By Jacky Parker
The benefits of nature on our well-being are well-documented, so it's no surprise that biophilic design is on the rise. Bio what you say? Biophilic design basically focuses on our innate human connection to nature with the aim of bringing more of it into our homes and work spaces. It's design that doesn't just look good, it will make us feel good too.
For this reason,contemporary furniture maker Another Country has teamed up with pioneering architecture practice Ekkist, to bring us the Ori Collection, which demonstrates how design can be used to improve well-being.
The collection is inspired by Ekkist’s ‘Ori House’, the UK’s first house designed specifically to benefit the health and well-being of the building’s occupants, based on the innovative WELL Building Standard™.
The result is a collection of furniture designed to contribute to better indoor air quality, mindfulness through texture and craftsmanship, and the incorporation of natural elements through biophilic design.
Indoor planting has been shown to reduce stress and improve concentration. Withthis in mind, the Ori Planter encourages you to bring more plants into your homeor workplace. Taking inspiration from outdoor planting troughs, the Ori Planterworks well postioned by a window, or even at the end of your bed.
A healthy home environment is light filled and this mirror is hinged to reflectlight around the room as well as providing a generous bedroom or hallway mirror.Made using Solid Ash and glass mirror, it’s simple brass hinges add a decorativebut at the same time functional detail.
Designed for the natural home, the Ori Coffee Table uses simple geometry. The large round tray top can be easily lifted off the oblong leg frame, should you wish to decamp and have your coffee or continue what you’re doing elsewhere.
The Ori Guest Bed is a day time sofa, a single put me up and a pull outdouble bed all in one. A versatile piece, designed in response to Ekkist’sWell-being principles it’s made from solid Ash with two slim mattressesmade by Naturalmat and filled with a combination of organic coir and wool.
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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