What is Biophilic Design? Dating back to the 20th century or as far back as 600 BC with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Biophilic Design has made a comeback within the past 30 years. A concept used in architecture and home design, Biophilic design aims to connect us more with nature while still creating a space that is functional and caters to our overall well-being.
Biophilia is the natural human need or instinct to connect with nature, which is important for people's physical, and mental health in our modern world. The Biophilic Design encourages bringing the outside indoors while also taking inspiration from the land. How and in which way the trees grow, from how the light hits in certain areas. All while creating a symbiotic relationship between us and nature.
International Living Furniture Institute shows us an amazing example of Biophilic Design with their Dessert Rain house on how to consider everything when building a home in tune with nature.
So how do we incorporate the Biophilic blueprint into our apartments, current homes, or offices when we do not have the luxury of building something from the ground up?
An easy starting point to help encourage nature indoors is plants. Incorporating plants into your space improves air quality, may improve stress, and may sharpen your attention. Choosing plants that best fit your climate and the amount of lighting in your house sets you up for easy success. It is also encouraged in the Biophilic aesthetic that fake plants can also be incorporated into your design if real plants do not fit your lifestyle. Consider choosing an air purifier as well to add to the air quality in your home. Take into consideration the cleaning products you use in your home. Using GREENGUARD GOLD-certified products like BONA, can also promote overall health in wellness in your home.