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8 applications of different biophilic design concepts

Whether you are looking for a calm indoor environment or to gain productivity in the workplace, biophilic designs are a clever and sustainable solution to adopt

Biophilic design aims to rejuvenate human bonding with nature through product design.

Imagine when you are walking your dog in the park surrounded by lush trees, imagine taking a stroll barefoot on the wet sand under the clear sky, imagine when the early morning sun rays touch your skin… 

Doesn’t it feel good? 

Now, imagine the possibilities of bringing these scenarios inside your home.

It is possible to incorporate nature closer to humans through biophilic designs.

Biophilia translates as “love for life”, as, for humans, it is a biological need to connect with nature. Fortunately, workplaces have already started adapting biophilic decor concepts.

It is no surprise that biophilia is gaining popularity throughout all kinds of spaces as it integrates interior design and products to fulfill our inborn need of connection to life and nature.

As researchers develop further studies in various applications of the biophilic concept, the designers will have more opportunities to explore it in diverse forms.

Biophilic designs endeavors to forge the human-nature connection through natural components adopted in the built environment.

In this article, we focus on the potential applications of various biophilic concepts, evoking people to restore the beneficial relationship with nature: 

  • TERRA! Armchair – Studio Nucleo
  • Liquid Glacial Table – Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Vase & Leuchte – Miriam Aust
  • Basalt Benches – Byung Hoon Choi
  • Moss wall art – Planted Design
  • Tableware Collection – Julia Pilipchatina
  • Biophilic wallpapers – Moooi
  • Bacteria Lamp – Jan Klinger

1- TERRA! Armchair by Studio Nucleo

In 1999 Piergiorgio Robino, a Turin-based designer started a project called TERRA! Armchair which eventually became a stepping stone of his career.

The armchair illustrates the biophilic concept as an extension of nature itself, terraforming the surface of the planet.

For this biophilic design, the grid structure is made of biodegradable material in organic cut-outs
The grid structure is made of biodegradable material in organic cut-outs  

The base structure is designed with a hollow cardboard frame, shaped in a seating that is later filled with soil.

Gradually, the grass grows and takes the form of the seating as part of the ground.

Biophilic design of TERRA! Armchair won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award in 2004
Biophilic design of TERRA! Armchair won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award in 2004

2- Liquid Glacial Table by Zaha Hadid Architects

Last but definitely not the least, the Liquid Glacial Table designed by Zaha Hadid is an extraordinary example of a biophilic concept application.

This artistic table design shows the fluidity of water in a natural and dynamic way.

The table’s top surface mimics water ripples swirling down the legs, recalling an actual liquid essence.

Biophilic design displaying ripples of water
Zaha Hadid’s creation from fluid architecture to fluid furniture influencing biophilic designs

3- Vase & Leuchte by Miriam Aust

Vase & Leuchte is an original fusion of the biophilic design principle into a popular home object by German product designer Miriam Aust.

The design integrates greenery in an unusual setting where roots are made visible through this multi-purpose product.

The beauty of this light fixture is that it combines primary biophilic elements such as light, water and plant into one product.

biophilic design of lamp home decor
Biophilic concept through a combination of natural elements transformed into a lighting decor piece

4- Basalt benches by Byung Hoon Choi

Byung Hoon Choi is the Korean craftsman who created this single piece basalt furniture for the exhibition in New York gallery, Friedman Benda.

Besides vegetation, the biophilic design also includes natural light, earthy tones, and natural rocks such as basalt.

spontaneous cuts and refined surfaces in this biophilic design
A creative contrast between spontaneous cuts and refined surfaces in this biophilic design

Byung Hoon Choi’s collection explores exhibits using natural rock and keeping undefined and natural cuts of each piece as it is found.

Each exhibit is a brilliant mix of smooth and raw textures into a singular piece of rock. 

Byung Hoon Choi’s exhibition of basalt benches aimed to create a meditative environment for the visitors to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of the material.

Basalt benches by Byung Hoon Choi
The designer used basalt in uniquely undefined shapes to form a tranquil environment in the exhibition

5- Moss wall art by Planted Design

When it comes to designs following biophilic principles, moss walls are amongst the top trends for indoor as well as outdoor spaces.

Created with preserved moss with natural glycerin intact, therefore not alive and require little care, these walls can start growing again when in contact with moisture.

Moss plants offer diverse possibilities for biophilic design
Moss plants offer diverse possibilities to create original design solutions for biophilic design

Mosses are available in numerous shades and sizes to customize your desired wall art. 

In addition, moss walls are immensely beneficial decor elements, improving air quality by using CO2 to reduce harmful compounds in the air and releasing fresh oxygen, cooling the environment, easily adding a living element to man-made structures.

Design by moss walls
Alluring compositions of biophilic designed moss wall art by Planted Design 

6- Tableware Collection by Julia Pilipchatina

Julia Pilipchatina brings a series of delightful plates inspired by the organic shapes and textures found in nature.

This varied collection of plates, especially Terra, might give a notion of wood & ceramics fused design at first glance, although, the plates are in fact made out of clay, painted meticulously with nature-related texture and glazed intuitively.

Tableware Collection by Julia Pilipchatina
Julia Pilipchatina’s biophilic design collection ‘Green’ is inspired by plants 

7- Biophilic wallpapers by Moooi

Biophilic wallpapers are widely used in interiors to help create a tranquil environment with various visually attractive nature scenarios.

Besides its use of transforming a monotonous wall and relaxing the surroundings, these murals can also opt as sound-absorbent elements to reduce noise pollution.

Consequently, having nature brimming background creates a shift in mind and intuitively generates a calm presence.

Biophilic wallpapers by Moooi
This lively wallcovering depicts a lush forest filled with life and movement by Moooi

8- Bacteria Lamp by Jan Klinger

In the explorations of biophilia, one of many intriguing possibilities is the use of bacteria, as every living organism has its own unique biological identity.

The Bacteria Lamp, designed by Jan Klinger, is created by growing real bacteria and transforming them into a domestic object.

Bacteria Lamp by Jan Klinger
After 24 to 48 hours of growth, the microorganisms are sealed with resin and preserved forever

The lamps are custom made collecting microorganisms from a specific place that holds a great significance for the owner, in order to create a design piece which is unique for both its looks and its story.

Check out the interview with Jan Klinger to know more about the Bacteria Lamp.

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