How is health and wellness making its way into everyday design?
From work offices to home environments, interior designers create the spaces where we spend 93 percent of our time. An increasing focus on wellness has called on these professionals to create a blueprint for healthy behaviors, considering factors such as connecting to nature, walkable access to spaces and even lighting fixtures. Sustainable features are also increasingly in demand. And the trend is not to be dismissed – according to a March 2015 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) survey, 40 percent of interior design projects completed in the first quarter of 2015 included sustainable elements either requested by the client, or suggested by the designer, reports Metropolis Magazine.
As the task of implementing wellness-focused approaches into building plans grows increasingly more complex, the designer’s role is blurred with more scientific professions such as anthropology and biology. Metropolis Magazine explains:
From designing office spaces that encourage healthy behaviors, to integrating multiple generations in one home, minimizing the environmental footprint of a new hotel, or creating a retail space that utilizes the latest technology to maximize profits, it’s true—designers are asked to solve increasingly complex problems.
To keep up with the demand for wellness-promoting, sustainable design, designers are turning more and more to collaborative processes. Metropolis Magazine cites a “holistic approach that pulls on expertise across disciplines.” Staying attuned to the latest standards, codes, certifications and labels – such as LEED – are other mechanisms designers can use to create and promote a health-conscious environment.
Hear ASID reps talk more about bringing health to the built environment at Metropolis Magazine.