Have you ever felt as if you were uniquely connected to other living systems? There’s a word for this phenomenon, and it may play a huge role in the inspiration of workplace solutions for Toronto companies. It’s called “biophilia”, and it’s setting the tone for many of the new furniture design options available to corporations seeking to rebrand or renovate.
Understanding the Concept of Biophilia
Biophilia isn’t a household word, but it’s based on a fairly simple idea: Humans have an intrinsic desire to feel like they are a part of the natural world. Take, for example, the feelings some individuals have about their gardens. The plants, flowers and other living systems in the garden may start to seem like part of the person’s life. Thus, there is an emotional connection. If something negative happens to the garden, the gardener feels a sense of loss.
It’s easy to see how biophilia fits in with today’s desire to focus on conservation and environmentalism. If we feel like we’re a part of nature, and, conversely, that nature is a part of us, we are more concerned with sustainability and other eco-conscious issues. We may even start to make decisions based not on what we want, but what we think benefits the living systems of which we feel a part.
How Biophilia Transfers to the Workplace Setting
In the workplace, biophilia can play a part in how employees feel about their settings. Consider a workspace completely devoid of anything that looks, feels or is natural. Over time, the workers may feel like their working environment is somehow disconnected and cold. On the other hand, a workspace that has been created with nature in mind may feel warm and inviting. It’s simple to see which moods will produce better results from, as well as stir the imaginations of, employees.
Biophilia as Inspiration for Furniture and Interior Design
Many designers of interiors and workplace solutions are giving more than a passing nod to the notion of biophilia. Indeed, they are taking the relationship of humans and their natural surroundings into great consideration. The end result? Collections of furniture that focus on building a relationship between the human and his or her working tools. It’s a budding field, and one that has great potential.
The key for pacesetting companies such as Inscape and Artopex will be to continue to evolve and grow the way biophilia can be utilized as a springboard for workplace solutions engineering. Because there is no definitive or hard-and-true method of harnessing the potential power of biophilia in corporations, the sky is truly the limit on how far it can take Toronto companies.
Are you interested in harnessing Mother Nature’s powerful pull on human beings’ decisions, productivity and health? Call Mayhew at 1-866-544-4424 to talk about interior design and workplace solutions for your company today.
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