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Biophilia in Design

According to biologist E. O. Wilson, Biophilia is an “innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world”. This concept was introduced in 1984, underlining the relationship between us, humans and nature, studying how nature can make us happier human beings.

As this is not new, urban Architects have been exploring this concept, knowing that our future relies mostly on urban spaces.

The intention of this concept is ultimately, to connect the “outdoors feeling” back to interiors where nature communicates through different objects. This is a giant world of possibilities in different areas and disciplines. As a result, the tendency for major brands is probably to adopt this concept as mere visual stimulus, with the recreation of materials and textures as fake objects’ reproductions, to achieve a more commercial area.

In this article, we’ll just say no to that option, suggesting more natural approaches to design and giving you some key points relevant to Biophilia’s concept.

Natural Materials: Choose natural organic materials, such as wood, stone, or local materials available in your region. Prioritize artisanal elements and local handmade design.

“Terho” is the Finnish word for acorn. But only the shape of the lamps by Maija Puoskari speaks for itself and invites with fine alder wood and hand-blown glass into a stylized fairytale forest. The glowing acorns convince both individually and in a group with a pleasant diffused light.

Shop these lamps from Mater.



Japanese design meets Nordic carpentry. Nendo designed this wonderful chair for Fritz Hansen in the tradition of the great Scandinavian furniture designers. He cites the great role models George Nakashima and Hans Wenger but appears as an independent, contemporary design.

Shop this chair from Fritz Hansen.



Furniture originally designed for the Fayland House in the English Chiltern Hills. This solid wood series by David Chipperfield for e15 evokes the natural beauty of Great Britain’s wooded landscapes.

Shop this furniture from E15.




Plant Life: We’ve to admit there is a fad for indoor plants but, in fact, they make us feel calmer and relaxed, so… why not?

The handle vase from the house Mater was designed by the Danish architect Eva Harlou. The vase can easily be moved and placed wherever there is room. The handle of the handle vase also allows hanging. A small accessory that follows the Scandinavian tradition of functionality and sensual simplicity.

Shop this vase from Mater.



Apartment Garden for indoor spaces.

This terrarium by Atelier 2+ has a wooden structure is inspired by traditional Swedish houses.

Shop this Greenhouse from Design House Stockholm.




Handcrafted Touch: The fact that an object has a human trace, an imperfection, or a traditional craft, is an added-value, like a language, it speaks to us. Every object has a story, but these stories are physically evident, a reminder of human’s print.

The vase icon was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1936 for a competition of the glassworks Karhula-Iittala on the occasion of the 1937 Paris World Fair.

Made of hand-blown glass in many color variations and sizes.

Shop these vases from Iittala.


This is a classic in design. Its name means  “molar tooth stool/side table” because of its four legs that look like a tooth.

It was originally designed by Philipp Mainzer in 1996, the Molar is made of natural heartwood. The small piece of furniture is available as a stool with an embedded seat, but also as a side table with a smooth surface.

Shop this stool/side table from e15.


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