MAN. EARTH. DESIGN.
Our mission is to challenge the boundaries between space and nature, inside and outside.
People, Nature and the Environment, are our main design materials. "Green" is the norm.
"We design green & healthy spaces. By using Biophilic design. Integrating natural elements and processes into the built environment. This triggers a strong positive impact on our health and well-being. Biophilic design can be implemented in retail, hospitality, offices, healthcare, residentials and many other spaces."READ MORE
Biophilic design is a design methodology based on “Biophilia: The Love of Life and all living systems.” We design to remind and reconnect humans with nature again. By bringing elements of nature inside the space. Using evidence-based-design to create beautiful healing spaces.
Online e.Design is a worldwide service. It is about designing spaces, inside and outside. With the entire process done online. Ideal for who lives both near or far and want the experience of our qualified biophilic design studio. Without having to have meetings and visits. All by mail.
LEAF+LAB research is our engine for “green” concepting on different scale . The goal is to encourage sustainable behaviour. When designing to encourage this behaviour, it is fundamental to gain a thorough understanding of; user habits and interaction behaviours..
Studio NousNous is Hakim’s design studio that concentrates on design inspired from nature (using the principles of Biophilic design). Studio NousNous is mainly active in designing :
1. Objects & Furniture
3. Tiny Houses
4. Gardens & Parcs
5. Public Spaces
7. Nature Prints & Patterns
Biophilic design is a design approach (methodology) that comes from "Biophilia". The biophilia hypothesis proposes that most humans have an innate love of nature. We long for it and without connecting with it, our health could suffer. So with Biophilic design we re-connect with nature. By bringing nature inside our homes, offices, schools, hospitals, gardens, public spaces, architecture, infrastructures etc. It can be a direct contact, an abstract contact or an in-direct contact with nature.
You might also have come across the word Biomimicy. Do know that Biomimicry is another discipline within the same family "connecting with nature". It is about “mimicry,” or more accurately, the emulation of life’s engineering. In contrast, biophilic design describes humans 'connection with nature' and biophilic is replicating experiences of nature in design to reinforce that connection.
Biomimicry is an innovation method to achieve better performance, more about how nature functions; biophilic design is an evidence-based design method to improve health and wellbeing. Biomimicry is more heavily used in technology and product development circles; biophilic design applies more directly to interior design, architecture, and urban design. Biophilic design is an applied solution to appease this desire for nature by integrating natural elements and processes into the built environment.
By using Biophilic design principles you can create a healthy nurturing space. Not every space can be designed to incorporate all the biophilic principles, but try to apply as many as you can.
The 14 patterns are grouped into three categories:
A.) Nature in the space
1. Visual Connection with Nature
2. Non-Visual Connection with Nature
3. Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli
4. Access to Thermal & Airflow Variability
5. Presence of Water
6. Dynamic & Diffuse Light
7. Connection with Natural Systems
B.) Natural Analogues
8. Biomorphic Forms & Patterns
9. Material Connection with Nature
10. Complexity & Order
C.) Nature of the space
E. Design is an online design service that Studio NousNous offers, mainly for smaller spaces inside and outside. Worldwide.
Because the entire design process is online and communication with client is by email. It gives opportunities to work together all over the world. There are no boundaries. Studio NousNous has been applying this process before Covid-19. We believe that clients, that just want to tackle that particular not-so-big space for years, also have to be able to receive a healthy "green" design for an affordable price.
1. No time restrictions. The space can come together at your chosen pace. Whether you want to run the space(s) at night or in 2 years from start to finish. You set the pace. Once the plan we designed is complete, it is in your hands. You decide whether to continue with our exact suggestions or use them as inspiration to find something else. You are in control.
2. It's relaxing + comfortable + non-intimidating. As soon as we correspond via email, you send the photos + dimensions of the space(s) you want to work on, completely at your leisure. No worries that every space is super clean or 'perfect'. There is no need to make an appointment. All contact is by mail.
3. It's affordable. Working with an designer is often considered very expensive and only for those with huge budgets, but that's not always true. When you work with us, you get the expertise of a well-trained, professional designer in a very affordable way. Partly because the entire process takes place online and via e-mail.
4. You do some of the work. You complete a detailed design questionnaire that provides all the necessary information to create the design idea. You also send photos and measurements of your chosen space. This reduces a significant amount of work that a conventional designer would normally do and charge for. We collect the information and research to create a unique space or spaces and you just have to run it and wait for the deliveries (furniture, materials, lightning, etc. etc.)!
5. It's an 'idea'. You only pay for an idea. The idea of the spaces(s) provides a "look" and the products are our suggestions. Some customers use some elements of the design; others buy all the recommended products, while others just want some inspiration. If you need custom-designed furniture, no problem! We deliver those drawings and presentations as well! That freedom is yours!