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British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been looking into new, innovative ways people can enhance a space with plants and other biophilic elements.

While plants have become a popular décor option for homes, they can also function well in offices and workspaces. Heatherwick’s architecture and design firm has zeroed in on the biophilic design trend, with the hopes of increasing its functionality.

“It seemed to me that there was an intuitive side missing in the ways that cities were being made,” Heatherwick explained in an interview with Elle Décor magazine. “I’d never heard of the word biophilia back then. But the more we researched it, the more I understood that it’s not just about being green; the natural world offers a richness, variety and sensorial dimension that our humanity needs.”

Click here to read Thomas Heatherwick’s full interview.

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