Reclaimed Laranjal House sits in an orange orchard

May 19, 2022 by  
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Laranjal House by Alves Architects is located in a field of orange trees on the premises of the company Zircom, S.A. The house is part of an industrial installation created by the demolition company. The challenge from Zircom to the architects was to reuse materials used from the demolitions to build a modern space for staff lunch breaks. Zircom is exploring a circular economy for its demolition materials. The project deepened and explored new possibilities of using reused materials, such as even in the structural components. Related: Home in Vietnam is surrounded by a beautiful koi pond Furthermore, the shape of the building is defined by a set of trusses from the demolition of a building in Lisbon. The reddish color of these trusses becomes a feature of the structure. It maintains an open space in the center of the building that looks out through steel-case windows on the orange fields. As a result, it’s a lovely place to eat your lunch. It also gives Zircom the chance to explore various ways in which they might define new projects through use of reclaimed demolition materials. Additionally, modular wooden elements with metallic fasteners make up the ceiling and walls of the structure. Outside, there is an outer cork coating used as siding. Meanwhile, the interiors use a reclaimed wood planking . Also, Zircom will use the space for conferences and team meetings. As a result, it retains a simple feel, even though the finishes give it a relaxed, high-end look. Flexible-use furniture allowed the functional division of the space in two areas. First, there are tables for six people, for smaller groups and for brief work sessions. Second, there is the large communal table, for larger groups. Even the furniture , the outdoor decking and the steel was reclaimed for this project. The project was a collaboration between Zircom with Lisbonwood and Pedro Marques Alves located in Portugal . + Alves Arquitectos Images via Ana Barros

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Protect bees this World Bee Day on May 20

May 19, 2022 by  
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Where possible and within reason, adopt a more tolerant attitude to feral bee colonies in buildings, and of hived bee colonies in ones neighborhood. If we want bees, we need to make space for them.- Dr. David Heaf, The Bee-friendly Beekeeper A world without bees would be void of flowers and food. In fact, it would be void of all living things. Bees are essential to the ecosystem and a crucial component of our food supply . There’s no denying the buzzing busy bees deserve at least one annual day of recognition for all they do, so mark your calendar for May 20 and join in the celebration. Related: Dog toy and treats from Project Hive help save bees   Why are bees important? There are around 20,000 kinds of bees in the world, and many of them get a bad rep as pests or stinging predators. But bees are a vital contributor to pollination. Effective pollination increases the amount and quality of crops, plus improves plants’ resistance to pests . Flowers rely on bees and other pollinators to do the job they can’t always do themselves — spread the seed from one plant to another. If you’re not familiar with the process, bees pick up pollen from the male part of one flower. They then transfer that pollen onto the female part of another flower, resulting in reproduction. This allows plants to produce fruits and seeds.  Simply put, without bees, this essential link in the food chain would leave a void that would starve out plants. Next to go would be all the animals who rely on plants, including humans. In short, bees are directly responsible for one-third of the world’s food. Then, of course, there is the added benefit of honey, produced by the darling of the bee world: honey bees. Because of their importance in the production of food , bees are also an essential part of the economy, providing support for farmers small and large around the globe. “According to the estimates of the international study conducted in 2016 by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the annual global production of food that depends directly on pollination was worth between $235 and $577 billion,” according to WorldBeeDay.org. Did you know? Honey is the only insect-produced food that humans eat.  A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers every time it heads out to collect nectar.  Bees maintain a constant temperature of 92 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest, regardless of what the outside temps are. Bees have five eyes. They can fly at speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour. The buzzing sound bees make is caused by the rapid flapping of wings — an unimaginable rate of over 11,000 times per minute. Only female bees sting.  Why are bees in danger? In recent years, scientists noted an alarming decrease in the number of bees. Annual counts showed a reduction of up to 30% year over year. While much of the conversation is on honey bees , dozens of bee species are in decline around the world. Extensive research has uncovered some primary causes for the decline as well as factors scientists expect to create continued trouble for bees. Climate change is a factor for bees, as it is for the rest of the plants and animals in the ecosystem. The loss of habitat is also affecting the bees. The introduction of non-native plant species, especially invasive plants , is another big problem. Similar to the issues wild fish endure with the release of hatchery-growth fish, native bees are being introduced to diseases from commercially-managed bees and the practice changes the natural diversity of the bee population. Perhaps the most notable issue, however, is the use of pesticides with bees directly ingesting the toxins.   How you can help the bees As mentioned, bees are great for the food supply as a whole, but they’re also wonderful backyard companions. They provide pollination for wild and domestic plants like fruit trees, berry bushes and the vegetable garden. So what you do in your own yard can benefit you at a hyper-local level, a.k.a. your own garden.  To help the bees, always plant native plants. You can find them online, in a local nursery or through the county extension office. You can also take cuttings from wilderness areas or from members of the community . Be sure to emphasize nectar-bearing flowering plants for the bees to enjoy. Preserve the blooms as long as possible by postponing mowing meadows and other areas with flowering plants until after the blooms have died off.  Another way to draw in the benefits bees provide is to create a cozy home for them. You can buy or make bee houses or even take up beekeeping with hives. For a fun and decorative touch, check out Mason bee houses.  Since pesticides are a significant concern, help the bees by committing to only buying organic foods . Additionally, find alternatives to bee-harming pesticides in your own yard.  Finally, support the beekeeping industry by buying local honey and other hive products such as wax, pollen, royal jelly, propolis and venom.  This year, salute bees by sharing information with others and doing something good for our buzzing buddies. Happy World Bee Day!  Via World Bee Day Images via Pexels

