Example of Biophilic Design in Ramat-Gan Residences, Israel

Biophilic Design: Putting people’s health, and wellness at the centre of design

Buildings serve as environments for us to live, work, and socialise in. And with more time spent indoors than ever before, many of us have become aware of our indoor climate and how this can actively affect our mood, productivity, and health.

Airport first class departure lounge

Cathay Pacific Lounge, London Heathrow Airport

BIID Presentation at Surface Design Show 2022

After attending this year’s Surface Design Show between the 8th and 10th February 2022 held at the Business Design Centre in London, the overriding theme of the show was creating a ‘Sense of Place’. Putting people and the planet’s wellbeing at the heart of design.

On Day 2 of the event, Liz Bell Director from the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), delivered an insightful presentation on ‘The importance of sustainable specification in interior design’, including a powerful statistic from the WELL Building Standard:

‘The average person spends almost 90% of their time indoors’.

This is a lot of time spent away from the great outdoors! As humans, we have an evolutionary need to surround ourselves with nature, which can have a deeply profound effect on both physical and mental health.

With more time spent indoors than ever before, we’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature, which is why biophilic design is no longer a trend, it is a key aspect of interior design.

Biophilic Design

Biophilia can be introduced into a design in a number of ways through natural material selection, use of natural light, incorporating fresh foliage, introducing natural textures, and the choice of colour palette to bring our love of nature indoors. This design principle not only addresses the natural aesthetics but recognises how natural elements can reduce stress, blood pressure, and heart rates whilst also increasing productivity, creativity, and well-being, forming a healthy indoor environment for people to thrive.

Example of Biophilic Design in commercial office space using SanFoot® Real Wood Veneer on the ceiling

Holographic Tech Company, Silicon Valley, California

Nature Inspired

SanFoot® Real Wood Veneer encompasses biophilia, bringing warmth and the rich natural elements of nature indoors. Its natural beauty, combined with its practical, hard-wearing finishes and the ability to apply the material direct to drywall or to various composites, means biophilic design can be achieved through an array of applications and is used across a diverse range of industries.

Putting people at the heart of a space, considering their environment and wellbeing, are important factors to achieving biophilic design.

Example of SanFoot® Real Wood Veneer used in Biophilic Design at NEC Solutions Innovators - Koto, Tokyo

NEC Solutions Innovators, Koto, Tokyo

Industry Insights

Working in collaboration with Architects, Designers, and Specifiers we offer support and guidance throughout all stages of a project. Attending events such as the Surface Design Show 2022 is a great way for us to keep up to date with industry requirements and trends to ensure that our wood solution is meeting the ever-changing needs of specification.

As the supplier of SanFoot® Real Wood Veneer in Europe, we can offer a range of methods to help you understand SanFoot® and how you can make the most out of this versatile material when incorporating Biophilia into your next project.

To discover more about this material contact Inspired Surfaces by calling +44 (0) 1536 428 789

Or email enquiries@inspiredsurfaces.co.uk

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