Ever heard of biophilic design? Don’t stress. Before we started manufacturing breathtaking indoor gardens, we hand’t heard of it either. But once we dug into it, we realized Biophilic Design is at the centre of what we do. Biophilic Design is essentially a fancy term for when designers incorporate nature into the design of buildings, spaces, furniture, and more to promote health and happiness. More like bio-fantastic design, we think.
So, what does biophilic design actually look like?
Well, it can mean designing using natural materials like wood and stone, maximizing natural light, incorporating natural shapes and patterns, adding indoor plants, providing views of nature, and even including water features like fountains and ponds within a building, space, design, or product. It’s about increasing our connectivity to an environment we’ve adapted and evolved within for millenia!
And guess what? Research has shown that biophilic design can have some seriously awesome benefits. For example, exposure to natural light and views of nature can improve cognitive function and reduce stress levels. Plus, adding plants to a workspace can improve productivity by up to 15% - how's that for a green thumb?
But the benefits don't stop there. Biophilic design can even improve the health and well-being of hospital patients. Studies have found that patients with views of nature had shorter hospital stays and required less pain medication than those without. And on top of all that, using natural materials and maximizing natural light can even reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Talk about a win-win!
So, the next time you're in a space that makes you feel calm, peaceful, and connected to nature, take a closer look. Chances are, it's biophilic design at work!