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Furniture is built for Keeps with focus on waste reduction

May 10, 2022 by  
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Low-quality, mass produced furniture is piling up in the landfills . Seattle-based furniture brand Keeps has taken a stand to produce sustainably sourced, affordable and long-lasting furniture to counter the “fast-furniture’” culture. They recently released their first bedroom pieces.   Keeps is a result of the dedicated efforts of Cofounder Andrew Cheng’s journey through education and training as a designer. The experience saw him move from California to Berlin, back to California and eventually to Washington. When his college furniture looked worse for wear after multiple moves, he decided to put his degree to good use. As a result, he started creating furniture that can be assembled and disassembled countless times.  Related: Keep furniture out of landfills with help from Inhabitr “The innovation behind Keeps comes from the everyday challenges around me,” Cheng said. “The brand aims to solve a lifestyle issue that I and many others experience, especially as the renting population continues to grow.”  The bedroom collection currently includes the Keeps Bed, Headboard, Platform Bed and Nightstand. The classic designs are complemented by modern interlocking assembly techniques that require no tools.  Located in the notably environmentally-focused Pacific Northwest contributes to Keeps’ dedication to sustainable material sourcing. Keeps’ products are built from solid oak. Additionally, they are available in natural and smoke stain options. The wood comes from FSC-certified forests and is domestically sourced. Also, Keeps donates 100 trees through Eden Reforestation Projects for every bed sold.  Furthermore, durability is at the core of each furniture design, both to achieve high-quality products and to minimize waste . Since Keeps’ furniture is designed to be repeatedly taken apart and put back together, individual part replacements further reduce waste. However, the product may outlast the preferences of the owner. As a result, early next year, Keeps plans to launch its buy-back program. This will allow customers who no longer want their items to sell it back to the company where it will be refurbished and resold.  “We want to implement our take-back concept from the get-go and have that commitment with customers who purchase from us today and in 10 years,” Cheng said.  + Keeps Furniture Images via Keeps Furniture

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Fabrics from Natural Materials Studio are made from algae

