Meet Our Founder - Harleen Mclean
Meet Our Founder - Harleen Mclean
Harleen Mclean Design
Harleen Mclean is an internationally recognized interior design studio dedicated to integrating well-being into aspects of design. We understand that the surrounding environment can influence our everyday emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. Harleen Mclean has developed a signature design code from which more inspired, healthier and mindful living and working habits can flow. Using Biophilic Design we give full expression to your ideas, creating interiors, work spaces and homes that nurture and embrace individuality and wellbeing.
The Story Behind HMI Zebra Logo
When I was asked to create our logo, I knew I wanted something fresh, that embodied both individuality and connection, and it had to convey a love of nature, a love of Biophilic Design.
In Africa nature is everywhere. The savannah teems with variety and life, it’s vibrant and urgent, and the cycles are both brutal and breath-taking. Every year hundreds of thousands of baby zebras are born, and yet no two are alike. Like our fingerprints each zebra is born with its own individual stripe pattern. I love that. Not only the individuality but that these beautiful creatures have adapted over millennia a unique striped patterning that allows them to survive, and to thrive. When zebra are running they look like a sea of never ending movement, this makes it difficult for a predator to pick out one animal. Their remarkable adaptation is beautiful, individual and highly successful.
I view interior design as very individual, not just in terms of the original ideas, and requirements, but what Biophilic design can create that transcends standards, and excellence in each project.
That is the master goal, creation and individuality, blending technology, art, and nature.
“Working with your internal state to transform your interior space - thus facilitating the improvement of your wellbeing.”
Why Is Biophilic Design Relevant Today?
The World Health Organisation expects stress related illness, such as mental health disorders and cardio-vascular disease, to be the two largest contributors to disease. As urbanisation expands our connection to nature diminished. This adversely impacts our mental and physical health and energy. Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into the built environment have been demonstrated to reduce stress, blood pressure and encourage healthy heart rates, whilst increasing productivity, creativity and wellbeing.
Businesses at the forefront of work place design such as Apple, Google and Amazon are investing heavily in Biophilic Design elements. These principles are shown to improve worker concentration, engagement and cognitive ability AND attract and retain prized talent.
How Do We Implement Biophilic Design ?
- Optimization and organisation of spaces with a human focus.
- Thermal comfort levels.
- Air quality, toxin levels and ventilation.
- Acoustic comfort.
- Improved natural and artificial lighting.
- Internal and external views onto nature.
- The use of natural materials textures, patterns and colours.
- The incorporation of recuperative spaces.
- Aesthetic environment with brand recognition.
- Psychological and physiological effects of the space.
5 Senses of Biophilia
Touch – Warmth from a fire place, natural ventilation, textured materials, cool surfaces and solar heat gain.
Sound – Plants moving in the breeze, water features, birds chirping music.
Smell – Fragant Flowers and trees, smells associated with childhood.
Sight – Aquariums, green walls, cloud movement, fracture patterns found in nature, circadian light, view to outside nature.
Taste – Gardening with edible plants, honey bee farm, fresh fruit and vegetable patches, freshly grown home planters.
We are committed to excellence and wellbeing, bringing your designs to life.