Biophilic design

What is biophilic design?

The word “Biophilia” was first introduced by a psychoanalyst named Erich Fromm who stated that biophilia is the “passionate love of life and of all that is alive…whether in a person, a plant, an idea, or a social group” in his book The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness in 1973.

Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments.

Biophilic design is argued to have a wealth of benefits for building occupants and urban environments through improving connections to nature. For cities, many believe the biggest proponent of the concept is its ability to make the city more resilient to any environmental stressor it may face. In furniture design, the first Biophilic collection was designed by Antonio Larosa in 2011 for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture. Isola is a unique modular seating system specifically designed for public areas such as lobbies, airports and shopping centers. The distinctive, flexible design allows for incorporation of a planter or a closer center.

Isola Collection. Antonio Larosa Design. 2011

Back to Larosa Design BLOG main page

Back to Larosa Design HOME page

Benchmark Contract Furniture

Providing design and marketing services to Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture, leader in the manufacturing and distribution of public space furniture made in the USA, Canda and Italy.

Benchmark Design Group, headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida with representation nationally serves the development and related architectural and design communities nationally by designing, manufacturing, and distributing quality public space furniture to the Hospitality, Food Service, Healthcare, Institutional, and Retail Development Markets.