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12 Days of Biophilic Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas and it’s time for some holiday cheer, the Biophilic Way.

 12 Days of Biophilic Christmas

Image Credit - XAVIER ROMERO-FRIAS / CREATIVE COMMONS

Let’s look at the ’12 Days of Christmas’ and how they apply to Biophilic interior Design.

🎶 On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. 

 How appropriate! Trees, especially those that bear fruit, are always a great gift. The partridge a native of Europe and Asia as a non migratory bird has to observe the seasonal changes like the rest of us, thereby evoking the patina of time that gives us a sense of connection and familiarity.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree, Image Credit - Carrie May

 🎶 On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me 2 turtle doves.

Doves are the sign of peace and harmony. Central to Biophilic interior Design is the inclusion of elements and associations that bring a sense of well-being and calm. The dove has been a symbol of peace and innocence for thousands of years in many different cultures. It is a perfect symbol for the season of Christmas, when calm, and rejuvenation are essential.

Doves

Two Turtle Doves, Image Credit - Stellen Bosch Birds 

 🎶 On the 3rd Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 3 French Hens. 

Hens, or chickens have been with the development of civilisation since the 4th century BC. They originated in Asia from the wild Red Junglefowl and have flourished in domesticity with humans. While they are a central part of many celebrations and feasts, they are also decorative and make easy to maintain pets and companions; though early morning crowing may not be your favourite alarm.

Three French Hens

Three French Hens Image Credit - sallyameliahyland

 

🎶 On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 4 calling birds. 

Of course with all this visual beauty we need to also appeal to our auditory senses too. In Biophilic Design we ensure that intrusive noise is minimalized, and productive sounds such as birds chirping, water falling, and other ‘white noises’ are available. The sight and sound of birds, also evokes a sense of freedom and wonder.

The sound of rain hitting large tree leaves in a rainforest.

Image Credit - Pintrest 

🎶 Five Gold Rings! 

Everyones favourite in the song, our voices soar before descending in to the home run of the chorus. Gold is also highly significant as one of our most precious metals. It is the colour of extravagance and wealth and its inclusion in any interior creates a focal point, with its golden tones being both autumnal and very warming. It’s an inspiring colour and can be used in subtle and intriguing ways.

Image Credit - Craft Berry Bush

Five Gold Rings, Image Credit - Craft Berry Bush 

🎶 Six Geese a-laying. 

The six geese producing bounty for a feast, could also be producing the experiential connection that we get when handling spheres, ovals and other smooth objects. Consider adding different textures to your interiors, offices and homes such that your sense of touch is stimulated along with the visual connection that we feel when we see natural objects

Image Credit - Ricarda | 23QM Stil - Wohnen, Stil, Design & Reisen

Six Geese are Laying, Image Credit - Ricarda | 23QM Stil - Wohnen, Stil, Design & Reisen 

 

🎶 Seven Swans a-swimming. 

Aside from the grace and beauty of the swans, the inclusion of water in Biophilic Design is always a boost to productivity, and creativity. Whether in the form of elaborate waterfalls, aquariums, outdoor ponds, water sources that flow through an office, compound, house, the movement of water is intrinsic to feelings of safety and contentment.

Image Credit - Pinterest

Image Credit - Pinterest  

🎶 Eight Maids a-milking. 

It is well documented that patients in hospitals recover quicker when they are able to see outside onto a garden or field. Likewise scenes of the outdoors in the form of painting, murals, graphics also produce positive effects on office workers and in the home environment. You may not be able to go out and milk a cow but just the ability to see a landscape painting stimulates areas of our brain that lowers blood pressure and boosts creativity.

Landscape Painting Image Credit by Emily Jeffords 

Landscape Painting Image Credit by Emily Jeffords

 🎶 Nine ladies dancing. 

Movement is beneficial to all people, gone are the dark days of people stuck in an un-stimulating cubicle. Modern offices and organisations understand the need for different experiences that enable our thoughts and brains to function better; nature abound with movement. 

Image Credit - PUFIK Interiors & Inspirations

Image Credit - PUFIK Interiors & Inspirations

🎶 Ten Lords a-leaping. 

Consider including interactive pieces that provoke interplay and movement. Who says a slide or treehouse is only for the outdoors? Consider a hammock, or swing as a point of interest. Biophilic Interior Design is about bringing the outdoors in, consider some joyous, exuberant moments and see how that translate to indoor features and elements.

Image Credit - Pampas Designed by Brana Studio

Image Credit - Pampas Designed by Brana Studio 

 🎶 Eleven pipers piping. 

In Biophilic interior Design we know the importance of our sense of hearing. Aside form the existing sounds that need muting, such as traffic noise, when creating an interior consider the noise of movement, and human traffic needs to be considered. Carpets, and various sustainable flooring options create safe and ‘sound’ alternatives.

 Designed by Tarkett’s hospitality creative director Amy Jaekel

 Designed by Tarkett’s hospitality creative director Amy Jaekel 

 🎶 Twelve Drummers Drumming. 

Yes drums herald celebration and ceremony, however if it is a constant drumming the resulting noise pollution causes a greater than 60% drop in productivity and enjoyment. Ssssssh ensure your Biophilic interiors are calming, creative and boost well-being

Image Credit - Liv For Interiors

Image Credit - Liv For Interiors  

 We’ve had some fun with this classic song from the 1700s, its melody, and rhythmic lyrics remind us that Christmas and the holidays are for fun and community.   If we can celebrate with sustainability and well-being then we will all have a very Merry Biophilic Christmas!