One of the big trends for 2018 workplace interiors is the growth of Biophilic Design within the workplace. It’s a trend that’s been around for a few years now and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilic simply put means love of nature and living things, as humans we have an innate instinct to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Explains why everyone loves a cute kitten video right?
The term was coined by Edward O Wilson in the 1980s an American psychologist after he observed that the fast rates of urbanisation was leading to a disconnection with the natural world. With high rates of migration to urban settings it became increasingly obvious that biophilic was important to our health and well-being.
Biophilic Design uses these ideas to create a human centred approach to the places we live and work in, which adds numerous health benefits to our wellbeing.
Research based approach
Research into Biophilic design has suggested even small changes to incorporate nature can improve productivity, especially with the astonishing fact that 33% of all respondents in a global study by human spaces said that the design of the office would affect their decision to work for a company. The design trend comes at a time when almost a fifth of office workers are believed to have no natural elements in their office.
In the working environment we focus on demanding tasks and because of this, factors in our environments can often distract us and cause mental fatigue over long periods of time, yet when workplaces incorporate nature this can create tranquil settings that allow more effortless attention. Which in turn has a less draining effect on our minds.
How to incorporate biophilic design into your workplace
When it comes to Biophilic design in the office, it’s not as simple as adding a few plants here and there. Incorporating nature into your office space can be done through light, colour, materials, patterns, textures, sounds. The use of natural materials like wood, wool and stone connects the interior to nature. Colour and textures within fabrics can be used in break out areas which can mimic nature as well as adding a sense of warmth, familiarity and comfort.
Studies have confirmed that workers that get more sunlight are more likely to be active, sleep better are have better mental and physical health. Big windows that allow plenty of daylight are essential to a well-designed office interior.
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