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Biophilic Design

24 Sep 2020

Biophilic design is a modern movement which involves the integration of nature into our built environment for its health and wellbeing benefits. In our latest edition of our Wood Book we explore the role of Biophilic design in interior design.

When looking to understand wellbeing you might simply define it as: “the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity... good mental health, high life satisfaction, and a sense of meaning or purpose.” Considering we spend 90% of our lives indoors, it really is in our best interest that those buildings we spend so much time in contribute to our overall wellbeing.

One way of doing this directly is to bring real nature into a space. Biophilic Design expert Oliver Heath suggests that this can be from something obvious like having more plants in a room with “living walls” becoming increasingly popular, or by maximising natural light and air flow. Studies have proved that natural light increases our mental functions, including memory.

If bringing nature into a project directly isn’t feasible (whether due to budget or practical limitation), indirect contact with nature has measurable benefits too. A 2010 study by Karlstads University in Sweden suggested that “simulated natural environments facilitate stress reduction”.

Suggestions for bringing nature indirectly into your design:

  • Biomorphic forms and patterns – for example organic shapes, curves, spirals, and natural colours
  • Material Connection – natural materials are a great way to integrate nature indirect – wood obviously being our favourite!
  • Complexity and order – designs that reflect the complexity and order of nature through pattern and repetition.


In this family-owned vegan restaurant and juice bar, Ardesia from our Italian Collection has been used on the walls to bring the warmth of wood combined with greenery and stone, to incorporate nature into the store’s organic roots.

Juice Theory in Brooklyn, NYC
Avobar London 1


Drawing on the laid-back aesthetic of California this avocado lover’s dream showcases a variety of wood tones across it’s flooring and beyond, combined with ever-present greenery and beautiful natural lighting the sense of calm oozes from all angles.


This stunning villa offers an abundance of natural light from its floor to ceiling windows pulling the outdoors in, and the views of the surrounding greenery and waterscapes offer truly tranquil living.

Bayshore Miami Beach 4