design
Nature-inspired elements are the essence of natural interior design, perfect for creating warm, cosy spaces with earthen notes that bring the outdoors in. This design trend is rooted in Alvar Aalto’s organic architecture and is all about warm hues and sustainable materials and fabrics, like cotton, linen, wool, and silk.
Influenced by Scandinavian aesthetics, natural interior design is ideal for those who want to embrace green living and make their home cosy and unique.
The natural colour scheme includes warm, muted, restful shades without contrasts or super bright colours.
But the real star of natural interior design is natural light with big white windows to enhance it even more. And, of course, a natural-style home can’t do without plants, flowers, or even just nature-inspired décors and their positive, calming effect.
Casalgrande Padana tile collections
Stone is a perfect material for a natural-style home. And Casalgrande Padana has a wide range of stone-like tiles that stand out for their sophisticated aesthetics, rich colour palette, and variety of sizes and finishes. Irregular veining, soft, restful neutrals and greys, earthen and sandy notes, and a pleasant texture create exquisite, modern tiles that perfectly replicate the look of the original stone that inspired them. In addition, Casalgrande Padana stone-like porcelain stoneware tiles are made with natural materials and combine stone’s natural charm and the excellent technical features of porcelain stoneware to create perfect floors and walls, both indoors and out.
Wood is the natural material par excellence, and Casalgrande Padana’s wood-effect porcelain stoneware tiles give a new edge to this material, replicating the veining, knots, and shades of rare, sought-after types of wood from all over the world.
Bios Self-Cleaning®: the air-purifying porcelain stoneware tiles
Casalgrande Padana’s Bios Self-Cleaning® tiles for façades and ventilated envelopes have self-cleaning properties and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, which are among the primary air pollutants. This way, Bios Self-Cleaning® helps improve the environmental quality of urban settings. To put things into perspective, using Bios Self-Cleaning® over a façade surface of 150 m2 purifies the air as much as a wooded area as big as a football pitch. It also eliminates the nitrogen oxides emitted by 11 cars throughout the day. Moreover, Bios Self-Cleaning® has all the excellent technical and aesthetic features of porcelain stoneware cladding and drastically reduces cleaning and maintenance. All this translates into significant savings while maintaining the quality and characteristics of the architecture.
Committed to the environment
Casalgrande Padana has always been environmentally conscious and committed to reducing its footprint. That’s why it uses the best technologies, commits to a circular economy, and implements certified process and environmental management policies.
As a result, Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are made through a closed-cycle manufacturing process where sophisticated antipollution equipment allows all the components to be recycled and reused with substantially zero emissions or dispersions: 0% harmful emissions, 100% environmental impact reduction, 99.5% waste recovered, 74% self-produced energy, and 100% environmentally sustainable packaging. This cutting-edge production process focuses on sustainability, scientific research, and the best environmental experiences. It also aims at reducing pollution as much as possible to protect the landscape and territorial balance. This commitment is demonstrated by Casalgrande Padana’s many certifications, including the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and ISO 14001 certifications. But also by the company’s Code of Ethics, which regulates the environmental policies related to its production cycle, and its environmental management system compliant with the EMAS Regulation to improve its environmental performance. Casalgrande Padana has also published an environmental statement validated by the certification body.
Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are made solely with natural raw materials, respecting the planet. Therefore, they are environmentally sustainable and fully recyclable. In addition, they are fire-, frost-, and wear-resistant and withstand flexure, abrasions, stains, weather agents, and temperature fluctuations. As a result, they never change over time. They are also easy to lay and clean.