In this episode of the 'Beyond Interior Design' podcast we have Lianne Bongers as a guest.
Lianne is expert in biophilic design.
Biophilic design has been a growing trend in interior design over the past few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, as people become more aware of the importance of sustainability, health, and wellness, the demand for biophilic design is likely to continue to grow.
The word "biophilic" literally means "love of life" or "love of natural systems."
Beyond being a trend, biophilic design is also a response to a growing awareness of the importance of our connection to nature, and the role that the built environment plays in our overall health and well-being. By incorporating natural elements into indoor spaces, biophilic design seeks to create a more balanced and harmonious relationship between humans and their surroundings.
”Mother Nature is the best designer” - Lianne Bongers
In the eyes of our next guest, interior designer Lianne Bongers from Studio Lime, biophilic design is NOT just a passing trend, but a fundamental shift in the way we think about the design of our indoor spaces. It is part of a broader movement towards sustainable and healthy design, which emphasizes the importance of creating spaces that are not only beautiful, but also good for our health and the health of the planet.
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- What is Biophilic Design exactly?
- Why should you use it?
- What are the positive effects?
- How can you invite it easily into your life and designs?
- How will the interior design and architecture future look like?
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Lianne was talking about:
German psychologist Erich Fromm was the first to introduce the term biophilia, defined as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive”. According to Fromm, biophilia manifests as the “wish to further growth, whether in a person, a plant, an idea, or a social group”
Stephen R. Kellert
Beginning in 1975, after earning his doctoral degree on social ecology at Yale in 1972, Dr. Kellert wrote on the relationship between animals and mankind. His research led to the book, The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993), which was co-edited with Edward O. Wilson, an evolutionary biologist who had previously popularized the biophilia concept.
Terrapin Bright Green
Is a New York based research center on biophilic design. Their website is https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/.
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The Indoor Generation:
We spend a lot of our time indoors (up to 90% in cities), and we actually know that this is not particularly good for our health. Especially when you realize that we generally don't consciously think about the products we use in our homes and offices. The paint we use on our walls, the PVC we lay on the floor, or the cleaning products we use release toxic substances that we breathe in. Take a look at this video about 'The Indoor Generation'.
Biophilic architecture in Singapore
In Singapore, they understand how biophilic design works; they bring nature into the city by replacing walls, columns, and neon lights with trees, leaves, and insects. Biophilia is the driving force behind the well-being of not only nature itself but also the people living in the city. In this way, you can keep a densely populated million-city livable.