Biophilic Design

An Introduction to Biophilic Design

Introduction to Biophilic Design

What is biophilic design?

I keep asking myself the same question over and over again: How can I improve my home in an environmentally friendly way so I can be sure my family stays healthy and at the same time feels “at home”? I found the answer! I’d like to give you a short and sweet introduction to biophilic design.

Biophilia comes from “love of life or living systems”. It suggests that every human being is attracted to nature and has an inherent connection to the natural world.

Ahh, I guess that’s why a lot of people hug a tree?!

No, just kidding…

…but I bet you can feel this too when looking out of your window into a park or walking in nature. This instant connection to nature.

It brings you back in the moment and grounds you. You can feel the elements and you can see the natural colors which are calming and somehow soothing. It gives us comfort. We are nature.

So, what is biophilic design?

Although biophilic design has been around since 1984, when Edward O. Wilson’s most personal book Biophilia was published, it’s a relatively young niche. Wilson argues that “our natural affinity for life–biophilia–is the very essence of our humanity and binds us to all other living things.”

And how right he was!

It’s scientifically proven that we need this connection to nature to be more productive, creative, focused, and healthier. It has a significant impact on our well-being, on our mental and physical health.

Biophilic design can play a role in architecture and interior design. It can transform hospitals, schools, and offices to enhance health and well-being.

We also can integrate it into our own homes. This is where the fun begins…

We can create a space that has an instant benefit on our well-being and health by using natural materials such as wood, cork, organic fabrics, stone, and…you guessed it – plants. You don’t need hundreds of plant pots – think outside the box (or plant pot, if you like). For example, create a living wall with moss.

Wall with wood and plants

Credit: Kadufotografo

Studies have shown that timber has a positive impact on our heart rate. A timber headboard or timber wall in your bedroom could have both a visual and healthy impact on your sleep. For my own bedroom, I decided on a metal free bed from Austria made from Swiss Pine which is easy to assemble and looks very natural.

Where can I get inspiration for my own home?

Worldwide more companies are rethinking design and how it can benefit our well-being in the long run. Follow my Pinterest board on Sustainable Design where I collect sustainable suppliers and manufactures or new materials made out of waste. It also shows examples of how to implement biophilic design into your home.

The best way to connect with nature is to go for walks in a nearby forest, nature reserve, or a park and look out for certain plants you wouldn’t notice usually. Ask yourself what plants you like to see in your home when you wake up or when you sit at your dining table and eat dinner. If you are working from home plants around your office space is essential, especially when you live in a flat with no garden. What kind of plants would make you feel happy? Think of your childhood and buy plants that bring back memories of happy times.

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Where can I get biophilic design?

More designers and companies have realized that biophilic design is hugely beneficial to reduce stress, improve sleep, and our overall well-being. An amazing example is Oliver Heath Design which is based in the UK and dedicated to sustainability and biophilic design. Also promoting sustainable, biophilic, and cruelty-free design is the experienced Chloe Bullock from Materialise Interiors.

When you came this far in my article you must be very interested in this topic. Why not jump on a free discovery call with me. I’m an interior designer with a focus on sustainability and recently became a certified cruelty-free designer. Make contact me here. I’m happy to help you to get started with more well-being in your home.