Biophilic Design: Why Reconnect with Nature at Home

What is biophilic design?

A concept put forward by American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in the 1960s and taken up twenty years later by biologist Edward O. Wilson, biophilia would be defined today as a vital human need for contact with the natural world. Living in the city, in the heart of winter, in a small apartment, working daily in offices and in front of a screen … this aspiration is sometimes difficult to meet. Difficult but not impossible. Here are the solutions.

Why is biophilic design trending in 2022?

A note from the first weeks of confinement in 2020: an explosion in gardening activities as well as crafts, the latter mainly related to outdoor facilities. Then the desire to live abroad confirmed itself. At the end of 2021, Pinterest announced a 150% increase in expression searches. Biophilic architecture “and 100% for” Biophilic decoration The enthusiasm you elicit obviously continues, but it’s not always easy to bring nature into your home when you don’t have privileged access to a forest, park, garden or porch.

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How do you integrate nature into the home?

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No one is really surprised to learn that greener neighborhoods will be quieter and more rejuvenated, with a 7-8% lower crime rate. Areas with access to nature will benefit from a 4-5% increase in real estate prices.
To make up at home for the cruel imperfection of nature that prevents us from satisfying the absolute necessity of our well-being, the answers are varied, aiming for different budgets and requiring more or less major investment or development work.

The privilege of a visual connection to nature. For a minimal budget, you can modify the furniture design to take advantage of the outside views of your home if it is located near a garden or in a landscape. Adding cut flowers and potted plants to rooms with windows brings real benefits. Plant containers on window sills, hanging plants, large indoor plants, plant frames, balcony or balcony greening: Get started! If you follow the desire and budget, dare green roof, green walls, landscape skylights and garden rest areas.

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Stay connected with the outside light

At a minimum, you should be able to make use of as much natural light as possible so that your body “connects” to the biological clock that corresponds to it season after season. The same is true for the production of melatonin, which controls your ability to fall asleep. Artificial light can actually disturb your circadian rhythm. This can have physiological and cognitive consequences for your overall health. By increasing your exposure to sunlight you can restore your rhythm and thus improve your well-being and performance. Philippe Starck, a designer associated with interior luxury, recently gave us his recommendations for points to watch out for. He considered everything, from the layout of the rooms, to the layout and colours, including the temperature of the lamps, the view and the display: “Man is a plant like the others.” […] I recommend morning sun if you can’t have both. »

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Consider reviewing your lighting requirements. This is a daylight following lamp that offers lighting that adapts to the color temperature at all times, but also to your activity and age, which regulates the blue light in the evening and improves visual performance but can also become a comfortable and sufficient reading lamp or even act as a dawn simulator to wake you up. It can be managed and programmed using a dedicated application. © Dyson Lightcycle Morph

Use natural materials

When possible, choose a stone wall, and incorporate a botanical or watercolor wall, raw wood furniture, cotton linens, etc. Avoiding plastic and focusing on simple, healthy and sustainable materials will not only benefit the planet. Lucille Collette, author of Living Differently, a book devoted to slow lives, puts it this way: “Some materials can lift us up more than others. Natural materials are calmer. Plastic weighs. The connection to his body and the planet changes according to the materials that surround We shine even more in a home that combines originality, simplicity, and natural materials.”

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Colors and scents connect with nature

Sophie Mouton Press this fall published “Decorate Emotions, Turn Your Living Space Into A Source of Luxury.” I suggested Build your own interior »To reconnect with the earth, for being unable to walk in nature, by surrounding oneself with appropriate colors and materials. In addition to the obvious choice of natural materials, she recommends for this “cabin” choosing soft lighting but also creating “beautiful shades of earthy, brown, pinkish brown or terracotta for the bedspreads and curtains; […] Smooth it out with brighter nude colours. »
However, she does not reject gray because “as unchangeable as rocks are not held by rain and wind, and metallic colors include the large family of grays.” […] Gray can be compared to silence, a benevolent silence that allows the mind to rest. »

the side archology The author explains that “essential oils that bring us back to the energy of the earth are recognizable by their ‘earthy’ scent.” It is as if the essential oil can impart the tree’s strength and ability to take root. Thus, it tops the trio of cedar (Cedrus atlantica) and patchouli (Pogostemon cabin). ) and vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoïde) list the scents that help you take root.

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Biophilic design and work

Among the main advantages of the application Biophile design in a professional environment There is a reduction in absenteeism and stress-related illnesses, an increase in efficiency of up to 8%, well-being rates of 15% and a marked stimulus to creativity. The benefits are increasingly driving multinational corporations, from New York to Paris, from Canada to major European cities, to greening workspaces. On the hotel side, a study showed that customers would be willing to pay 23% more for rooms featuring a biophilic design. There is also an increase in learning rates from 20 to 25% in educational spaces and, even crazier, an improvement in test scores accompanied by better levels of focus and attendance associated with reduced effects of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In healthcare facilities, there is an 8.5% reduction in postoperative recovery time and a 22% reduction in pain reliever needs. The most ironic but obvious: the use of vegetation and landscaping increases rental rates for commercial spaces and increases customer spending by 8-12% in commercial spaces. However, the study doesn’t say why when you feel better, you spend more…
If you don’t have a hand with office decoration, it is always possible to bring some plants and talk about them to your Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee (CHSCT) and to improve the comfort of their office by working electronically. By looking a little deeper into what reminds you of nature, you will also find other sources of well-being: fountains, sounds, images or perfumes… Feel free to draw inspiration from ” 14 principles of biophilic design » By Terrapin Bright Green View French translator and decoder on Interface website.

(Source: Biophilic Designs)

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© Six Senses Hotel Kyoto project with Biophile design by Blink Design Group. Scheduled opening in 2024.

Use plants for your well-being

In addition to these comprehensive feng shui tips, common sense decorating tips, and scientific studies, these latest stats should encourage you to embrace one of the easiest things you can do to incorporate more nature into your daily life, and that is: bring plants indoors. Maplantemonbonheur.fr’s Opinionway survey will reassure you: you are in fact far from the only person who loves the company of plants:

  • 74% of the French find indoor plants good for their spirits, 33% talk to them, 19% give them a name,
  • 66% feel they are allowing them to reconnect with nature,
  • 3 out of 4 workers like to work in a plant-based environment,
  • 67% say plants enhance their well-being and 52% say their creativity

How do we grow within it in order to benefit from its effects according to our individual needs? Alexander Bond, founder of Biophilic Designs, is biophilic design Londoner. He shares tips for connecting with nature in the master class below, which invites you to apply the principles of “plant design” at home:

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