Workplace design has never played a more important role in the success of a business as more forward-thinking companies are looking for best practice innovations to help boost employee wellness. And one of the most crucial biophilic design considerations is choosing a flooring product that’s made from natural materials, yet will last the test of time.

London-based, design-led studio Matthew Watts Architects explored this concept through a recent client office remodel in London. The firm specified Havwoods International Venture Plank collection of engineered hardwood flooring planks—now offered in the global supplier’s new, highly durable Valour oiled finish. The Valour finish provides superior abrasion, scratch, and impact-resistant properties that extends the life and appearance of hardwood flooring. The result is an exceptional finish, which is five times more resistant to scratching compared to similar alternative finishes.

This UV oil finish excels in scratch resistance, color fastness, hardness and sustainability, delivering a natural raw oil look with unparalleled eco-friendly durability. The FSC-certified and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified-BRONZE Valour coating underwent extensive testing with no visible changes after products, such as red wine, coffee, olive oil, and black tea, were applied to the surface.

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