Meet Biophillic Design

At Morrison Design House, our ethos is firmly rooted in the idea that every occupant of a home should have an increased connectivity to our natural environment. Good design, nature based design, is responsive and flexible; when done correctly - it will produce an array of emotional responses and beneficial physical consequences. With Maine as our inspiration, we rely on each season to captivate and energize. There is no better place to create this symbiotic relationship.



Reduced stress, enhanced creativity, increased mental clarity, increased healing, revitalization of our bodies and a sense of calm - these are just a few of the benefits found in biophillic design. With urbanization and technology marching forward with no signs of slowing down; our bodies and minds need a place of respite from all the noise. When shelter becomes a more connective, complex environment- which acts as a bridge between human and nature, a lasting relationship with the above mentioned benefits can begin.


In the beginning stages of our biophillic journey together; we will first identify the priorities of each user. Understanding the health and lifestyle wish list will create a pattern for the eventual design. Location of course, plays a huge part in this process. Suburban, urban and rural landscapes will all require a different approach. It’s important that we explore the anatomy of the landscape and how each person will utilize each and every desired space. While most clients interpret nature based design as a utilization of color and texture - it is far more complex than that. Artificial lighting, thermal environment and natural lighting are just a few of the components in biophillic design.

Image courtesy of  The Glass House

Image courtesy of The Glass House


Visual connection to nature is the backbone of biophillic design. The ability to showcase an environment in a way that exposes seasonal processes is hugely beneficial. This can be as simple as modifying a window and door package to maximize exposure. On the other hand, it is crucial that diffusion of light is considered in a way that allows each individual to easily modify light and shadows in a manner that occurs naturally. Establishing a thermal environment, which is a far more complex task, involves working with established professionals who understand the importance of air flow, surface temperatures and humidity. A good thermal environment should be comfortable and provide a sense of control. Material connections with nature serve aesthetic, emotional and physical value. They should have minimal processing, reflect the local ecology and provide a distinct sense of place. This can range from wall coverings to furniture.

From the initial stages of design - selection of mechanical systems, window package, etc. - all the way to the installation of furniture and accessories; we will ensure each element aids in the creation of a healthy and happy internal ecosystem. (that looks hella good as well)