Today on the PVI Office Furniture blog, we are featuring a guest post from Office Star Products on how nature is inspiring our work space design. This post has been republished with permission from Office Star Products.
There’s nothing better than the feeling of being outside in fresh air absorbing the nature around you. From the beach, to the mountains, to the neighborhood park, to your own back yard, being outdoors surrounded by light and nature is invigorating and inspiring.
But what do you do if you work in an office? How do you stay connected and grounded to the world around you while you spend your days inside, under artificial lighting, staring at computer screens for eight hours plus a day?
Over the last few years the concept of biophilic design, or nature inspired design, has become a key element in modern architecture and office design as companies seek to find new ways to engage, motivate, and retain their best assets; their employees, and the human capital they possess.
To understand biophilic design, you must first understand the concept of biophilia. According the Merriam-Webster dictionary biophilia is defined as a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. This concept was first noted by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in his book the Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973) and it was later popularized by the Harvard Biologist Edward O. Wilson in his book Biophilia (1984).
Biophilic design therefore seeks to connect our inherent need for nature, with our modern lifestyle; which sees us spending an increasingly large amount of time indoors, at work, and at home. By infusing a combination of nature, natural patterns, and design elements inspired by human nature, the biophilia approach to workplace design aims to create a space where humans can feel relaxed, engaged, and connected to the world around them. With office workers spending the vast majority of their waking hours inside the office, the importance of creating a balance between the inside and out is critical for the needs of a modern workforce.
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