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 …

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 …

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 …

Designing eco homes inspired by nature- for happier & healthier places to live

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Natural stuff

The BBC Science and environment site recently identified that the correlation between access to green spaces and well-being is becoming increasingly important and as a means to cut billions for the NHS. The Woodland Trust’s chief executive, Sue Holden stated “It is a connection that we know intrinsically, we believe it to be true but increasingly it is something that evidence is …

Eco homes need to get Smart – make your home Better with smart materials, products and technologies

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving

As a designer I’m seeing a wide range of so called “Smart” products and materials that are enhancing our lives and our homes, coming onto the market – some are with us now and some are emerging technologies. Not simply the never ending stream of connected consumer electronics and IT items but also others such as materials and products – …

Is technology and social media impacting on our social lives at home?

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Technology/ Energy Saving

It seems that our domestic social lives have been making the headlines over the last few weeks with the impact of smart phones, tablets and mobile devices at the root of these changes – both good and bad, depending on your view point. Recent research by the National Literacy Trust shows having set mealtimes with the whole family will boost a child’s …

Eco Kitchen Interiors set to become smart intelligent spaces

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Technology/ Energy Saving, Water saving

With kitchens being the one space in the home that uses the most resources on a daily basis, were seeing that eco kitchens are also set to become smart kitchens – learning and adapting user behaviour – minimising resource input to maximise output -might even bring a smile to the eco side of Grodon Ramsay ! But what are the …