Biophilic Design

Clerkenwell Design Week will see Flexiform’s Gee Street showroom host a number of valuable talks, about issues that affect the furniture industry. The talk, which will be given by Tim Wraight from Biotecture, “Green walls…. The ultimate biophilic statement” will take a look at what plants can do for us, and how designing projects that use living walls can transform and enrich indoor areas. The talk will focus on 3 main topics; air quality, health & wellbeing and the benefits of plants.

Since being established in 2007, Biotecture Ltd has designed, installed & maintained some of the most iconic living walls in the world. They have delivered cutting edge vertical garden projects, including Heathrow Airport, 20 Fenchurch St, the regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle and Edgware Road tube stations. Across the UK, Europe, North America & the Middle East their portfolio of work & quality of the product has seen them build a reputation as the go-to company of vertical greening.

Tim is the Development Manager for Biotecture Ltd. He has been working with living walls since 2008; his initial project being to install a wall for the pioneering French designer Patrick Blanc. Tim had previously worked as a project manager focusing on green architecture and modular buildings. His experience of multiple disciplines; be it design, construction, irrigation, remote monitoring, and horticulture gives him a unique insight into the effectiveness & appropriateness of living wall installations.

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic DesignBiophilic design is something that is currently under the headlights of designers, dealers, manufacturers, and the end user alike. Why? Because the link between wellbeing and the great, green outdoors has been touted as somewhat the cure to all of our stress, anxiety, and depression in recent years and Biophilia promises to bring the outdoors to very places we spend most of our time, the workplace.

Biophilia as defined by the biologist, E.O. Wilson, as an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. Biophilia is truly a love of life and the living world, and with numerous studies proving that Biophilic design can improve workers wellbeing, the subject of Biophilia is becoming a more and more popular when planning and designing office spaces.