Biophilia and Design

The term “biophilia,” which literally translates as “love of life or living systems,” is used to describe the theory that suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems and that this bond is essential to good physical and mental health.  We have a natural attraction to all that is alive and vital — all humans have “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life” – in other words, we are hard-wired to need a connection with nature and other forms of life.  This premise helps explain why many spend time and energy caring for plants and flowers in their homes … in other words, our natural love for life helps us sustain life.  This term was popularized by Harvard University myrmecologist and conservationist E.O. Wilson.

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Designers are very aware of the importance of biophilia and we are seeing more and more of it in products for our homes.  Here are 6 biophilic Design Elements:

  • Environmental Features
  • Natural Shapes & Forms
  • Natural Patterns & Processes
  • Light & Space
  • Plant-Based Relationships
  • Evolved Human Nature Relationships

For your next flooring change, consider bringing a little bit of “nature” inside by choosing a design inspired by biophilia.

To read more about the quest for health & healing through experiences with nature, click HERE.