Biophilia is one of the hottest buzzwords in the design scene in recent years for a few good reasons. The word itself means ‘love of life’. American biologist Edward Wilson brought the term mainstream with his 1984 book Biophilia, in which he made a hypothesis that humans have an innate tendency to seek connections with nature.
Various studies have since proven that this connection with nature can benefit our health. Thus, biophilic design, defined as a sustainable design strategy that seeks to reconnect us with nature, is more important than ever in our home.
“We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, and these days, ‘indoors’ means ‘at home’. So there is this greater urgency to infuse biophilic design into our domestic environment,” says landscape designer Anton Siura, founder of Siura Studio. Here are some simple ways to DIY biophilic design into your living space.