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Biophilic Design... The New Normal.

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

Biophilia is defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings – derived from Latin meaning “love of living things”. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the subsequent lockdown, people have felt even less connected to nature than ever, resulting in them clinging to it even more tightly.

People have started bringing nature into their homes to feel closer to the outdoors even while indoors and thus creating harmony between modern architecture and the natural world. If we ourselves did not fall prey to the glorious thrill of keeping house plants, we know someone who did. However, bringing nature into your space doesn’t have to stop at house plants. Through our innate connection to nature, biophilic design was born and has become a prevalent trend in home, business, and retail spaces.

Green wallpaper paired with SapienStone Calacatta Statuario for a natural luxury.

Biophilic design can encompass the use of open-plan spaces in design or bringing greenery into your space with indoor plants or green wallpapering. Emerald green has taken the interior design world by storm in recent years for this exact intention. Similarly, natural shapes can also be used with round, soft shapes, and rounded edges instead of perfectly straight, clean lines which obviously do not exist naturally.

Using the emerald green of SapienStone Alpi Chiaro Venato to bring Mother Nature into any space while making a statement.

Biophilic design doesn’t just stop in the home, in an office space is a concept used to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment. It encourages closer connection which results in improved well-being by reducing anxiety and stress and improving cognitive function and creativity. The use of biophilic design can increase productivity by 20% when incorporated into an office space as we all begin our timid returns to our offices. This could be achieved simply by small indoor plants, or more notably with a natural wooden finish in SapienStone Rovere Baio and Rovere Buckskin.

Using the natural look of SapienStone Rovere Buckskin to bring a comforting warmth into the home.

While the world continues to change and we continue to adapt to the “new normal” we all find ourselves in, we, as humans, still gravitate to the natural world. We feel at peace in nature and so this trend will most likely stick around. So, grab your wooden furniture and your house plants and find your inner garden elf.

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