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.
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The timeless design of the Cubix collection was selected by the world’s largest maker of Venetian glass chandeliers for its headquarters. I Dogi, the prestigious company based in Venice, Italy, selected the Cubix collection for the seating areas inside their showroom and conference room. The stark, modern contrast of the Cubix, combined with the exquisite décor and typical classical designs of the Venetian tradition resulted in a stunning, winning combination, where contemporary beauty meets the classic forms that have been used for centuries to adorn palaces in Europe and around the world.
The Cubix modular collection is composed of armchairs, vis-à-vis, tables, and benches, each customizable to fit any commercial environment. The timeless, clean, contemporary elegance of the collection makes Cubix the ideal product for any environment looking for comfort and quality without overwhelming but complementing the surrounding interior décor.
Larosa is very proud that I Dogi, a company who knows well about high quality craftsmanship, selected this particular collection for their headquarters. Cubix was designed in Arizona over 20 years ago by Antonio Larosa. The collection is made in Italy and is available worldwide. For more info and specifications on Cubix visit Benchmark Contract Furniture.
Antonio Larosa used the high-tech architecture of The Centre Pompidou as the inspiration for the Beam Benches. The stunning building in Paris houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe. Larosa was always fascinated by this major example of an ‘inside-out’ building in architectural history, with its structural system, mechanical systems, and circulation exposed on the exterior of the building.
The Beam Bench collection was designed and built exclusively for public spaces around cities, public transport, parks, colleges and universities. When painted in bright colors the Beam collection looks like fun public art, guaranteed to make you smile even on a rainy day! Manufactured in North America, the Beam Benches are entirely made of aluminum and powder coated to any RAL color of your choice.
Bike racks are important part of any city landscape and it’s hard to imagine life in a city without bikes. If bike racks are also fun to look at that’s even better! Designed by Larosa Design for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture, Peanut is a family of bike racks made entirely out of aluminum and usable in all kinds of weather. Powder-coated in any standard RAL color. Peanut is fun, stylish, yet very useful!