Every time I visit the Interior Design Show I am most eager to see the product and trends that bring me back to nature. I love things that connect me to the natural world visually, whether it be an organic shape, a reference to plant material, or a look that replicates a naturally occurring organic state. Yes I look for the organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly; but even more so I look for the “design style of the natural world”. A term for this is Biophilic Design—which is essentially the design of spaces that improve our wellbeing and take inspiration from the natural world.

This is part three [Part 1, Part 2] of my tour through IDS 2020 showcasing my personal favorites with a focus on the area of Biophilic Design.

A clean calm interior space, softly illuminated with living greenery, white walls, a sleeping platform and soaking tub.

IDS 2020 PHOTO OF RESET HOME FROM THE VFA ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN WEBSITE

“This year’s IDS concept home [was] a multisensory take on the future of living, and an exploration of the role that our homes can play in improving our overall wellbeing. [The home was an exploration of] how materials, textures, sounds, scents, and light affect the five senses, mind and body, impacting the way we live and interact within the private sanctuary of our home.” Quoted from the IDS Design Your Future program guide.

The RESET home was a collaborated effort between VFA Architecture and Design, Hummingbird Hill Homes and Construction, and Victoria Taylor Landscape Architecture.

A series of images showing the organoid product along with brown paper bags showing the natural materials the product is made of.

A series of images showing the organoid product along with brown paper bags showing the natural materials the product is made of.

A series of images showing the organoid product along with brown paper bags showing the natural materials the product is made of.

IDS 2020 WALLPAPER BY ORGANOID

Organoid is a company that designs and manufactures a wallpaper like material that can be used in a variety of applications. The product is made from raw natural materials and thanks to a gentle production process, the natural features of scent, color and feel are preserved. Organoid surfaces are practically emissions-free and allergy tested. They are free from ecological or other health concerns in addition to being climate friendly and manufactured in a CO2-neutral process in Tyrol, Austria.

Round glass forms, hollow on the inside, with organic shapes formed around the outside

IDS 2020 GLASS BY HANNAN FAYAD

Hannan Fayad is the glass artist who designed and created these unique sculptural forms. A beautiful composition of organic and geometric shapes with colours ranging from soft pastels to earth tones.

A standing chair made of light coloured wood, with a dark brown seat cushion.

IDS 2020 STANDING CHAIR BY MONKEY POD INC

Recently experiencing some neck and back stress because of the long hours I sit at my desk, I was intrigued by this standing chair designed by Monkey Pods Inc. It is surprisingly comfortable and really helps to keep your back upright. To accommodate this chair you would need a desk with an adjustable height, because you are sitting higher than a conventional 30” desk; but it would make a great barstool. Hmmm… maybe I’ll drop a hint to the owner of Monkey Pods to design a complimenting adjustable desk.

A series of artistic forms that replicate the look of the top of wood stumps with infused mineral coloured resin.

A series of artistic forms that replicate the look of the top of wood stumps with infused mineral coloured resin.

IDS 2020 SCULPTURE BY DANA KORRE

I really love these organic art forms by artist Dana Korre. They are made out of newspaper!! Through a process of binding, carving and painting Dana brings the paper material back to the wooden imitations. She then applies a resin to create the polished mineral appearance.

Pieces of metal taken from old cars, like a hood or a door, with intricate patterns carved out of them, and a mix of paint and rust for the finish.

Pieces of metal taken from old cars, like a hood or a door, with intricate patterns carved out of them, and a mix of paint and rust for the finish.

IDS 2020 METAL ART BY OWEN | BURN ISLAND

Although I’m not a “car” person I am attracted to the stunning metal work of this artist, who goes by his first name Owen. The pieces remind me of the natural process of decay, death and subsequently renewal. His work combines industrially produced goods with intricately hand carved patterns. I love the way he has reimagined these discarded artifacts into beacons for transformation.

Design for Conscious Living® is passionate about responsible design and creating spaces that reflect nature. If you are interested in Biophilic Design and/or living in a home that connects to the natural world we would love to work together with you on your project.

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