BIOPHILIC DESIGN guide
What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilic Design is a bridge between interior design, nature and wellbeing. It takes the elements of nature that have a positive effect on us and reproduces them indoors, creating interiors that actively support our wellbeing.
How does Biophilic Design work?
Biophilic Design relies on a number of tools - called patterns – that are organized in 3 categories:
- Nature in the Space: incorporating natural elements in design.
- Natural Analogues: replicating natural shapes, patterns, colours and textures.
- Nature of the Space: reproducing the layout of natural environments.
Let's look at each one in turn!
Click on each pattern to read a dedicated article from the blog.
View of natural elements from within the interior.
Interactions with nature through other senses: sound, touch, smell and taste.
3. NON-RHYTHMIC SENSORY STIMULI
Unpredictable and non-repetitive movements that happen in nature like birds chirping or leaves moving in a breeze.
4. THERMAL & AIRFLOW VARIABILITY
Variability in air temperature and flow, changes in relative humidity and varying surface temperatures.
Water as a design feature.
Varying lighting intensities and light changes over time that recall the natural cycle of day and night.
Awareness of seasonal and temporal changes.
Nature-inspired textures, shapes and patterns.
Natural materials and elements that reflect the local environment in terms of ecology or geology.
Rich sensory information recalling natural spatial hierarchies (i.e. fractal patterns).
Biophilic Design & Art Q&A
- What is biophilic design? (00:08:44)
- What’s the easy steps we can do to include biophilic design in our homes and lives? (00:12:35)
- Which plants are best for a biophilic design? (00:17:11)
- In which way can a biophilic concept be seen as a piece of art to add in our home? (00:23:45)
- What’s the biggest challenge when designing biophilic spaces? (00:27:41)
- What inspires your art? Your personal experiences in nature (walks…), photos of nature? (00:32:46)
- I’m having to work from home, but I live in a small condo and I can’t concentrate. What would you suggest? (00:35:53)
- Do you think art can help people fall back in love with nature? (00:42:44)
- How to use risk/peril in biophilic design without it having an adverse effect? (00:46:51)
- Is biophilic design a trend? (00:54:58)
- Which techniques do you use in your art? (01:01:42)
- and more...