Outdoors In

Living Wall Photo by Jon Suhirman

As humans, regardless of age or culture, we have a deeply ingrained, biological need for contact with the mesmerizing force of peace and tranquility in the natural world.  This innate human connection to nature and all living things is known as Biophilia.  This is not a new idea, but one that resonates deeply in society today.  The healing and comforting power of nature no longer belongs only to the out-of-doors.  Today’s designers are bringing the “outdoors in.”

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature…it will never fail you.”              -Frank Lloyd Wright


Biophilic design has been proven to increase productivity, wellness, and general community welfare – particularly in the workplace, hospitality, and retail markets.  Using all-natural preserved plants, a wide range of custom-designed garden installations are available for interior spaces.  These gardens are long-lasting and essentially maintenance free.  Ecological as they don’t require water or irrigation, specific light, pruning, or periodic maintenance.


Bringing the “outdoors in,” not a new trend, but one that should be presented as an opportunity for incorporating nature into an interiors project.


Further Reading:



Frontiers of Design Science: Biophilia

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