Biophilic Design

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According to Metropolis Design Magazine, “If design doesn’t focus on aspects of the natural world that contribute to human health and productivity in the age-old struggle to be fit and survive, it is not biophilic.” Biophilic design is driven by the desire to design spaces with the consideration of the end-user’s wellbeing.  It seeks to link us to our innate necessity to be connected to the earth. Nature has driven inspiration for artists, investors, and entrepreneurs since the beginning of time.  There’s a balance within aspects of nature our bodies naturally gravitate towards, like the strength of the hexagonal shape found in a bee’s hive and the inevitable hierarchy of the branches of a tree coming off of a central, more predominant trunk.

The radial configuration of a nautilus shell, a flower or a snowflake creates a sense of balance.  This concept fed the design for this healthcare lobby:

Even movements within nature can drive design concepts. Consider the ripple effect of a rock landing in a lake or the sweeping motion the wind makes on sand dunes of the desert.  This gentle repetition calms people, lessening anxiety as you come to know what to expect.

The colors of nature are limitless but the combination of specific hues within an interior space is what evokes the sense of being tied to nature. 

Of course, there’s also a more literal translation of natural elements in art inspired by nature such as this mobile that was inspired by a school of fish:

The use of dehydrated moss provides visual interest within the lobby of this affordable housing project and the textiles selected for the adjacent furniture reinforce the organic feel to this space:

What aspects of nature inspire you?  Please share with us, your ideas might even fuel our next design concept!

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