May 3, 2022 by  
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In a world of waste and pollution , returning to all-natural products makes sense for the health of humans and the planet. Danish Designer Bonnie Hvillum made it the focus of her work to create such options, resulting in a collection of bio-materials made from algae, clay and foam. Sample products of clothing , curtains and drapes were made from the materials. They were then put on display in a collaboration with multi-disciplinary design brand Frama. The collection was on display in Frama’s Copenhagen showroom during the Days of Design Festival in 2021.  Related: Charlotte McCurdy, Phillip Lim design carbon-neutral algae sequin dress Material research by Hvillum was well underway when she discovered the like-minded Frama. They also experiment with natural materials in their lifestyle object designs.  “I design interactive user experiences with a playful yet visionary approach, constantly exploring the potential in the unseen. That allows me to create highly sensory experiences that offer, at the same time, an insight of nature’s available resources and how to use those creatively,” said Bonnie Hvillum, founder of Natural Material Studio. Specifically, the fabrics included in the showroom display were created from products found in the environment . Alger is a seaweed fabric made from seaweed extract and softener, which is dyed with spirulina algae. Terracotta is a clay-pigmented biofabric formed using a protein-based binder extracted from collagen and a natural softener. B-foam is a product that has been in development by the Natural Material Studio since 2019. Charcoal is the base for the material, which had been previously featured in the Days of Design Festival.  The process includes hand casting the fabric inside wooden frames. After a few days of drying time, the designs are then cut from the frames.  As natural materials, all three are biodegradable. Inasmuch, Hvillum hopes the materials will become mainstream options, but encourages continued research on the potential beyond the bespoke fashion, interior design and furniture items Natural Material Studio developed. “These are early-stage versions – beta versions, pilot versions, whatever we call them in other industries . They do not live up to quality standards for fabrics yet, but hopefully they will one day with more research, testing and application trials continue,” said Hvillum. Her goal is to explore what is possible and encourage others to do the same without getting caught up in the challenges. The display at Frama set the stage of organic -looking prototypes that show the possibilities. This includes Japanese-inspired curtains and concept clothing.  + Natural Materials Studio  Images via Natural Materials Studio

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How to become a B-corporation with Grain Design Studio

April 25, 2022 by  
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Design and manufacturing studio Grain Design joined the Benefit Corporation community of over 4,000 visionary businesses across more than 75 countries. They are only in thousands committed to balancing profit and benefit to the earth as a certified Benefit Corporation. The studio dedicated its work to social and climate responsibility. Their work combines manufacturing technologies and traditional craft techniques to produce small batch-run goods. “B Corps are driving the global movement of business as a force of good and we are deeply humbled to have our efforts working towards this common goal,” said Grain Studio Owners James and Chelsea Minola. “We cannot overstate how much this commitment means to us. When we founded our studio in 2008 in our island home and garage shop, we weren’t 100% sure what we would be making, but we knew that it needed to center around social and environmental responsibility.” Related: Sustainability is a top priority at this Texas office Grain applied to be a B Corp in January 2021. They learned that B Corp received over 4,000 other applications in 2020. That was when businesses started to think about how they could legally commit to making a difference for the planet . This was more applications in one year than B Corp had in the previous 15 years. “Our hearts burst with this news knowing that something had fundamentally shifted,” Grain founders said. “Businesses across our planet are seeking to do things differently and to change our economic system from within. They are volunteering to put themselves through this rigorous assessment to learn best practices, hold themselves accountable and lock arms to create a movement of cultural change.” If you would like to become a B Corp, you can take a free confidential assessment. Then, you’ll be able to measure your business in certain categories such as: governance, workers, community, environment and customers. Grain scored 89.1, which is higher than the required cutoff of 80 to become a B Corp. Additionally, it is higher than average B Corps in the studio’s country , sector and size range in every category. However, the full potential score is 200, which leaves room for growth. Every three years, all certified businesses are required to go through the assessment process again. If they wish to remain a B Corp, they need to keep up with the latest in ethical business practices. For Grain, they are working with the living wage calculator from their first assessment to make sure their employees are paid a living wage for their region. They are working toward paying their employees a living wage for a family. Additionally, the business began offering all employees health care reimbursements in 2021. However, they would like to work towards offering employees retirement savings benefits. Furthermore, B Corp also helps Grain and similar businesses assess how they can have a bigger impact on the community. This includes diversifying their supply chain . They have developed a screening process for vendors that assess partner companies the way they assess themselves. It also looks for local or minority-led businesses, veteran or disabled-owned businesses. Moreover, B Corp helps Grain continue to improve their environmental practices. They work with domestic hardwoods that are Forest Standard Certified (FSC). That way, they manage for biodiversity and sustainable economic opportunities of forestry workers and communities. In the future, Grain says they will be integrating local urban and salvage wood. Additionally, Grain became Climate Neutral certified in 2020 to offset emissions by purchasing carbon credits to fund climate solutions. They are also planning annual reduction goals on future emissions. In 2022 and beyond, the studio will bring production, textiles, rugs, glass and metal parts in house to reduce shipping and increase use of carbon neutral materials like cork. “This process is not about perfection,” said Grain owners. “It is about a transparent and accountable way to measure social environmental responsibility . It is an effort done in community to benefit community and we are here to support anyone who is curious.” + Grain Design Images via Grain Design

