Natural wood floors create a lively experience in the Austrian headquarters

Natural wood floors create a lively experience in the Austrian headquarters

Modern interior design is increasingly about one thing: providing a balanced, biological experience with humans.

Working in a biophilic environment

Bringing nature into your home or simply welcoming you into the office – this is what biophilic interior design is all about.

This is what happened in Frankenmarkt, Upper Austria, where Starzinger GmbH & Co KG made the conscious decision to use 100% environmentally friendly natural wood flooring.

People spend up to 90% of their day in closed rooms and are therefore not exposed to a very healthy indoor climate. The situation is completely different in Starzinger. The large area of ​​open-pore, simply oiled, and therefore completely natural, oak parquet flooring allows employees to reap the benefits of a healthy, self-regulated room climate.

Through refining Oak Country Volcano Medium Natural OilThe pores of the wood remain open and can breathe: moisture in the room is absorbed and returned to it.

This remarkably pleasant and comfortable climate is due exclusively to the versatility of the natural material of wood. It is important to leave the wood in its natural state and not seal it. The mafic surface does just that.

Mafi flooring at Starzinger GmbH, Upper Austria
Reception at Starzinger GmbH, Frankenmarkt, Upper Austria. Photo: ©

An exciting combination of living, timeless materials and colours: wood. glass. black. white.

The team of architects is based in Upper Austria in Thalgau – zt. limited company She combined the lively appearance of the oak country and its interconnected black cracks with modern materials such as glass, thus successfully combining two worlds: nature and modernity.
Large white spaces create a feeling of spaciousness and cleanliness. Classic black and timeless anthracite succeed in creating contrasts, which can be reflected in the elegant interior design along with the ceiling-high door frames.
The central feature is the staircase made of the same material as the floor and framed with glass elements. Not only does it connect two levels, but it also acts as a strong attraction and focal point.
In order to emphasize the naturalness and liveliness of the room concept, lush bamboo and palm plants are spread throughout all levels of the offices – here too, nothing is left to chance and flower pots in matte gray tones are combined.

Mafi laminate flooring with bamboo plants at Starzinger GmbH
Bamboo and palm plants add liveliness to the lively atmosphere in Starzinger’s office. Photo: ©

Mavi heat treatment: a sustainable alternative to tropical woods

During mafi heat treatment, the planks are gently dried in a chemical-free process using heat, wind and water. This results in a variety of color nuances, ranging from medium brown to rich dark brown in almost black slabs.

In addition to the dark color of the boards, the wood is also more resistant to fungi and rot.

Mafi flooring at Starzinger GmbH
The innovative Mavi thermal process gives the Oak Country Vulcano Medium a warm medium brown and various other tones. Photo: ©

The thermal process also reduces the natural swelling and shrinkage behavior of wood. In addition to all these benefits, the Vulcano process is a true alternative to tropical woods.
In short, Vulcano flooring offers a multitude of beautiful shades of brown, without the guilt when it comes to humans and the environment.

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