Why does a cabin in the woods speak to our senses so deeply? Think about the times when you felt your best, most at ease and able to take things in your stride? Were you in nature, or at your day job? My money is on the first.
There’s now an entire industry around biophilia and Biophilic Design – reconnecting with nature for wellbeing. Biophilic Design brings natural elements into interior spaces. This improves wellbeing, productivity and creativity by up to 15%. Unsurprisingly, the focus in research has been on office spaces, where the bottom line is heavily influenced by staff members’ wellbeing. But our leisure time of course depends on just these very same principles. This is what Chalk & Moss is all about, inviting this sense of wellbeing into our private spaces. So think about what Biophilic Design means, and how design and homewares can bring a sense of calm into our personal lives.
Biophilic design tricks include using natural materials, colours and textures in our homes and holiday places. Visual references can either directly or indirectly refer to nature in their shapes and forms. Direct your eyes to greenery beyond the glass. Terrapin Bright Green’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design covers these areas and more, extending to topic like airflow, presence of water, complexity and order, biomorphic forms and patterns, refuge and mystery. Seldom are these tools more obvious than in the cosy and immersive cabin in the woods. Here you have some of the most inspiring cabins, to get your own home decor inspiration juices flowing!
A cabin in the woods – pure magic for the senses
Best for: Visual Connection with Nature
2. Carpineto Mountain Refuge by Paolo Danesi Architect & Massimo Gnochi Architect, via The Design Walker.
Best for: Biomorphic Forms and Patterns
3. Gather Green rental cabins in NY State
Best for: Refuge
4. Klein prefab house by BIG architects, upstate NY (via Dezeen)
Best for: Dynamic and Diffused Light
Image by Matthew Carbone
5. Ferme Anjuna, Megeve, France, Luxury Ski Chalets
Best for: Presence of water
You can find these and more in the Biophilic Design board of the Chalk & Moss Pinterest page. You might like the Biophilic interiors & architecture board and cabins board. Do follow Chalk & Moss there!
I’d love to also show you two blog other posts – this magical Norwegian mountain log cabin we borrowed and this one above the Arctic Circle.
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