The Biophilic Office

Eren McEwen Biophilic design, Community, Furniture, General, Materials, Office, Technology/ Energy Saving

      There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that by incorporating Biophilic Design into our built environments, we can increase our health and wellbeing. Biophilic design acknowledges that we are instinctively connected to nature and that through exploring this connection within the spaces that we live, relax and work in, we can positively influence our physical and …

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 …

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 – …

Say goodbye fracking, hello eco home mini biodigester

oliver General, Recycling / upcycling, Technology/ Energy Saving

The ongoing protests against oil drilling in the West Sussex village of Balcombe have called many people to assess their view on fracking and its impact on local communities – with many concerned by the environmental impact plus the concerns about water contamination and potential earthquakes. The government meanwhile  seems gripped by an “obsession” with fracking and blind to the …

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 …