What is “Biophilia”?

Hint: It’s a growing phenomenon.

Biophilia bio·​phil·​ia | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lē-ə Definition: Many of us were born with biophilia, and more and more people catch it every day. Which is great news. Biophilia, defined as the “human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature.” It’s why we’re all spending our weekends at nurseries, turning our homes into palm-filled jungles and leaning into landscape design.

Biophilia (or “biophilic design”) is the term that’s emerged to describe the phenomenon in the worlds of architecture and interior design, and demand for the aesthetic has increased dramatically since the pandemic.

Biophilia is flourishing everywhere, especially in cities, where contact with nature is a luxury good.

In Los Angeles, a stunning plant shop called The Tropic Inc. has become a Hollywood hotspot for in-the-know biophiliacs, interior designers and Instagram kids. They ship nationwide if you see something you like, which you will.

For city-dwellers who are short on space, which is basically all city-dwellers, award-winning landscape designer Andrea Cochran has some great advice. See how to transform your fire escape into a tiny botanical garden at Fast Company.

Finally, if you want the aesthetics of biophilia without all those thirsty plants, The Sunday Times. has a great primer on bringing botanical design into the home.

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