Edward Wilson once wrote that nature “holds the key to our aesthetic, cognitive and spiritual satisfaction”. He would later elaborate on this, coining what we now refer to as biophilia (the belief that humans must seek sustained connection with the outdoor world if they are to live an effective life). In design, biophilia adopts a number of aliases, underpinning everything from “wellness” through to Dulux’s new Tranquil Dawn colour palette.
And as society has woken up to the importance of nature-orientated spaces, a new genre of biophilic design has emerged. Building on Wilson’s initial hypothesis, it seeks to incorporate the power of the natural world into built environments — either through architectural devices or simple interior changes. In this week’s blog, we’ll walk you through four approaches to biophilic design, for a lush and soothing home this autumn.