part of a trend called Biophilic Design. It comes from the term, Biophilia, which means love of nature, a term popularised by the American biologist Edward O. Wilson who voiced concerns about the way growing urbanisation was leading to a disconnection from the natural world in the eighties. Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to create a human-centred approach that, when applied, improves many of the spaces that we live and work in today, with numerous benefi ts to our health and happiness. We have architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright to thank for promoting such principles of organic design and helping to defi ne the movement. Oliver Heath, an expert in sustainable architectural and interior design, whose last book Urban Eco Chic sold over 30,000 copies in eight languages, sums it up: “Biophilic design is more than just bringing the outside in, it’s about making and strengthening a connection with many aspects of nature. It’s about natural light, views on nature, plants, natural materials, textures and patterns.” It also has proven health benefi ts which is why hospitals such as Maggie’s Centre Lanarkshire relied on designs by Reiach and Hall to create a low-lying building that fi ts around the existing trees. According to Maggie’s: “The essence of the design is the creation of a matrix of courtyards that result in a porous building, an extension of the landscape that off ers moments of visibility and outlook with places of privacy and inlook.”

HEALTH AND HYGIENE Large windows and glass walls help to break down the distinctions between the building and its natural surroundings, giving obvious health benefi ts. Alongside health, hygiene is one of the most important factors for wellbeing around the home. One of the reasons laminate is popular for allergy suff erers: its surfaces

have a fi rm, sealed surface which keeps out dirt and dust, making them hygienic and easy to care for, important benefi ts to allergy suff erers and vital, given that 80 million people in Europe suff er from them. As for bringing the outdoors in, Kono Designs created an urban farm at the Pasona Group’s offi ces in Tokyo, where staff are encouraged to grow their own food, bringing a fl avour of agricultural life into the workplace. Tomato vines are suspended above conference tables, lemon and passion fruit trees are used as partitions, salad leaves are grown inside seminar rooms and bean sprouts are grown under benches. Nothing like as drastic are the seamless stretches of wood and tiles

commonly used to take indoor spaces out onto patios and terraces and vice versa, creating a sense of space and openness. Similarly, Milliken


The origins of Biophilic Design can be traced back to architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright

have introduced their new Change Agent fl ooring collection which off ers a range of earthy colours to refl ect the world outside. Their colour palette ranges from neutral greens and greys through to warm pinks and browns, one, the company says “has been created with wellbeing in mind, natural earthy neutrals and greens to bring the outside in”. It states: “Inspiration for the colours and the forms comes from the magic of nature and, in particular, the changes observable over time, resulting in colour combinations that have an element of experimental magic.” The collection is designed to be mixed and matched and used to make patterns or as wayfi nding. The requirement for a “healthy”

fl oors isn’t limited to homes and offi ces. Netherlands-based Bolidt has created a form of decking that is said to limit the spread of multi- resistant bacteria in ships. Originally designed for use in buildings such as hospitals, the technology is said to be bactericidal, hygienic and easy to clean. It is applied as a coating to Bolideck 525 decking, used for ship interiors. The 525 system may



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