12 may 2020

Working from Home: Biophilia

We spent time at home more than we have ever and somehow we have this urge now to bring the outside inside.
The biophilia hypothesis (also called BET) suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. So this urge of buying plants during the lockdown might have its scientific explanation.

House in Ho Chi Minh City

Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hyporthesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as the "the urge to affiliate with other formas of life".
Biophilic spaces have been defined as spaces that strengthen life and support sociological and psycological components: being able to unburden our cognitive syste,, foster the optimun of our sensorial system in terms of neuro-motorial influence, induce a strengthening in emotice and biological terms, support the neuro-endocryne and immunological system.There are some studies that connect speed recovery of patients in hospitals having plants in the same room, there are clinincal evidences of strength.

PSLab Store in London

Decimo Restaurant in London

Office with a Patio by Shogo Onodera & Tsukasa Okada

In recent years we have seen this trend of introducing plants not only in our households but as well in the workplace. Plants and greenery has been a recurrent tool by interior designers and architects to make spaces more appealing and probably mr Wilson theory is right and we have a natural instict to be drawn towards nature.

Some very cool flat interior with lush greenery florishing during this lookdown:

If you are looking to a place where to get your plants from I will highly recommend Conservatory Archives.... beautiful selection of tropical and indoor plants and amazing hand crafted pots.

If you want to save money you can always go to Patch or check within your local neighbourhood.  In my case in the south of London Walworth Garden is a unique charity dedicated to imporoving lives through horticulture. 

4 may 2020

The Haçienda

I am currently updating my Portfolio and remembering a project that I did with Ben Kelly... I started to question: When are we going to be able to go out to enjoy music and dance again?

Ben Kelly is one the UK´s most influential designers. He is best know for his interior design of the legendaty nightclub, The Haçienda in Manchester.

The Haçienda opened in 1982 and until it closed in the late 90s it was a reference in acid and house music.

Following the spirit of the Haçienda and putting Manchester again as an epicentre of the electronic music is Depot Mayfiend

Last summer I went to Homobloc a queer festival with one of the best line ups ever! Organised by the founders of Homoelectric, Manchester.

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