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Towards a Greener Office design – Biophilia

July 11, 2017

There’s no denying that many of us would rather be outside enjoying the sunlight, and delights of the natural world, then be stuck at a desk in our office. Unfortunately, the reality is that we are stuck in front of our screens much more then we are going for walks in our local green spaces. That’s why, office design is needing to evolve, fast. It needs to bridge a gap between our innate need to connect with nature, and the realities of our non-stop office contained work lives. The question is, how does an office interior furnishings company like us go about providing the tools that help to create a contemporary, enabling and responsive living office? One that enhances the well-being, productivity, happiness and oxygen levels of its em

ployee’s. And we’re not just talking about housing more plants in the reception area…

Here at Matrix, we have already outlined our commitments to a greener business, greener interiors. From our fully comprehensive Office interior consultancy; our project consultants can conduct a full Space and layout plan that shows you how to make better use of your space. Our suppliers IVM are going greener, in guaranteeing lower formaldehyde emissions, and using recycled wooden panels. For further information, take a look at our green policy. We are continually looking towards solutions that are both sustainable and much greener and there are many still to come. ”


Biophilic design which describes people and their innate love for nature, has recently become the architects/designers buzzword. And soon to be our catchword when it comes to rethinking office formats, and furniture design that responds to employee’s need to connect with living systems.

A few facts on the impact of Biophilia in the workplace:

  1. Of office landscape of EMEA workers:
    • 42% of employees have no natural sunlight
    • 55% of employees don’t have access to greenery
    • 7% of employees have no windows
  2.  EMEA office workers who work in an environment with natural elements (such as greenery and sunlight report a 13% higher level of wellbeing.
  3. EMEA office workers who work in environments with natural elements such as greenery and sunlight are 8% more productive
  4. Biomimicry – which refers to the symbolic connection, or the re-creation of natural elements that mimic patterns, textures and forms of living things has the same positive impact on reducing stress, and increasing energy levels then the real thing.
  5. The top 5 elements most wanted in a workspace are
    • Natural light – 24%
    • Quiet working spaces, also known as Breakout area’s – 22%
    • A view of the sea – 20%
    • Live indoor plants – 18%
    • Bright colours – 15%

This research report was conducted by Human Spaces, who sampled 3600 employees from eight countries (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and UAE).

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