What do Wabi Sabi, Hygge and Biophilic Design all have in common?

Wabi Sabi, Hygge and Biophilic Design all focus on how we feel in a space (e.g. calm, stressed, focused, cosy) rather than focusing purely on aesthetics.

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy which values tranquillity, harmony, beauty and imperfection. It encourages us to focus on seeing things in their most authentic state and celebrate the way things are rather than endlessly pursuing perfection.


Danish Hygge is often described as the art of cosiness, its key ingredients are togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, presence and comfort, in other words you know Hygge when you feel it.


Biophilic Design focuses on our neurological and physiological responses to the built environment - the air we breathe, the quality of light, the colour, texture and dimension of the space – and provides design solutions that positively impact our health and well-being.


We all need a little cosiness and imperfection in our lives and help in combatting the stresses we face daily. So, what better method to design spaces than a combination of all three?



Photo credit : Whiteline hotels. Photo of the Greenwich hotel , New York. Interior design by Axel Vervoordt

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