Organic design: natural shapes turned into objects

in Design Trends

Have you noticed that design is getting way more organic lately? In fact, almost every shape in nature has become a design object!

There’s something that fascinates me a lot about organic design. Seeing a natural shape turned into an object always catches my attention and every time I find myself commenting “isn’t it brilliant?!”. And I bet you will say that too looking at some of the designs I've found (stick around until the end of the post to see them)!


Looking at the aesthetics, organic designs often have a sculptural shape that makes them incredibly decorative. And I personally love it when an object that has a functional purpose also looks like a work of art!
But organic designs are certainly more than just a beautiful aesthetic!

The organic design trend ties into a wider nature trend that values nature as a whole, takes inspiration from it, brings it indoors etc. And this also fits very well into the scope of biophilic design.

If you’re new to biophilic design you can read more on my mini-series dedicated to this topic. You’ll find a general introduction on biophilic design and more details on the principles to achieve it: nature in the space, natural analogues and nature of the space.


With their nature-inspired form, organic shapes are exactly what biophilic design would call “biomorphic forms”. Behind this complex name is a way more relatable goal: create a regenerating indoor ambiance that goes beyond aesthetics and really takes care of our deepest wellbeing.
But how can a simple shape be so powerful?
It may seem strange at first, but exposure to the variety of shapes, forms and sounds we find in nature is beneficial to our health. In particular, it has been proved that we have a natural preference for organic shapes (Joye, Y. (2007)) and that they help reduce stress and enhance concentration.

Organic designs can help recreate nature's ordered complexity indoors, giving some of those health benefits to our homes. Isn't it fascinating?

Have you already read my post on how to make your homes' cozy corner really enhance well-being?


Now to the fun part!
Starting from three natural shapes, I've looked for inspiring organic designs that we could all use to make our (and our clients') homes a bit healthier. Look what I've found!


Moodboard of organic design objects inspired by rocks.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign


Moodboard of organic design objects inspired by branches.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign


Moodboard of organic design objects inspired by leaves.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: DforDesign

So did you comment "isn't it brilliant?!" to any of these items? Let me know your favourites in the comments below!

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