Biophilic Design transforms Monica’s apartment, from the series ‘Friends’ – Casa e Jardim

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Team recreates Friends’ purple apartment (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

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.

Kitchen

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.

In the window, a small vegetable garden brings green to those who are working and can still offer fresh seasonings for recipes (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

In the window, a small vegetable garden brings green to those who are working and can still offer fresh seasonings for recipes (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

Living room

Wooden stumps serve as a coffee table and side table (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

Wooden stumps serve as a coffee table and side table (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

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.

The organic-shaped chair welcomes and can be a relaxing retreat after an intense day at work (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

The organic-shaped chair welcomes and can be a relaxing retreat after an intense day at work (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

WC

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.

Stone and wood contrast cold and warm on the floor and on the wall (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

Stone and wood contrast the sensations of cold and hot on the floor and on the wall (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

Monica’s room

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 bedside tables are tree stumps (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

The bedside tables are tree stumps (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

Rachel’s Room

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.

To top it off, the plant-filled canopy adds a relaxing green to the space.

To top it off, the plant-filled canopy adds a relaxing green to the space.

Hall

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.

The lamps were installed on a geometric wooden grid (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

The lamps were installed on a geometric wooden grid (Photo: House Fresh / Disclosure)

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