Discovering Biophilic design with Habitat
As many of you know, the trend for ‘bringing the outside in’ has been around for some time now. Having a daily connection to nature is a desire every living creature has, so it’s no surprise that we would want to surround ourselves with it at home. So when Habitat asked me to explore their new Biophilic range, which is centred around nature, natural materials and organic forms, I all but jumped at the chance.
Boiphilic Design is the name…
…given to the idea of bring the outdoors inside due to the understanding that nature and natural forms can reduce anxiety, stress and provide healing and serenity. For anyone who has swam in the sea or marvelled at the top of a mountain, I am sure you will be on side for believing the power it can have on our wellbeing.
The trend is there for us all to see – whether we have given it its rightful name or not. Natural Scandi-influenced wooden furniture and the rise of the house plant in recent years are perfect examples. But beyond that, the handmade terracotta tiles we have been seeing in bathrooms, marble home accessories and the shaggy-sumptuous berber wool rugs, all point to the same desire.
Habitat’s range, which you can read more about here, brings together natural materials such as wood, marbled textures and hand-crafted stoneware plates to help you introduce some calm into your home. This marble effect side table they kindly gifted me is a great example of how easy it is to incorporate the look into your home.
It is worth saying that green is a colour most closely associated with nature, and biophilic design. However, you don’t have to go commit to green in your home if it doesn’t feel right. As you know, I love pinks and burgundy and I was drawn to this fabulous Oxalis plant which provides a beautiful contrast to the black marble effect table (actually made from concrete). So many colours are found in nature, just look for the one which speaks to you!
I don’t know about you, but I am a really tactile person – when I go into a shop I touch everything. I love the feel of natural materials around me and that applies to clothes, shoes and homeware. Natural materials are not only better for the environment (if ethically and organically made of course), but they feel infinitely more luxurious and long-lasting than polyester and synthetic fabrics. Habitat has a dedicated page highlighting their natural materials here.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from the range, including this beautiful set of bowls, handmade in Portugal. I am a bit of a serve ware obsessive (it’s a thing!), and I have been collecting handmade ceramics for years – mostly on holiday in places like Morocco and France – and these fit in amongst them beautifully. It’s hard to imagine where else you mind find something like this on the high-street at such a great price to be honest.