The Garden School, Hackney

Oliver Heath Biophilic design, colour, Education, Fabrics, Furniture, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials, Schools, Uncategorized

There is a wealth of evidence that Biophilic Design can improve wellbeing when incorporated into the built environment. Biophilic Design applies the principles that humans have an innate attraction to nature and that increasing our connection with natural elements through the spaces in which we inhabit, work or relax, can improve our physiological and psychological health. Imagine what benefits it …

Boosting your brainwaves – how biophilia can boost creativity and help us avoid depression

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, Community, Education, Healthcare, Healthy spaces

  Hans Berger discovered the first brain waves using electrodes to measure the electronic pulses in the brain. ‘Brain waves’ are produced by electrical pulses passing between neurons within the brain. These cycles of electrical activity occur at various speeds and in different parts of the brain depending on our mental activity. Brainwaves can therefore be measured (in Hertz – …

Natural Rhythm – The health and wellbeing benefit of ‘Non Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli’

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving

Most of us spend the predominant part of our lives indoors. These spaces where we live, study, work and relax are often lacking in the natural sensory stimuli that is being shown more and more to increase our productivity, happiness and health. Evidence has begun to emerge that the inclusion of Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli (NRSS) can also start to enhance …

Tid for Hjem 'Biophilic Principals for Better, Healthier, More Sociable Homes'

Biophilic principles for better, happier and more sociable homes – A Tid for Hjem case study

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, colour, Furniture, Healthy spaces, Lighting

Our latest Tid for Hjem was a fantastic opportunity to create a lively, dynamic family space in Bergen by incorporating key Biophilic patterns of light, texture, color , a sense of prospect and retreat. The clients, a young couple with a baby, while very happy with the rest of their new house felt that the kitchen/dining area felt far too …

A Greener Community!

Elly Deakin Community, Healthy spaces

Guerrilla gardening is good fun for everyone. It’s an activity that involves transforming hidden, unloved and uninspiring spaces into pockets of green goodness, for us to enjoy and help us feel close to nature. Due to urbanisation, we are becoming increasingly isolated from nature therefore it’s important to bring elements of greenery back into our city environments. Guerrilla gardening encourages people …

Biophilic Urban Living

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces

Cities around the world are increasingly booming and expanding. According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living within urban environments by 2050. However, as we relocate to the city, we are becoming more and more distant from from nature. We might think that we have everything we need living in a city, however, a lack of access to …

Biophilic Retail Spaces

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Healthy spaces, Hospitality Design

Retail environments play a central role in our everyday lives – we all need those essentials like food and clothing. A recent House of Commons report stated that during 2014 alone, UK consumers spent around a huge £378 billion. Does the design of a shop have an influence on whether you enter it? Does the look and feel of a shop influence …

Urban-nature makeover for Tid for Hjem

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Furniture, Healthy spaces, Materials

The existing layout of the family room was lacking good circulation and the kitchen was isolated and dingy. We solved this by demolishing the wall next to the kitchen to create an open-plan interior where natural light could easily flow throughout the entire space. The new kitchen area now extends behind the fireplace into the rest of the room, however still remains …

A Focus on Nature: The Attention Restoration Theory

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Education, Healthy spaces, Uncategorized

When we spend a long period of time on a task without taking a break, we inevitably start to feel our attention span waning. Within modern working environments, we are faced with numerous tasks and activities throughout the day – and in order to get these done efficiently, they require consistent focus. However, excessive working and deadline pressures can increase …

A Natural Selection

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Healthy spaces, Materials

The selection of colours we come across everyday affect our mood and behaviour as well as the decisions we make – be it shopping, eating or decorating our home. But why is this? Why do some colours make us feel calm and energised whilst others leave us feeling irritated or sad? Schloss and Palmer’s theory “The Ecological Valence theory” explains our preferences for …