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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Bekker

Biophilic Design:

When searching for the perfect Moss wall design, do you ever come across the term “Biophilia” and wonder what does it actually mean? Well, here is the scoop.

What is Biophilia?

How did you feel after an invigorating brisk walk in the fresh air? Remember the feelings of taking a chilly swim in a lake or the ocean to awaken the senses? Or the kisses of a fluffy puppy to awaken wonder? All of these sensations would be considered biophilia. The ways in which we connect with nature to fulfill our desire for human attachment to nature in the form of an emotional connection with landscapes and animals.

Biophilia" is the connection between humans, living things and nature. The word Biophilia comes from the bio-, meaning "life," and -philia, meaning "friendship".

The biophilia theory supports that people have a built-in genetic desire to connect with nature and other living forms. These are natural feelings of satisfaction through shared connections with nature.

Biophilia in Design?

Biophilic design can be incorporated in a multitude of interior design applications such as natural materials, natural light, and plants to create a relaxing and pleasing environment in commercial spaces or residential homes. It provides physical and sociological well-being through sensory feelings of sight, sound, smell, feelings, and movement. Biophilic green design connects us with emotional attachments we experience indoors that we might find outdoors with nature. These natural elements reduce stress and boost productivity.

Biophilia in action:

One of our newest Forest Art projects we are excited to introduce was completed for Morguard Properties in Calgary Alberta.

'Botanical Wilds'

For this beautiful project our client was looking for an updated and low maintenance greenery option best suited for two older lobby spaces. The goal was to create an organic, welcoming, and calm design for those entering and exiting the building lobbies using some of our most loved mosses.

The space had dim lighting and narrow walking space with three large vacant wall spaces. As a result, we created three individual pieces, each as a feature statement on the vacant wall spaces opposite the elevator doors.

This Forest Art design consists of very lush and incredibly textural mosses and ferns inspired by a West Coast Forest. Sleek matching matt black frames complete the look.

On that note….

Creativity is the untapped potential to where and how we can incorporate biophilia in our lives.

We aspire to transform any space into healthy green spaces that inspire and bring enjoyment to all who come across our Forest Art.

Want to learn more?

If you’re really interested in learning more about Biophilic Design, I recommend reading the study,, completed by Stephen R. Kellert and Elizabeth F. Calabrese. They dive into more detail on how biophilic design in our spaces increases productivity and connects us in the ways we might not realize.

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