The twenty first century is a frantic and stressful place for so many of us – with a multitude of demands laying heavy on our shoulders it’s a world away from our ancestral roots where our predecessors lived simple and agrarian lives surrounded by the natural environment. Yet countless studies have determined that as human beings connecting with nature is a prime biological need and one that has been proven to trigger the brain into a relaxed state, easing stress and lowering blood pressure. This phenomenon, popularized in the 1960’s as ‘biophilia’ (meaning love of nature), is as relevant today as ever and has become somewhat of a rising theme within interior design. In recent months we have seen a resurgence of the quite literal use nature within our homes in the form of house plants and greenery.
Here at Kassavello, we delight in relaxing in natural surroundings… a gentle stroll through the forest, breathing in the mountain air or dipping our toes into the sea, but how wonderful if design can replicate those feelings within the home – the space where so many of us spend so much of our lives.
We believe there are a multitude of ways to employ the positive healing powers of biophilia within design:
Colours that reflect nature’s palette help to create a tranquil environment and imbue a sense of calm into a room. From sage greens to rusty mountain oranges, where better to integrate natural colour than a statement piece of upholstery. Fitting the brief perfectly is the Violet armchair in sumptuous green velvet.
Natural materials have been synonymous with luxury design for decades, from stunning marbles to rich woods, hand-picked finishes showcase nature at its finest. And what better piece to illustrate that point than the Harpa sideboard, built from rich rosewood.
Organic shapes are integral to the natural world and an antidote to the straight lines and geometry of our modern cities. Allow yourself to get lost in time observing the free-flowing shape of the sequoia coffee table emulating the root of an ancient tree, or the Bonsai dining table, a wonderful piece of art suggesting a crystallized tree silhouette.
Texture has the ability to replicate the sensual variety of our natural environment. From sumptuous rugs to soft throws – sink yourself into another world and find your personal moment of tranquillity.
To view more naturally inspired pieces and discover your own take on biophilia within design, take a look through our website. And if you’d like to share your own favourites please do let us know on Twitter @kassavello – we’d love to hear from you.