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  1. 1. BIOPHILIC DESIGN? A STUDY OF EMOTION, INFLUENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF FURNITURE DESIGN WITH LIVING ORGANISMS Nurul ‘Ayn Ahmad Sayuti Assoc. Prof. Carlos Montana Hoyos & Prof. Elivio Bonollo University of Canberra Australia
  2. 2. Research Aims Research Questions Definition of o Furniture Design o Biophilia Theory o Biophilic Design o Emotional Design Related Previous Research Initial Observation – Typology & Conceptual Model Questionnaires – Design & Preview of Results Discussion/Conclusion
  3. 3. This study aims to explore the influences of furniture designers, as well as perceptions by potential users, in regards to Furniture Designs with Living Organisms (FDLO), within the discipline of Industrial Design. A literature review has unveiled a gap in knowledge, as no studies have been found which address biophilia or biophilic design specifically within furniture design. Research Aims
  4. 4. Main Question: 1. What are the relationships between biophilia theory and emotional design in furniture design with living organisms? Other Questions: 2. What are the criteria to classify the current examples of furniture with living organisms? 3. Why did designers embed living organisms in furniture design? 4. How do people perceive furniture designs with living organisms? Research Questions
  5. 5. Definitions of main topics: Biophilia Theory Biophilia by E.O.Wilson (1984, p 1) : “The innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike process.” The main proposal of this theory is that people have an innate feeling to connect with nature and living organisms. Biophilia theory proposes reactions and behaviours of human beings towards their environment and how the surroundings affect their daily life.
  6. 6. Definitions of main topics: Biophilic design “Biophilic design is the deliberate attempt to translate an understanding of the inherent human affinity to affiliate with natural systems and processes – known as biophilia into the design of built environment.” (Kellert et al, 2008) .
  7. 7. Recent studies have proven the benefits of nature in the built environment, for people’s health and wellbeing (Kellert et al, 2008; Huelat et al, 2008; Park et al, 2009; Beatley, 2010; Reeve et al, 2012; Tracada, 2012; Reeve et al, 2013; Newman, 2014; Ryan et al, 2014; Terrapin, 2014; Zydervelt, 2014). Studies on biophilia theory have usually been conducted in the fields of: •Environment and behaviour •Psychology •Health •Education •Urban planning and landscape •Architecture Related Previous Research in Biophilia
  8. 8. Discussions/ Conclusion Studies in applications of the Biophilia theory have demonstrated the benefits that nature brings in the built environment brings to health and wellbeing of people. A literature review evidenced a gap in knowledge, as no studies were found which address Biophilia or Biophilic design within furniture design. Based on compilation and classification of at least 235 FDLO, a typology to understand FDLOs was developed.
  9. 9. Four main categories of FDLO were identified which comprise A: Function and practicality, B: Aesthetic and Semantic, C: Experience, D: Experimental. This typology is useful tool to understand this type of furniture , and is informing the empirical research of this project.
  10. 10. THANK YOU