With the first day of spring next week, this week’s blog post is dedicated to implementing nature into the office! And I’m not just talking indoor rubber ferns or cute, little potted succulents on your desk; I’m talking the real deal, biophilic design.
Biophilic design stems (pun intended) from evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson. Wilson describes biophilia as “the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” Biophilic design incorporates that feeling into the workplace through textures, colors, and patterns of nature. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it’s also beneficial for our health. Research has shown that biophilic design increases overall health, well-being, productivity, and creativity.
One commercial furniture manufacturer, Nevins, offers several beautiful biophilic pieces. Pictured above is their Living Leaf Wall, a vertical garden of living plants! Here’s some helpful information from their brochure: “The Leaf Living Wall uses hydro- or soil-based plants in their original grow pots making it easy to install, maintain and rearrange. Leaf Living Wall’s plants can be watered on a four-week cycle using the optional water machine or by installing a watering system. An optional LED light fixture can be installed to ensure plants flourish in your environment.”
In addition to the Living Leaf Wall, Nevins offers a Bio-Canvas. Pictured above is the Acoustic Moss Panel. The Bio-Canvas is made from preserved natural materials and is extremely low maintenance. The panel inserts consist of acoustic moss, sustainable poplar bark, and light stone.They’re offered in two heights and any configuration. For the icing on the cake, the moss insert is capable of absorbing sound and filtering the air!
Follow the links to find out more about the Living Leaf Wall and Bio Canvas Collection
By: Erin Ferguson