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Biophilic Design

In a world where urbanisation and modern technology often disconnect us from the natural world, biophilic design offers a solution for reconnecting with nature. By understanding the deep-rooted relationship between humans and nature, biophilic design principles can enhance a sense of well-being, boost productivity, and improve overall health. At Ninfa Studio, we create biophilic artwork to enhance your interior design, creating restorative environments that promote well-being and happiness.

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The Influence of Biophilia

Biophilia, a term coined by biologist E. O. Wilson, is the innate human affinity towards nature. This love for living systems significantly influences our desire to be in harmony with our environment. Biophilic design is an approach that seeks to fulfil this need by incorporating natural elements into the built environment, creating a strong connection between people and the living world. The meaning of biophilia can be understood through the human-nature connection that is at its core, ultimately driving the concept of biophilic design.

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Biophilic Design Principles

There are several key biophilic design principles that contribute to the creation of restorative environments. These principles are the foundation for achieving a balance between human-made architecture and the natural world:

  • Nature in the space: Incorporating living plants, water features, and natural materials into interiors to promote the human-nature connection.

  • Natural shapes and patterns: Mimicking the design and textures found in nature, such as fractals and biomorphic patterns.

  • Evoking nature through the use of materials, colours, and images that are reminiscent of natural landscapes and wildlife.

  • Creating spaces for a connection between the indoor and outdoor environment, such as views of nature or accessible outdoor spaces.

  • Building design that promotes a sense of prospect and refuge, with open spaces for collaboration and private spaces for relaxation.

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Biophilic Interior Design

Biophilic interior design, similar to its architectural counterpart, focuses on integrating nature into indoor spaces. In addition to the implementation of living plants and natural materials, biophilic interiors can include non-living elements that mimic nature, such as natural light and organic shapes. Colour schemes inspired by the landscape, combined with echoes of nature in artwork or decor, can also contribute to cultivating a strong connection between people and their environment.

The Benefits of  Biophilic  Design

Reduced stress and improved mental well-being: Exposure to nature has been shown to have positive effects on mental health, lowering stress levels and increasing feelings of happiness and relaxation.

  • What is the benefit of a moss wall?
    A moss wall offers a multitude of benefits for both aesthetics and well-being. It provides a stunning, natural element that enhances the beauty of any space. Beyond its visual appeal, moss walls also improve indoor air quality by absorbing humidity and purifying the air. They require minimal maintenance and can contribute to a calming, stress-reducing atmosphere. Additionally, moss walls are sustainable and eco-friendly, making them an excellent choice for environmentally conscious biophilic design.
  • What moss do you use?
    We carefully select our preserved moss suppliers, all based in Europe and certified to use sustainable harvesting methods. There various species of preserved moss for our moss walls like Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina), Bun Moss (Dicranum scoparium), Flat Moss (Hypnum), Rock Moss and many others. Each type has unique textures and color shades, allowing for creative and customized designs to suit any preference and space.
  • Do moss walls smell?
    Preserved moss walls do not have a strong or unpleasant odor. The preservation process involves treating the moss to maintain its natural appearance and texture while removing any potential odors. The glues we use are also toxic-free and do not keep any odor over time. The result is a moss wall that is odorless and suitable for indoor use, contributing to a fresh and inviting atmosphere.
  • How long do moss walls last?
    With proper care and maintenance, our preserved moss walls can last for many years. The preservation process ensures that the moss remains vibrant and beautiful, and it does not require watering or direct sunlight. Avoiding exposure to direct sunlight, excessive moisture or direct heat can help extend the longevity of your moss wall, making it a sustainable and long-lasting addition to your interior decor. The longest-lasting type of moss is reindeer moss, which can last well over 10 years when kept in optimal conditions.
  • Can a moss wall survive winter?
    Preserved moss walls are designed for indoor use and are not suited for outdoor installations. Draughts and humidity can damage the preserved moss, affecting its appearance and longevity. To ensure the optimal lifespan of your moss wall, it's important to keep it in a controlled indoor environment, away from draughts and humidity.
  • What is Biophilic Office Design?
    Biophilic office design is the increasing trend of bringing the outdoors into the workplace to create better working environments and enhance employee wellbeing. A common misconception is that biophilic office design involves simply adding lots of plants and shrubbery around your office, but it’s far more complex than that, involving a more comprehensive approach to layout and design.
  • How do you create a Biophilic Design in office?
    There are several ways to incorporate biophilic office design elements without extensive structural renovations. Key ways are to welcome natural sunlight through removing any obstructions to windows. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, using the right artificial light is key. Next, introduce greenery at different levels, for example our preserved reindeer moss wall art, which lasts years, needs no maintenance, cleanses the air and absorbs humidity.
  • What are the benefits of Biophilic Design in office?
    Biophilic office design offers numerous benefits for employees. Studies by universities such as Harvard and the University of Exeter have shown it improves cognitive functions, boosts productivity by 6%, enhances creativity by 15% and innovation, reduces stress and increases overall well-being among employees.
  • What is the difference between Biophilia and Biophilic Design?
    Biophilia is a concept that began in the 1970s, relating to the inherent connection between human beings and other living things. On the other hand, biophilic design is the intentional incorporation of natural elements into a space to create a more attractive and sensory-rich environment. Biophilic office design harnesses the concept of biophilia and applies it in offices, schools, restaurants and hotels.
  • What is the Biophilic Office Design trend?
    The biophilic office design shows how corporations are becoming more and more aware of the benefits that are proven to affect employee's health, productivity and creativity incorporating biophilic design elements into their offices. The focus will be on incorporating nature into workplaces: integrating elements such as plants, natural materials like wood and stone and elements of water and light to create a more harmonious and rejuvenating environment for employees.
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