Biophilia is the trend that rescues the love for nature. O biophilic design embraces the idea that our instincts still yearn for the natural environments where our ancestors lived. Adapting forms, materials and other elements to create “habitats for humans” is what supporters of the movement seek, which promotes spaces that stimulate well-being.
On a subconscious, primal level, the character Monica in friends he had as much need to be in touch with nature as any human being. However, the famous purple Manhattan apartment has a distinctive 1990s decor, while the biophilic design is timeless.
The content team at housefresh explored the biophilic potential of the apartment in the series and recreated each environment following the principles of the trend.
The character is a chef, making the environment even more special. In the space, white marble countertops and darker wood-paneled cabinetry were placed to mimic the light and shadows of nature.
Patterns that change unpredictably over time — like a source of water, in this case — have a positive effect on heart rate, blood pressure and focus, according to research. Other elements, such as plants on the ceiling wheel, bring the space to life.
Natural shapes and patterns transformed the space. A bathtub of organic lines redefines connection with water and the use of natural light favors the circadian cycle that controls so many aspects of our body.
Straw furniture disappeared during the 1980s and 1990s, but has been reinvented in recent years and integrates the biophilic aesthetic by bringing the natural texture combined with ecological awareness. In addition to bedding, fibers appear in decorative objects and carpet.
The circular marble side tables reflect Rachel’s personality and bring a more sophisticated line to the space. Earth and water tones bring out the natural elements through synthetic materials.
The highlight of the space is the green wall, which welcomes residents and guests with delicacy. The plants give life to the building’s common space, which is completely brown.