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3 prefab CLT condos are being built in Canada

April 13, 2022 by  
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The first cross-laminated timber (CLT) condo project in Toronto, Canada will make a big difference in the way people see prefabricated construction. Prefabrication is a highly effective way to create sustainable buildings that use fewer materials. Windmill Development Group, Leader Lan Developments and R-Hauz worked together to create three prefab CLT condo projects to Toronto . To start, these prefab buildings are quick to construct. They take only eight to 12 months to complete. As a result, they create fewer emissions , less construction waste and a shorter construction timeline than condos constructed on-site without prefabrication. Related: Prefab homes from Dvele are built using automation Furthermore, each of these buildings are made with CLT. The material is prefabricated off-site. The total project includes 83 condo units across three properties. All three of these areas are joined by the Mimico GO Train Station. Therefore, each building is targeting LEED Platinum Certification . R-Hauz will be the design-build contractor for each building. Additionally, all three projects are receiving funding from One Planet Living. They are a fund developed by Windmill Development and Epic Investment Services. The fund is designed to provide opportunities in real estate development . On the other hand, CLT is made with layers of wood that are glued together and joined at angels. This creates strong, rigid wood panels. In fact, the panels can be used to build walls, ceilings, floors, roofs and even furniture . The CLT panels are easy to assemble and once they are made, they can be taken to the construction site and assembled. Moreover, cross-laminated timber it’s actually highly flame-resistant. By using timber instead of steel or concrete , emissions are reduced. With the combination of CLT and prefabricated materials, the condos project in Toronto are building a better future. + Windmill Development Group , Leader Lane Developments and R-Hauz Images via R-Hauz

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Keep furniture out of landfills with help from Inhabitr

April 7, 2022 by  
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Making changes to reverse global warming and reduce  waste  requires a change in our consumption mindset. Keeping products in use longer, recycling by finding new owners for items and maintaining an item in good condition are all ways to limit the loads headed to landfills. This is especially true with furniture . To address the issue, Inhabitr offers a high-tech solution for a very basic concept — furniture sharing. By using a cloud system, Inhabitr monitors inventories of all types of furniture and interior design components. Customers can then locate furniture to use in the short or long term. With a focus on designer-quality pieces and on-trend designs, Inhabitr caters not only to homeowners and renters but commercial businesses, real estate developers and those in hospitality industries, such as  hotels  and restaurants.  Related: OFS furniture is eco-driven from tree to delivery Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of home furnishing , Inhabitr works to keep furniture and accessories in circulation for as long as possible. Its service even provides inventory options, delivery and installation. Most deliveries arrive within days since Inhabitr has warehouses located around the country. Beyond furniture for every room, the database provides access to dinnerware, rugs, artwork and TVs. When done with your rental, Inhabitr will also pick up items and clean or repair them as needed before again making them available in the cloud for others to use.  While renting furniture is one option, customers can also buy used or new furniture and select rent-to-own items. In addition to moving pieces between customers, Inhabitr connects with large retailers, liquidators, wholesalers and manufacturers with excess inventory. These connections allow Inhabitr to support independent businesses and reduce waste by adding these pieces to its cloud for ongoing use. Since Inhabitr’s inception, the company reports it has circulated $5 million worth of furniture that would have otherwise ended in a landfill . Inhabitr has seen substantial growth, even during the pandemic, showing consumer support for sustainable interior design options.  “If you don’t have a way to let used furniture make its way back into the mainstream, you’re never going to solve the landfill problem,” said Ankur Agrawal, founder and CEO of Inhabitr. ”With our technology , we’re creating a way in which every consumer who wants to use a couch for a year, for example, and wants to trade it in for a different couch, will have the option to place their furniture into our cloud. Our cloud will then put it back into someone else’s home while allowing people to achieve the design aesthetic that they’re looking for, and be able to create a fair value for that couch.” + Inhabitr Images via Inhabitr 

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Sustainable bathroom collection has a Mediterranean flair

