If you already know us here at Frovi, you’ll know we thrive on enabling creative spaces and modern, inventive design concepts. A concept we’ve been taking an interest in recently is biophilic design and how furniture plays a central part. We think it’s really cool and could be a great addition to both homes and office spaces, so check it out! We’ve got the low-down for you right here.
What Is Biophilic Design?
Before we created urban cities, houses and offices, we spent a lot of our time as human beings outdoors. It’s in our nature to be connected to nature. In fact, our health and well- being now is still intricately linked with the benefits of being outdoors. But, our busy modern lives today don’t always allow us that crucial time outside that we need to feel good, so biophilic design works to become the bridge between indoors and outdoors, creating spaces that we as humans can thrive in.
Biophilic design is carried out with our best interests at heart. It’s about more than beautiful aesthetics; it’s about creating environments that we can perform to the best of our abilities in, day in and day out, and nurture our inner craving for nature.
How Does Biophilic Design Help?
It’s okay if you’re a bit cynical about the whole thing. It does sound kind of crazy that our minds and bodies can be so affected by a bit of clever interior design! So, to help show you why this is such a great movement in design, we’re going to reference our good friend Oliver Heath, a pioneer in biophilic design, and give you some stats to blow your mind.
Firstly, by incorporating natural elements into an indoors environment, research shows that things like stress, blood pressure and heart rates have all been reduced, whilst creativity, well-being and productivity see an obvious rise.
By incorporating biophilic design into your office, you can increase productivity amongst your employees by 8%, whilst well-being can sky-rocket to an increase of 13%. In schools, rates of learning increased by 20-25%, concentration and attendance rose and symptoms of ADHD lessened. In healthcare areas, recovery time after an operation was reduced by 8.5% and the need for pain meds was reduced by 22%. All of this simply from incorporating aspects of nature that we instinctively connect with – isn’t that crazy?
How Can You Start?
By now, you’re probably eager to get some biophilic design going on in your workspace, and we don’t blame you! If you need some help optimising your environment, get in touch with us at Frovi. We’re experts in furniture and can also use the wisdom of Oliver Heath Interior Designs, who are wizards in all things biophilic, to help you create a space you can work and be happy in.