Introducing Awestruck Biophilic Design - bringing the outdoors indoors through the exploration of wellbeing
CEO & Creative Director
Harleen Mclean, our CEO and inspiration for the brand, has provided life coaching to over 25,000 professionals and holds a deep understanding into human behaviour and habits. She has been an interior designer for clients spanning the globe with more recent projects in US, Kenya, Qatar, and London and has a love for nature and passion for healing. This vast experience and expertise lent itself for Harleen to conceptualise how interiors and the built design can support human well-being and healing. She has conceptualised a pioneering design for well-being for interiors coined Oikos,named after the ancient Greek term for integrated living, family and community.
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. By working with your internal state, Harleen Mclean can transform your interior space and built environment for the promotion of your personal well-being.
“Working with your internal state to transform your interior space towards improving your wellbeing.”
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 by 2020. With a diminished connection to nature, the increasing pressure on urban space & the ubiquitous technological presence we have less opportunity to recuperate our mental and physical energy.Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into the built environment have been demonstrated through research to reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates, whilst increasing productivity, creativity and self reported rates of well-being.Businesses at the vanguard 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 but also to attract and retain staff in the “war for talent”.
•Optimization and organisation of spaces with a human focus.
•Thermal comfort levels.
•Air quality, toxin levels and ventilation.
•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.
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 , circaclian light , view to outside nature.
Taste - Gardening with edible plants , honey bee farm , fresh fruit and vegetable patches , freshly grown home planters.