January 28, 2022 by  
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When you look at Roca’s new sustainable Ona bathroom fixture collection, think the Mediterranean: the sea, great food, soft shapes and geometric lines. Ona means “ wave ” in Catalan, and the collection from Roca can outfit your entire bathroom, including sink basins, faucets, bathtubs, toilets and bidets. The Roca Design Center team created the Ona collection in collaboration with the international design studios Noa Design and Benedito Design to reflect the company’s Mediterranean roots. The collection was created respecting natural materials. It also has a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability. Related: Furniture transforms any space in a couple of seconds What this means: zero-waste production and all-natural composites went into the Fineceramic material, which also allows for lighter high-end pieces that can be shaped in any size. Lightweight sinks also reduce firing and transport emissions , something we often don’t consider in the sustainability of design for home fixtures. Additionally, the sinks come in matte or glossy white finishes. The glossy finish can optionally include Supraglaze coating, an extra-smooth surface that inhibits dirt and residue buildup on bathroom fixtures. Drawers below the sinks include soft-close function and come in matte white, gray, green and light oak or dark elm wood finishes. Benedito Design created the faucets for the Ona collection with a focus on both design and sustainability. Slim cylindrical designs come in varying heights and lengths, all featuring a flat minimalist handle at the base. There is a flow limiter and ceramic cartridge with restricted diameter along with cold-start system to lower water and energy consumption. Faucets come in chrome, titanium black, matte black and rose gold. Bathtubs in the Ona collection were created with Stonex. It is a material exclusive to Roca that is anti-slip and resistant to abrasion for durability. The bath collection is rounded out by countertop trays and containers made of recyclable materials, which are available in matching matte white, gray or green finish. All toilets and bidets are rimless for maximum hygiene and have the Supraglaze coating option to reduce cleaning needs. + Roca Images via Roca

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Furniture transforms any space in a couple of seconds

January 5, 2022 by  
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A smaller space consumes less resources, but can create problems when trying to move in the furniture. Resource Furniture understands the struggle and responds with multi-purpose furniture that fits the needs of the minimalist lifestyle, reduces waste and provides solutions for small spaces.  Resource Furniture pieces are versatile, often serving more than one purpose, which intrinsically means less furniture is required in the home . This reduces consumption of products and the materials required to build them. For example, Swing, one of the company’s cornerstone wall beds, works in conjunction with the sofa for easy set up and retraction without moving any furniture to make space. Other wall beds work in conjunction with desks. Related: Cheap, durable and natural furniture from PlayWood “Unlike a sofa bed, our wall beds are designed to be comfortable and easy enough to use every single day,” said Challie Stillman, VP of sales and design at Resource Furniture. “In a studio, for example, a wall bed transforms the way an occupant lives with and in the space. The apartment can function like a one-bedroom, and the conversion from sofa to bed also allows a mental conversion to take place — out of sight, out of mind!” The company also offers a seemingly small table that converts into a dining table that will seat eight guests. That’s a recipe for a successful dinner party, even in a small space.  It also has a desk that looks like it’s part of the wall until it’s folded out to create a workspace. Anyone living, working or studying in a small space can appreciate the ability to hide a desk from sight when it’s not in use. Similarly, the company makes hidden closets, nesting table sets and modular storage solutions. The modular aspect of many of the pieces allow the user to replace parts without the waste that comes from throwing out the entire piece of furniture. However, the company is dedicated to making durable furniture and offers a lifetime warranty with that in mind.  To this end, Resource Furniture is committed to material selection and production that ensures a long usable life for each product. According to a press release, “Resource Furniture facilities and furniture craftsmen adhere to the most stringent environmental , quality and ethical standards in the world.” This is reinforced by the selection of sustainably sourced, FSC-CoC Certified, TSCA Title VI and CARB2-compliant materials. Resource Furniture’s wall beds are constructed with composite wood panels, which contain a minimum of 90% recycled and reforested wood product. Even the mattresses are environmentally-conscious, made from completely biodegradable and solvent-free materials. The company relies on water-based lacquers, paints and glues to prevent off-gassing emissions. During production, the Italian manufacturer for the wall beds, Clei, recaptures sawdust and gas by-products that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere. To the very last moment of use, Resource Furniture has a plan for environmental responsibility . “I like to say that our product is low-tech — most of the products are operated manually,” said Steve Spett, cofounder of Resource Furniture. “This serves several purposes. The furniture is easy to maintain and has a long warranty. Since it uses no electricity, it’s also a zero-emission product. The products are also easy to operate and do not require any special accommodations for electrical outlet placement.” + Resource Furniture  Images via Resource Furniture

