‘Into the Woods and Faraway’
Designed and completed by Oliver Heath, Kirsty Parker, Elly Deakin and Elevation Design
Many folk and fairy tales use the metaphor of wild natural spaces, such as “the woods” as “liminal spaces”; those where the usual rules of society and life do not apply. When our heroes or heroines step into the woods, curious and wondrous things begin to happen: a path is lost, a frog is kissed, a wish comes true, a true prince is met… Life changing moments happen when we surround ourselves with nature.
This is still true today. However, as we lose contact with nature through urbanisation, industrialisation and technological advancement, it’s too easy to forget the many incredible things that happen to us when we surround ourselves with nature’s presence.
Research has shown that when we connect with nature, our stress levels reduce and we become healthier, happier and more productive. Biophilia (meaning love of nature) is the science that investigates human’s innate connection with nature and natural processes. By utilising the principles that underpin this philosophy, we can use Biophilic design to improve the many spaces we live, work and relax in.
When we stay in a hotel, we expect life to be calmer – it’s time out of our homes and offices; out of our usual social and physical environments. At some fundamental level, we all expect this time to be free of the usual everyday stresses and strains. But how often do hotel rooms truly deliver on these opportunities?
‘Into the Woods and Faraway’ seeks to soothe the visitor within a hotel room designed to improve health and well being by strengthening their connection with nature. This space uses a combination of direct and indirect natural references, both material and technological, to tap into the Biophilic touchstones within us all.
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Interface Flooring – ‘Urban retreat’ carpet tiles
Fired Earth – Floor tiles and bathroom furniture
John Lewis – Bedding, mirrors and lamp shades
Ligne Roset – Seating
Pinch – Side tables, milk stools and mirrors
The Worm that Turned – Hanging lanterns
Enterprise Plants – Green wall and air plants
Photonstar LED – Circadian lighting system
Shou-sugi-ban – Scorched larch wooden cladding
Urbanara – Bed sheets and towels
Sara Newman Design – Glassware
Timorous Beasties – Printed cushions
Wallace and Sewell – Throws