Biophilia is essentially our “love of living things”. Scientists and psychologists have, since the 1960s, identified the enormous benefits that living with nature confers on us, but it is only now that interior and exterior design is really starting to celebrate this progressive trend to lessen, not only our environmental impact, but also to enhance our well-being.
In 1984 the biologist and double Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward O. Wilson defined the term biophilia as “the innate tendency [in human beings] to focus on life and lifelike process. ..Our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hopes rise on its currents.” In other words, as humans we love nature, we come from it, are part of it and we respond positively to it. To shield ourselves away from nature is like removing light from our world. The benefits of having a simulation of nature in our working day environment as well as in our homes are huge and as designers we can be inspired by and embrace this trend.
2017 also sees the Pantone colour of the year as “Greenery” (15-0343). Their rationale is that it is “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture… The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.”
Remember how you feel when you take yourself off into the woods to warm your face as the sunlight streams through the leaves above your head or take a walk by the coast to feel the salt-spray on your lips, listen to seagulls and pick up shells from the beach. These simple pleasures that we sometimes forget about, can transform our mindset, improving stress levels and boost our immune system. It’s not just crazy tree-hugging Southern-Californian theory, it is backed up by science. In fact, it has been proven that windows looking out to plants and trees can help speed up healing and are increasingly featured in the design of new hospitals. If cutting a window in an interior wall isn’t doable, then install a view onto the natural world.
We developed our biophilic range of fine art so it can support this movement and help improve lives of workers, patients, families. Our ARGENTA is water- and fire-proof and can go anywhere, from surgery to recovery room, board room to nursery, wet-room to a living wall.
A biophilic environment enhances our lives and uplifts our mindset, helping us focus, it fortifies our immune and emotional systems on a neural level and for those of us who are in bad shape can boost our well-being including the “neuro-endocryne and immunological system”
 Caperna A., Serafini S. (2015). Biourbanism as new epistemological perspective between Science, Design and Nature. In Architecture & Sustainability: Critical Perspectives. “Generating sustainability concepts from an architectural perspective”, KU Leuven – Faculty of Engineering, Belgium). ISBN 9789462920880.