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Biophilic Design in the Workplace

Biophilic design is the focus on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural process.  Biophilic design in the workplace needs to focus on advancing people’s health, fitness, and well-being. 

People spend approximately 2,920 hours a year in a work environment that usually  consists of dark spaces and cluttered cubicles, leading to a disconnection with the natural world.  Not surprisingly, this also makes us feel tired and typically results in decreased productivity levels.  What if I told you offices can be refreshing and inspiring?

Biophilic Design, Kimball Showroom, Chicago, IL.

One of the biggest trends in design is bringing the outside in aka biophilic design. Biophilic design has been found to increase productivity and creativity in the workplace by creating the sensation of working in nature. Sunlight is one of the easiest elements of nature you can incorporate into the office. Open plans that use low panels at workstations and glass or translucent walls are ideal to receive the greatest benefit.

However, since majority of offices do not have windows, biophilic can be incorporated in many other ways. The addition of low maintenance plants, like spider plants or pothos, easily help the air quality, sound absorption, and a positive psychological effect in a space. Fake plants are a good option for people that want no maintenance and still have the psychological comfort.

Here are many other ways biophilic design can be incorporated into a space:

  • Use natural textures like wood, stone, concreate, brick, etc.
  • Select low-emitting materials
  • Install flooring with repetitive patterns
  • Chose fabrics with nature-inspired designs
  • Use natural colors
  • Living walls

Tip: try to keep your office light, airy, and spacious. This will help make your employees more active and energized throughout the day.

Biophilic design products:

Here at Advanced Furniture Solutions, we want to give you the most out of our services and best customer experience possible. Our large range of manufacturers gives us the opportunity to give our clients their dream space.  Give us a call at (904) 398-0807, contact us online, or visit our showroom on 9452 Philips Highway, Suite 7, Jacksonville, FL 32256.  Hours: Monday-Friday, 08:00-5:00. Saturday hours available by appointment.

Let our experts assist you in developing practical and effective office solutions that will get you on the right track to improved workplace wellness, productivity, and inspiration.

Jacksonville’s only Kimball Select Dealer and named as one of the Fastest 50 Growing Businesses by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2016, 2017 & 2018, Advanced Furniture Solutions is a premier woman-owned office furniture and commercial flooring store in Jacksonville, Florida.  A certified 8M, Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), AFS has been providing sustainable and affordable office solutions to organizations of all shapes and sizes in the Jacksonville area for over 20 years.