The natural benefits of wood patterns in design
The human eye constantly seeks out patterns – especially ones that occur in nature. No surprise then that biophilic design, and the ways it highlights nature in architecture and design, has skyrocketed in popularity. The physical and psychological benefits this design style creates are countless. Humanity’s love of biophilia is rooted in our attraction to the organic, and biophilic design lets us “return to nature.” When it comes to plotting the course of your next project, bringing in natural elements is a game changer.
Health benefits of natural patterns and materials in design
Incorporating organic elements in public and private buildings improves job performance and lower blood pressure.
Biophilic design requires three things: Natural light, ventilation, and quality of view. Essentially, designing a space with the same qualities found in nature. It’s only natural that this connection to a biophilic environment not only increases productivity, but can also minimize illness. Using building materials like wood multiplies these benefits, creating the same perks one enjoys while out in nature.
From Icarus Films: An excellent example of large scale biophilic design
A modular tribute to biophilia
TerraMai has introduced three new designs into our popular modular panels line up, which celebrate the benefits and patterns of biophilia: Honeycomb, Tiled, and Mini Slat. Using sustainably-harvested or reclaimed wood, these new designs add style and beauty to any space.
These prefabricated panels are built for precision and speedy installation. In addition to our new naturally-inspired designs comes a new, crisp finish: Polar.
A cascade of hexagons create a multi-tiered honeycomb – a pattern that’s captivated the eye for ages – straddling structure and wildness. This burst of creativity creates a welcome relief from the mundane.
With four varying levels of thickness to each shape, Honeycomb interlocks in a seamless combination of order and organic. Evoking the natural patterns created by bees, these hexagonal panels are a perfect choice for biophilic-centered designs.
Angled, diagonal slats come close but do not touch. Instead, the reveals between these angles allows for customizable patterning, drawing the eye along clean edges and corners.
Created for beauty, speed, and quick installation, these minimalist points add dynamism to a space with clear sequence. TerraMai’s Tiled Modular Panels can be arranged in multiple ways – from classic chevron styles to blooming, diagonal petals – meeting any design tone and need.
A delicate nod to TerraMai’s additional slatted paneling, the Mini Slat Modular Panel design keeps a quiet peace between each wood strip. This airy subtlety brings a sense of breath to the panel – and the space in which it rests. Mini Slat Modular Panels make a graceful addition to any design project with its gentle, ordered arrangement. A little sister to TerraMai’s bolder Square Slat Panels, Mini Slat is ideal for spaces looking for a graceful touch.
With a touch of opalescent alabaster, TerraMai’s Polar finish opens a space with lightness and brightness. To honor the briskness of the north, Polar pairs with any Modular Panel design, drawing out wood’s natural texture and beauty.
For more information on the benefits to occupants of patterns in wood design elements, sign up for the TerraMai course, Designing Healthier Spaces with Wood, and get AIA or IDCEC CEU credits.
Get inspired for your next project and view our classic Modular Panels here.