I am often asked why my colour concepts contain so many different colours and materials. The answer is very easy – because it is always about energy regulation for the benefit of the human being and about fulfilling a wide range of personal, structural and also business-related requirements. With increase of allergies as well as with environmental and stress-related concerns, people are becoming more sensitive again when it comes to colour and material choices. Colour is fulfilling. It makes people happy and gives them the feeling of being complete(er) and more whole. However, spatial expectations and people’s needs are very diverse. To meet them, you need to apply different colours and materials. It is like cooking: if you want to prepare an aromatic, nourishing dish, you need different ingredients. Depending on which ingredients you use, you end up with something “Provence”, “Orient” or “home garden”. It works the same way with spatial design. Every surface offers the possibility of creating connections that nourish and evoke memories. Ceilings and walls thus become a storehouse of memories. Colours, shapes, structures combine and can compensate for energy deficits, instead they create energy depots and nourish the entire human organism. You can think of aggregates in plasters as being similar to the spices in a meal: they make the result very personal and individual. At the same time, surfaces convey values, awaken memories and connect people and space – primarily through sensory perception. Light plays a very important role in this. When the eye registers mother-of-pearl or small stone crystals in the surface and they are reflected in the light, a connection is created between the wall and its observer – and somewhere, often subconsciously, one recalls moments of a past holiday, joy and other happy moments. These reactions are registered. Stress reduction, resource-gains and wellbeing are part of the pleasant result. The feeling that everything just fits leads to an increase in productivity and performance. It also manifests itself, especially in the cold months, in the form of less need for heating: when people feel good and are nourished and relaxed on the inside, they need less external heat supply. This results in more dynamism and presence. In addition, truly natural plasters such as clay, lime and aroma plasters contribute to climate and odour regulation in rooms and are much healthier for people and walls than products containing chemical additives because of their natural origin.
In this 100m2 work, event and seminar space in the Latrace Studio, 30 different surfaces are used. Because the room is not fixed on anything and should be able to do many things, it contains a corresponding “offer” in the form of colour, material and inclusions that create a particularly beautiful connection between the wall and the viewer when the light hits it.