Light + Color = Chakra

Courtesy of jury member Denise Turner

Chakra, or energy center, is a Sanscrit word, mean ing “Wheel of Light”. It refers to the body’s seven major energy centers which are positioned along the spinal column. Each chakra (pronounced “shah-krah”), h as a unique function that corresponds to a specific color and essence, beginning with the Root Chakra, at the base of spine, and continuing up to the Crown Chakra, on top of the head. These energy portholes regulate the flow of energy in and out of our body. When one chakra malfunctions, its neighboring chakras are also affected, causing illness. Chroma Therapy assists in rebalancing the body to its optimum wellness.

Here’s an explanation of what each chakra does, and how chroma and aroma therapy supports them. We’ve also chosen a Vanceva® Color Studio for laminated glass color to represent each of the chakra’s below:

chakra1First Chakra – located at the base of the spine

Color: Red

Essence: Cedar

Association: Strength, courage, health, vigor, sexuality, physical survival instinct, will, and vitality

Controls: Adrenal glands, produce adrenalin, which is essential for “Fight or Flight”. They secrete a variety of hormones such as those that regulate the metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and the ones that control and balance salt.

If you are a procrastinator or in a sluggish time of your life, paint your room in Red. Bring in the essence of Cedar and get ready to take off!

First Chakra in Glass:

Vanceva® Deep Red (Color Layer: 000C)

Solar Transmittance: 0.36

Visible Light Transmittance: 0.14

Shading Coefficient: 0.59

chakra2Second Chakra – located below the naval.

Color: Orange

Essence: Gardenia

Association: Sexuality, passion, confidence, enthusiasm, striving and self-motivation

Controls: Reproductive organs, bladder, circulatory system, prostrate, womb, ovaries and testes

Designing a room for people to socialize and play in ? Paint it in Orange and bring in the essence of Gardenia and let the party begin!  Orange and Red stimulate the appetite (which is why they’re used in fast-food restaurants). They can work well in a kitchen or dining room, unless you’re watching your weight. If you are, you might consider using green, a color associated with health and harmony.

Second Chakra in Glass:

Vanceva® Tangerine (Color Layer: 000E)

Solar Transmittance: 0.54

Visible Light Transmittance: 0.41

Shading Coefficient: 0.75

Colorful Aesthetics Meets High Performance: The Benefits of Laminated Glass

“The nice thing about colored interlayers is that they offer the colorful aesthetics combined with the performance benefits of laminated glass, including safety, security, solar and sound protection.  They can even be used in combination with high-performance coatings and silk-screening to maximize performance and aesthetics.”

— Alissa Schmidt, Architectural Design Associate, Viracon Inc.

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Color & Light: The Healing Power of Glass in Interior Spaces


Courtesy of jury member Denise Turner

In many parts of the world, interior designers and architects are required, by code to specify fluorescent lighting for commercial as well as residential interiors. However not all fluorescent lighting is created equal, which is why it is imperative that we specify the best possible light source; for the integrity of our designs and for the health of building occupants.  LED lighting is rapidly emerging in every aspect of interior design and is gaining popularity for its color resolution and environmental benefits. Increased use of glass also meets the increasing demands of the environmental and energy issues that are tied to stricter building codes. The expanded use of glass for interior partitions, doors, wall cladding and more helps to transmit and reflect n atur al, full spectrum light in a given space, and can reduce the building’s energy load.

Respected light researcher, Dr. John Ott, conducted a study on the effects of full spectrum lighting on humans. One classroom used standard fluorescent lighting while the other used full spectrum lighting. The children exposed to standard fluorescent lighting displayed hyperactivity, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. The students in the full spectrum lighting classroom had much better academic performances, were calm and developed one third fewer cavities than those children in the cool white fluorescent class room. Light therapy is also a common hospital procedure for treating premature, jaundice infants.

The Mayo Clinic treats a verity of conditions with light therapy. By exposing patients to the bright lights of the light therapy box (more intense than standard household lighting) it alters their body’s internal clock or circadian rhythms. It suppresses their body’s natural release of melaton in and causes a biochemical changes in the brain.
The Mayo Clinic uses light therapy to treat conditions like:

  • » SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) as well as non-seasonal depression
  • » OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • » Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • » Postpartum depression
  • » Certain sleep disorders, jet lag

Hear ing this, it is not hard to imagine how better, more natural lighting through the increased use of glass could also affect patient recovery times in hospitals and medical facilities around the world.

Shedding Light on Entry Rules & Requirements

When considering a project to submit, the creative expression of color and light will be your key differentiator among other entries in the eyes of the jury. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009. And submitting your design is free and easy.  Enter your project today.

For additional details and requirements, learn more here. Entries will be open until August 15th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

World of Color Awards Webisode #1: The Color Forecasting Process

Aimee Davis, Solutia’s Architectural Market Manager for the Americas, talks about color forecast ing and current color trends in architectural glass.

The Growth of Color in Laminated Glass.

“I think the reason that there’s growth and excitement surrounding the use of colored laminated interlayers is the fact it unleashes the designer from the ‘same old’ glass substraight colors that have been around forever.    Architects and designers now have the same pallet with glass that they have with paints- the whole spectrum!   The world of possibilities open up and then you add the tremendous multi function properties of laminated glass, and you are really using a dynamic product option.”

— Max Perilstein, Vice President of Marketing, Arch Aluminum & Glass and Arch Deco

A Home for Colorful Discussion

We are pleased to introduce the World of Color Awards website, also known as The Floor Plan. Throughout the international design competition, this will be your home for updates, inspiration, opinions and colorful discussion.

We invite you to visit regularly or follow the site as it evolves via Facebook and Twitter. The esteemed panel of international architects and designers who will be making up the Jury will also be posting their observations about color in the built environment and beyond.  Because the use of color in design and architecture breaks through cultural and language barriers alike, we will be using this space to explore the world of color that is being built around us everyday – on every continent of the globe.

Here, you will find the work of your peers, information about new technologies and design techniques, as well as an open invitation to become an active member of this international community.

The Floor Plan is your forum, awaiting the insights and inspirations you deem worthy.  To contribute, simply contact us, and submit your thoughts here. We look forward to creating a place online where the passion of architecture and design can take root, inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers to explore.

As the World of Color Awards competition nears its end, we will be featuring select entries and reminding you of key dates for entry submission. This is your chance to be recognized on a global stage.  Continue dreaming in color, and we hope you return soon.

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