What is Holistic Interior Design?
Discovering Holistic Interior Design - Part 1
Holistic Interior Design is a design practice with one purpose: to achieve wellbeing indoors where we live, work, learn, heal, and play. This purpose is accomplished by applying different disciplines and platforms such as research, technology, and innovative design solutions. The result is nurturing spaces that not only support and promote health and wellbeing but help us flourish.
Holistic Interior Design applies many practices, but prominently focuses on Interior Design, Biophilic Design, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Colour Design, and Feng Shui.
It is important to know that Holistic Interior Design heavily depends on scientific studies and research and cannot achieve its purpose without drawing upon the findings of natural science, human biology, environmental psychology, Biophilia and ergonomics.
Every study points out the importance of nature to our health and wellness. Since the industrial revolution in the 1800s, we’ve started spending more time indoors detached from nature, the source of our wellbeing. “We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved” – Steven Keller, Professor of Social Ecology at Yale University and pioneer of the Theory of Biophilia.
In modern and developed societies, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Issues and illnesses like insomnia, allergies, stress, depression, anxiety are on the rise. More than ever, we need to rethink the responsibility of design and how our homes can contribute to our physical and psychological health.
High performance organizations have figured this out, as they can attest that healthier employees meant more productivity and prosperity for the organization as a whole. These positive gains have generated changes in the commercial construction industry as the demand grows for designs and products that support the health and wellness of business environments.
The residential industry, however, is lagging in this area. We still talk about form and function but are missing the important dimensions of improving the quality of our lives and striving for higher states of wellbeing.
And thus, our quest continues…
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