Textures & Materials featured in Gravity Pad
Ongoing List of Preferred Elements in concept home
This is an ongoing list of textures & materials that have made the preliminary cut to be considered for the Gravity Pad Concept Home.
Sometimes the design plan of this concept home is to pretend like I’ve been given the task to represent Earth in a galactic home show of sorts. Colors will therefore be earth-based. The aquariums provide the blue for the seas. Plants will provide the greens for land, and all that’s left is a bit of dirt and sand. Which is where great textures & materials will be on display.
Textures & Materials should be easy to clean, last for an incredible amount of time, and look like they belong with it’s surroundings from the floor you stand on to the color of the ceiling fan blade housing. With the exception of cork, as it is only being used in a use and replace capacity…aka…a cork board.
The dirt and sand textures will lean toward natural but often heavily textured as they are on the home rock. So with all that in mind. I’ve selected the following materials for review to be featured in the Gravity Pad.
Floors, Exterior Walls, Durability…and it’s probably a building requirement. There will be some level of concrete countertops as well. I need to investigate that arena some more, it’s young and hard to find anything truly innovative yet but I like where it’s going.
Specifically Black Portuguese Cork. Good for stopping liquids, plugging glass, and acoustic insulation, as well as thermal. Low density so it will float and can be mixed into pour-harden mixtures. I’m not so big on cork as a furniture, but more of an office trim here or there for the whole cork board.
1st variety: Walnut
2nd variety: Teak
Recycled materials are fine, I take no issue. But one thing I am trying to avoid in the Gravity Pad from a Texture and Materials standpoint is a fake finish. Take this image below for example…
…this is probably a really great product….it’s recycle, it’s durable, the site advertises the color will hold for years. My issue is that it is not real. Of all the great natural textures out there, why do we want to replicate a wood pattern? If the pattern was designed by earthlings (I know arguably this ‘faux’ wood was) to have a function to go along with a form it would pass the test and possible be considered for inclusion in the Gravity Pad. Also, I believe great design ages with time and adds to the product wear. Good wine and good design should both get better with age in your lifespan.
1st variety: Travertine
From Wiki: Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous orconcentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites,stalagmites, and other speleothems. It is frequently used in Italy and elsewhere as a building material.
Travertine is a terrestrial sedimentary rock, formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals from solution in ground and surface waters, and/or geothermally heated hot-springs. Similar (but softer and extremely porous) deposits formed from ambient-temperature water are known as tufa.
2nd Variety: Slate
I prefer the clean cut look, but slate is not just great for use in roofing but anywhere in either the interior or exterior.
3rd Variety: Marble & Limestones
…to be continued