At Studio NousNous we consider ourselves stewards of the Earth. We believe that every human being has a gift given from God. Use that gift to connect with the Creator and be a "caretaker of planet Earth". Our gift at Studio NousNous, is being blessed with a high dose of creativity and a strong spatial awareness. We use our gift to design Nature inspired; architecture, public spaces, parcs & gardens, tiny houses, interiors, furniture & objects ...

ABOUT STUDIO NOUSNOUS
  • BIOPHILIC DESIGN

    With our biophilic design methodology we like to contribute to a more sustainable world. Remind and reconnect humans with nature again. We make a beautiful design that fits your brief and intertwine it with the biophilic principles. Research results suggest that physically and psychologically reconnecting with nature can be beneficial for human health and wellbeing, and at the same time encourages individuals to act in ways which protect the health of the planet and its biodiversity.

  • ONLINE E.DESIGN

    What is ideal for clients who live both near and far and want the experience of a qualified design studio for an affordable price? E.Design. With this service we want to service humanity at every social class. This is a service for a more tailored design, more focused on single spaces. Giving you the controle over shopping for your space at your own pace. And what's even better? The entire process is done online, with concepts, moodboards, shopping list, design straight into your inbox.

  • LEAF+LAB RESEARCH

    With LEAF+LAB we research + generate “green” concepts on different design scale as an engine for encouraging sustainable behaviour. When designing for sustainable behaviour it is fundamental to gain a thorough understanding, of user habits and interaction behaviours, as well as how these contribute to people’s everyday activities. It is not enough to understand what people do and think, one must also understand what people know, feel, and dream about.

What is Studio NousNous ?

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

2. Interiors

3. Tiny Houses

4. Gardens & Parcs

5. Public Spaces

6. Placemaking

7. Nature Prints & Patterns

What is Biophilic Design ?

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.

Creating a healthy space ?

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

11. Prospect

12. Refuge

13. Mystery

14. Risk/Peril

The benefits of E.Design ?

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. That freedom is yours!