Design Trendspotting: Biophilic Design

Design Trendspotting: Biophilic Design

It shouldn’t be surprising given that most of us spent the spring cooped up in our homes, but we’re seeing a blossoming of new interest in biophilic design. 

What is biophilic design? Biophilic design is a design approach that seeks to incorporate nature into our spaces. It’s been on the rise in recent years thanks to its purported health benefits: studies have shown that incorporating elements like plant life and water features into our indoor spaces can boost mental and physical wellbeing. Many also point to the environmental benefits of such features, as well: indoor plants help to improve air quality, while features like green roofs help reduce the urban heat island effect.

Biophilic design elements can usually be found in the form of light, air, water, or plants. We see everything from living walls or leaf-patterned wallpaper to buildings that mimic natural shapes in their structure. 

When integrating biophilic design into our grilles, we think about the patterns that exist throughout nature, such as symmetries, spirals, and tessellations. One such pattern is the crystal. 

Found in snowflakes, diamonds, and even table salt, the atoms or molecules in a crystalline solid have a highly ordered structure that forms a crystal lattice. It is this complexity that we attempted to capture in our Crystal Perforated Grille, one of the newest additions to our collection of perforated grille designs.

Designed for optimal air flow capacity and ventilation needs, this pattern of crystals certainly brings nature inside. 

Here at ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE, we stay ahead of design trends so that we can provide our clients with metalwork that meets their needs, from grilles to custom pieces. We love it when a client finds a pattern within our vast array of grille designs that perfectly complements their current project, but if the perfect pattern doesn’t exist, we can surely create it. Questions about custom grille designs? Contact us or, if you know what you’re looking for, request a quote.


Photos by: Mike MarquezchuttersnapMaddi BazzoccoJudah GuttmannMinh Pham, and Kali Neri from Unplash.