What is Biophilic Design?

May 07, 2024

What is Biophilic Design?

The principles of biophilic design aim to connect living spaces with nature, promoting well being and harmony within those built environments.  

We see these principles in architectural designs that provide a view or “prospect” which connects with our evolutionary need to see danger coming, or provide an advantageous viewpoint from which to see opportunities in the wild. 

The use of natural materials, shapes, colors and plants incorporate elements of the natural world outside into our every day surroundings and inside spaces.  Not only do these act as visual reminders of the outdoors and the innate feelings that come from being in nature but it also fosters a sense of calm and relaxation within our indoor spaces. 

This is at the core of biophilic design.

Looking at this image above, by incorporating a hair on hide ottoman, a pure wool rug, a spice colored linen pillow, textured, woven rattan and water hyacinth baskets, and dried foliage, the overall feeling is of an informal, relaxed space that echoes our natural world. The earthy tones and rustic aesthetics further enhance the connection to nature.

Hair-on-hide furniture and those made from natural sheepskins are crafted from animal hides, and inherently bring a touch of nature indoors. Theorganic texture andpatterns of the hides evoke a sense of being in the wild, resonating with our innate biophilic tendencies. These tendencies arealsomanifestations of our evolutionary need to seek safety,warmth and shelter. 

 The unique nature of each hide stimulates the human brain’s need for subtle and interesting variation.  

By integrating modern hair-on-hide furniture into interior design schemes, we can create spaces that not only look beautiful but also nurture our innate connection to nature, promoting well-being and enriching our living environments.