February Review + Music Playlist

Throughout the month of February, we immersed ourselves in biophilia and all it has to offer. The word has become a buzzword in the design world, but it’s more than just a trend. Biophilic design is the practice of connecting people and nature in our indoor environments, instead of only enjoying nature outdoors. Bringing it into our home or office is said to improve mental and physical health, increase productivity, and increase happiness. There are simple ways to achieve this by incorporating natural materials, plants, earthy colors, sunlight, water elements, and organic shapes and forms. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to focus on our overall health and happiness, and with a few simple changes, you can transform your space for the better. Read on to get inspired on how you can add biophilic design to your own home while listening to our latest Spotify playlist.

We visited the modern NCC apartment designed by David Ito Arquitetura in São Paulo, Brazil. A minimalist and sophisticated design emerged through the use of a handful of materials that made a big impact. The apartment embraces biophilia with the warm wood finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows and, of course, the plants. The main living space features large windows that fill the space with natural light, perfect for vertical gardens and greenery throughout. There’s even a custom plant shelf equipped with its own automated irrigation and drainage system, making it super easy to maintain.

If you’re ready to make some changes but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to biophilic design, we’re sharing five of our favorite ways to bring the outdoors in, including plants + greenery, artwork on the theme of nature, natural textures + materials. , natural + diffused light and natural + organic forms. Lots of easy-to-integrate ideas to take a small step or a leap into biophilia!

We can all agree that biophilic spaces are super beneficial to our health. Since most people spend the majority of their time indoors, adding plants can help increase productivity, reduce stress, improve well-being and, at the very least, restore a connection with nature. USM Haller, known for its modular furniture system, makes it even easier to create plant-friendly spaces without taking up extra floor space. With its “World of Plants” line, you can instantly create green landscapes indoors, whether at home or in the office.

More biophilia-inspired posts from this month:

>>> F5: Megan Cain tells us how she got into plants, a gardening staple and more
>>> Save your houseplants with these plant care tips from the experts
>>> Get the look of this modern and cozy Australian green house
>>> What’s Inside the Hilton Carter Factory and Interior Stylist’s Shopping Cart
>>> Japanese-inspired, LEGO-like prefab apartments that rethink the way we live and work

Did you miss one of our monthly mood posts? Check them all out here and stay tuned as we reveal what we have in store for the March design vibe…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.