If it's Faux is it Still Biophilic?

Biophilia is a love of nature that suggests our genes have been built through hundreds and thousands of years living in the natural world. The migration rates to urban environments has led to high prices for people around the globe, but there are ways we can still connect with their surroundings.

Biophilia (meaning love for all things related to nature) focuses on human innate attraction towards agrarian processes such as being outside or touching plant life. Our genetics were created from hundreds and thousand-years worth of time spent in these areas; however, migration trends show us increasingly moving into cities where it's more expensive--but not impossible!

There have been numerous studies over the last 35 years on the benefits to the built environment through improving a connection to nature.

  • Office design: Productivity can be increased by 8%, rates of well-being up 13% and creativity, with reduced absenteeism.
  • Hospitality Design: Guests are willing to pay 23% more for rooms with views of Biophilic elements which leads to an increase in revenue. Another way hospitality spaces create a sense of balance is through soundscapes that allow the body's rhythmicity or heart rate variability as it would naturally occur at home--making guests feel calmer and reducing stress levels.  This has been shown time after time to lead not only guest satisfaction but also lower turnover rates among staff members who work there day in and out."
  • Education Spaces offer many benefits such as improved test results, concentration level and attendance while
  • Healthcare spaces: post-operative recovery times decreased by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%
  • Retail space: the presence of vegetation & landscaping has been found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces with customers indicating they were willing to pay 8-12 % more for goods and services.
  • Homes can become more calming & restorative, 7-8 % less crime attributed in areas that have access


A lot of people seem to have a love/hate relationship with plants. Some find them beautiful and calming, while others think they're messy or feel that there are too many in their home already. If you happen to be one of the latter group but still want some greenery at your house (or office), it's worth considering an artificial plant instead!

A growing number of homeowners are choosing fake foliage for all sorts of reasons: from allergies, lack-of time caretaking, space constraints; not wanting children around toxic chemicals...the list goes on. Artificial flora can also help reduce pollen levels during allergy season since these types don't produce any allergens themselves - making this type perfect if someone suffers from hay fever as well as being

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