Design Trends: Biophilic Design

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Planters and real foliage bring the outdoors into the workplace

What is biophilic design?

The movement to incorporate natural elements into the workplace creating a human centred approach that can improve the spaces we commonly use, with numerous benefits to health and well-being. This trend has been increasingly growing in popularity in all elements of design.

biophilic design example exposed brick and plants indoors

With people living and working indoors 90% of the time, this trend is becoming more popular and is considered to be the best practice for architects, building engineers and designers. Humans have an innate need to feel connected to nature and find that biophilic design is most popular in locations that don’t have easy access to the outdoors. Natural elements have been proven to be beneficial on many levels, with plants and other organic materials tending to make people feel calmer, happier and healthier.

wooden lamp shades bring the outdoors in

However, this trend is not just about placing random plants in the office. Biophilic design uses nature to create patterns and forms that shape the architecture, design or furniture, becoming a fundamental element to many designs. This can be achieved by nature-based wall dividers constructed out of wood, incorporating plant life, ensuring access to natural light, along with many other methods. These are all elements taking shape in today’s office design.

wooden seating area brings natural textures indoors

It’s interesting to see how this trend has grown and how it will continue to shape all forms of design, will we be seeing more of it in our projects? Keep up to date with our case studies to find out.

Posted August 29, 2018

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