The term ‘biophilia’ was first coined by social psychologist Eric Fromm and later popularized by biologist Edward Wilson (Biophilia, 1984). The sundry denotations – which have evolved from within the fields of biology and psychology, and been adapted to the fields of neuroscience, endocrinology, architecture and beyond – all relate back to the desire for a (re)connection with nature and natural systems. Biophilic design is the designing for people as a biological organism, respecting the mind-body systems as indicators of health and wellbeing in the context of what is locally appropriate and responsive. Good biophilic design draws from influential perspectives – health conditions, socio-cultural norms and expectations, past experiences, frequency and duration of the user experience, the many speeds at which it may be encountered, and user perception and processing of the experience – to create spaces that are inspirational, restorative, and healthy, as well as integrative with the functionality of the place and the (urban) ecosystem to which it is applied.
Above all, biophilic design must nurture a love of place. The floor, which makes the base of an indoor space, plays the key role in bringing nature into the space, making it biophilic and capitative. In such space, people would experience enhanced creativity, and feel more restorative. There are several patterns, we take care of at Novalis, when designing our floor: visual connection with nature (a view to elements of nature, living systems and natural process), non-visual connection with nature (auditory, haptic, olfactory stimuli) that engender a deliberate and positive reference to nature, living systems or natural, connection with natural system (awareness of natural processes) especially
seasonal and temporal changes characteristic of a healthy ecosystem. Many of our designs follow the idea of “Natural Analogues“, which use forms & patterns, surface haptics to address organic, non-living and indirect evocations of nature. Thanks to the nature of LVT and the elevated printing and embossing technology, we can fully extend our design vision and capability within LVT.