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Mindful Working Environments

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Busy modern day offices, particularly open-plan and collaborative spaces, are filled with many disruptive noises: phones ringing, machines whirring, photocopiers beeping and other people’s conversations. In fact, research demonstrates that we are distracted once every 11 minutes whilst at work and it can take us 23 minutes to regain our concentration. This can make it extremely difficult to remain focused …

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Sleep Event 2015 – Business Design Centre, London

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Hospitality Design, Hotel Design

As part of this year’s Sleep Event, Oliver Heath Design is creating a hotel room set, which utilises and demonstrates various Biophilic design principles. ‘Into the Woods and Far Away’ aims to soothe the guest as well as strengthen their innate connection with nature. With over 30 years of scientific research, Biophilic design has been proved to have many physiological …

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Biophilic Design comes to Norway

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials

Tid for Hjem for Norways TV2’s            This dark dingy, unused basement space was in need of some attention. Oliver recently used Biophilic design principles to transform the room into a productive, creative and energising environment. Before, the L-shaped room lacked natural light and a connection with nature. By incorporating a new window plus bright white, reflective surfaces, the …

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Biophilia – the future of eco design, health and well being?

oliver General, Healthy spaces

As a designer passionate about the built environment and sustainability, incorporating a sense of nature has been a recurring theme to much of my design and media work. These ideas are neatly summed up under the concept of “Biophilic design”, and over the last 30 years there has been an outpouring of fascinating research and data demonstrating the benefits of …

Breathing spaces are better spaces – how nature is helping purify our living spaces

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Natural stuff

We ask a lot from the spaces that we inhabit; practicality, durability, energy , aesthetics, acoustics. But where health does that sit within our requirements? It goes without saying that our health is improved by regular fresh air changes through controlled ventilation. But before the times of MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) systems there were other ways that the …

BBC DIY SOS – Sunderland – How Biophilia can make a house a sustainable healthy home

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Natural stuff

My last BBC DIY SOS shoot was as ever a much deserved project where we completely rebuilt and refurbished the home of the Finlay family in Sunderland. It’s home to John, June and daughter Heather, who’s family life was brought into chaos when June fell ill with Clippers disease just as she came about her retirement. Its debilitating effect meant that …

My Norwegian Design Adventure – Small homes can be better homes

oliver General

You may not know it, but i have something of a secret TV career going on in Norway. Well i say secret Norway’s TV2 are making sure all Norwegians know. My last project was set in this beautiful house dating from the 19th Century, located just outside Bergen. Whilst it seems grand from the exterior the main spaces that the …