Zoom image | View original size
Architects are known for returning from travel with more photos of buildings than people and for having an esoteric vocabulary of their own. Of course, these are clichés that are not always true. But something that unites most designers is the tendency to pay attention to each detail that makes up a project, be it the material that covers the facade, the junction between different floors, how the doors open, the type of window frame, how the forms were put together for concreting, and more. But a detail that often goes unnoticed – and that makes a huge difference in interior design – is baseboards. The junction between the wall and the floor is a place highly exposed to the accumulation of dirt, moisture, and shocks caused by feet, chairs, brooms, and vacuum cleaners. Almost always, it exists at the encounter of two different materials. Thus, baseboards have the function of protecting the area and providing a finish. Moreover, in addition to their aesthetic and functional role, some models can go further, hiding electrical wiring or even pipes for space heating. In hospital settings, baseboards must receive a lot of close attention: in intensive care environments and operating rooms, it is essential that the baseboards allow for complete cleaning to avoid any type of proliferation of fungi and bacteria. Specific local regulations must be followed in this case. But, in general, when it comes to specifying baseboards in projects, there exist four main options: View more View full description
Share Share