Clerkenwell Design Week: A Design For Life.

May 23, 2018

This week has seen over 37,000 of the capitals cutting edge designers, makers and thinkers descend upon Clerkenwell for it’s annual Design Week. Clerkenwell Design Week, now being in it’s ninth year, continues to dictate trends and push the boundaries of conceptual design. With biophilia being such a big topic, of course it was bound to feature; and where there’s biophilia, there we’ll be.



Our good friends over at Koleksiyon invited us into their newly refreshed showroom to explain the benefits of biophilia and we were only too happy to oblige. Account Manager and all-round greenery aficionado Sam took to the platform to share his knowledge with Clerkenwell’s esteemed attendees. Here’s a run-down of the most important facts for you to take away with you.


What even is Biophilia?


Literally meaning ‘love of life’, biophilia is the theory that as humans we need to be connected to nature and other living things. When introduced to design, it prioritises natural elements in mind to emulate the effects we would feel when we spend time out in nature. The term was first popularised in the 1980s but the idea of a need for a link with the natural world was proposed many times before this. ​In fact, humans have been bringing plants indoors for a very long time; as far back as Ancient China, over 3000 years ago. While this came out of the use of plants in medication and remedies, by the end of the 19th century, plants were considered part of interior design. After WW2, tropical indoor plants became popular due to the introduction of central heating​. Planting in offices came later, when open plan office design became popular, thought to originate in Germany in 1959​.


Maybe you’re thinking, ‘that’s all in the past, why should I consider plants in my office now?’ Well let me tell you…



Studies relating to plants and biophilia prove how effective the theory of adding natural elements can be when put into practice. ​Plants naturally improve the air we breathe, while offices with natural elements have been shown to increase productivity and employee wellbeing, and just the sight of plants have been shown to speed up recovery times in patients. The benefits don’t stop there; they can help to reduce noise in open plan spaces, regulate temperatures indoors by providing shade, insulation and adding humidity, and they’re extremely aesthetically pleasing to boot. Maybe there is another way to feel closer to nature, breathe cleaner air and introduce some good-looking design features; but the truth is, plants are the most practical and effective way to immediately add all these elements.


Before you go rushing off to stock up on plants to put beside your office printer or water cooler, it’s important to point out that while all these things are true for living plants; in a lot of cases the opposite is true of dying plants. Knowing the best plants for the space and providing expert maintenance is the key to keeping them healthy and alive. That’s where we come in. Properly cared for, plants can add value to your business and your employees will thank you for it.


Take a look at how we can introduce some powerful plants to your workspace.

To find out more about Koleksiyon, visit their website.

Full details about Clerkenwell Design Week can be found here.

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