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How to bring biophilic design inside your home in 2022

January 3, 2022 by  
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Design trends come and go, often as a reflection of the country’s zeitgeist. So, it’s really not too surprising the events of 2020 and 2021 have driven design trends towards a connection with nature. So much so, there’s a label for this type of architectural and decorating style. Biophilic design is the primary design trend for 2022. What is biophilic design? At its core, biophilic design connects inhabitants with nature. It not only emphasizes natural elements such as cross-ventilation and natural lighting , but also places a focus on creating a healthy and productive space. That’s something we all seem to crave as the work-from-home trend extends.  The prefix bio- means life, making it clear why the movement involves a lot of plants and other greenery. This would be both inside the space and within views out windows and doors. In addition to vegetation , other natural materials such as branches and water are introduced.  Related: Verdi creates home décor from natural fibers and metal Origins of biophilic design  Stephen Kellert, professor of social ecology at Yale, is credited with the early foundations for the design style. He developed a guiding set of principles aimed at bringing outdoor experiences into the home environment . Lighting If you’re at the construction (or remodeling) stage, the best way to develop the design is to invite in natural light at every possible avenue through skylights, big windows and glass doors.  If a remodel isn’t on the docket, incorporate surfaces that reflect light, such as glass tables and large mirrors. For interior lighting, use natural and energy-efficient bulbs and give yourself options with teardrop, can and chandelier lighting. Provide additional task lighting with under-cabinet lights, floor lamps and table lamps.  Think about how light moves through your space from morning to night and how you use the space. Place your desk or couch near a window. Put a dining table where it will receive evening sun.    Colors Nature has acted as a template for interior design since the time the term was phrased. Color holds a lot of power in setting the tone of a space. When leaning into biophilic interior design, keep the color palette subtle and natural. Think creams and beiges. Also look at soothing shades of blue and green. These colors can create a backdrop as paint or fill the interior on furniture, curtains, carpets and throw pillows.  Provide airflow Fresh air creates an invigorating reaction. It flushes out stale air in the space and brings an instant connection with the outdoors. With this in mind, rely on open doors and windows with screens. Cross-ventilation allows air to tunnel through the space without relying on the central HVAC system. If you don’t have a natural air source, use a ceiling fan instead. Consider airflow options when placing your furniture. Plants Bringing living bits of nature into your space sets the tone for a connection with the natural world. Plus, since plants naturally filter the air, they provide a healthier environment. Research has also shown caring for plants reduces stress. Look to every level when displaying plants . Use ceiling hooks to hang plants, mantles, window sills, half-walls and multi-tiered plants stands.  Water Few natural elements elicit a response quite like flowing water. You can achieve this benefit through a tabletop or wall fountain. Large or small, the movement of water is calming and naturally connects to the other elements of water and air.  Fire The addition of a wood or gas-burning stove or fireplace brings another natural element into the mix. The crackle of the wood, the smell and the look of flames climbing upwards all trigger memories of camping, childhood summer camp and backyard gatherings.  Keep edges soft Look to Mother Nature when selecting furniture and décor pieces. She doesn’t have sharp edges. Instead of rectangular, square or other rigid shapes, choose curved and rounded pieces instead. Curved couches, round tables, circular lamp shades and carpets all bring softness to the space.  Texture and balance Every decision you make in your biophilic design has the potential to add to or detract from the cohesion of the look. To achieve balance in the space, make sure all elements are working together. For example, bulky curtains can block out natural light so consider a transparent and flowing fabric instead.  Rely on natural materials throughout the space for an immersive dive into a connection with the planet. Jute, wood, cotton, bamboo, natural yarn, stone and wool all bring the look. Although a calm vibe is the goal, it doesn’t mean your space has to be a blank slate of off-white, smooth surfaces. Use texture to bring depth in throw pillows, window covering, upholstery fabric or rugs. Too much and the space will feel overly busy. Too little and it can feel cold and sanitary. Go for a blend with small accents instead. As a form of indirect biophilic elements, gather up framed or canvas art that highlights natural aspects of fire, water, air, mountains, oceans, rivers, trees, plants and animals too. Via Modsy Images via Unsplash

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