Calhoun, Ga.—Next week, Mohawk Group will host the latest presentation in its Resourceful CEU series and debut an accredited session that showcases an emerging body of work in the realm of biophilic design: fractal design.
Presented by Anastasija and Martin Lesjak of Austria-based 13&9 Design and Dr. Richard Taylor of the University of Oregon, the course addresses fractal fluency and how fractals can be translated into design.
Seemingly random shapes and forms found in nature often appear haphazard; but, upon closer inspection, there is a structure underlying these natural arrangements. These patterns—fractals—are the building blocks of many of nature’s motifs and have been scientifically proven to reduce stress by as much as 60%, according to the company.
“Comprehending the art and science behind biophilic design helps us better understand how to create environments for decompressing and getting away from the technology overload that plagues us constantly,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of design and product development at Mohawk Group. “We are excited for our colleagues to share their findings through this new CEU because this approach will have a groundbreaking impact on the built environment. We want to make sure the design community is able to follow along with the same excitement and anticipation we have had over the last three years working with this amazing transdisciplinary team.”
The collaboration between 13&9 Design, Fractals Research and Mohawk Group ultimately produced the Relaxing Floors carpet system—one of Mohawk’s most awarded collections to date, according to the company.
Mohawk Group established the Resourceful CEU series to provide outlets for the contract design community to revitalize their knowledge and renew their well-being while many are still working remotely. The inaugural fractal design CEU, titled “Fractal fluency in the built environment,” will focus on the intersection of science, design and art and the concepts behind a stress-reductive approach to commercial spaces.
The hour-long course will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. EST to accommodate guests tuning in across different time zones. To register for “Fractal Fluency in the Built Environment” and other sessions within the continuing education series, visit here.
Each CEU is free to attend virtually, but attendees must register to view and receive credit through AIA and IDCEC.