Wellbeing design is a practice which recognizes the person as a whole taking into consideration every single aspect of the human makeup: physical, emotional, mental, social, intellectual, and spiritual as well as the influencing factors. This holistic approach allows me to co-create ideal spaces for individuals and families.
The impact of a space designed following Wellbeing Design guidelines can be immediate and is easy to sustain. It could bring joy to people as soon as they step into a room, help people start and maintain a healthy habit, improve family ties and intimacy, help increase focus, productivity, and creativity, and help people relax and have a deep and restful sleep.
For specific needs such as depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, SAD, mobility issues, ageing, etc.… this mindful design can also provide the supportive physical environment that nurtures and support healing and recovery.
There are many elements that I apply, and I would like to mention the most commonly used and impactful:
Connections to nature are integral to our wellbeing; not only are we invigorated when we are immersed in natural environments, but studies have revealed many benefits to the physical and mental health of those who have regular, meaningful contact with natural elements and processes.
Considering we spend 90% of our time indoors, integrating nature and its elements indoors allow us to continue our current lifestyle while strengthening our connection to the natural world.
Integrating Nature go beyond adding plants or a living wall, to more complex practice that involves considering and tastefully blending every natural ingredient and processes that contributes to health and wellness.
The benefits of natural light are not debatable. Good design maximizes natural light in interior spaces; however, when design faces limitations, alternative lighting combinations and innovative technology can compensate, and even approach, the benefits of full spectrum illumination. Colour temperature, colour renderings, functions, age of users, and moods desired are some factors we consider in this design process.
Colours affect our emotions, energy level, and to some extent the way we react to events. By understanding this impact, we develop colour palettes to enhance people’s experiences and serve specific requirements, in addition to aesthetics. The right colours and combinations can boost energy, enhance mood and focus, and increase feelings of belonging and connectedness. Misused, colour can elicit feelings of loneliness, agitation, boredom, or other negative emotions.
Air quality is an element that cannot be ignored as it can impact our physical and consequently mental health. my recommendations contribute to healthy air quality through mindful selection of products that avoid introducing toxins and pollutants, and that emphasize natural materials. I may also provide recommendations for equipment, methods, or experts to improve and maintain a toxin free air flow.
Meeting Needs Beyond The Basics
The obligations of contemporary life have shifted the issues to which our homes must respond. Our need to be efficient, focused, and creative, to rejuvenate and have fun, to maintain healthy habits, to strengthen family ties, to improve intimacy, to accommodate all members of blended families, to address the complexities of multi-generational families in the western world, and to meet the needs of an ageing generation, are the new basics. Design should address all of these in different proportions, depending on the client's requirements and the users’ circumstances.
Authenticity and uniqueness are important ingredients for a nurturing environment. Making every space distinctively reflect people’s true sense of beauty and core values is crucial to strengthening feelings of belonging, home and inner connectedness.
Through the 3-part Exploration & Discovery Process, I delve into the heart of every client and project's authenticity and highlight this truth through unique solutions.
Our efforts to live better cannot ignore living sustainably. Sustainability has two facets: environmental sustainability and economic sustainability. Being surrounded by products and materials means breathing the air they interact with. Green products have less impact on our health and on the earth.
Economic sustainability involves reusing and repurposing objects to reduce waste, the need to manufacture and purchase the new. Whether we fix or repurpose objects we have, or we buy used items or antiques, we are taking an active part in the environmental and socio-economical sustainability.
You can choose where you'd like to put your efforts no matter how little you start; everything matters. From reducing waste, decreasing energy consumption, using green products, and repurposing, to creating a high quality multifunctional flexible space that lasts; every approach further supports the shift towards a sustainable and healthy life
Inclusivity & Accessibility
Our ageing population is on the rise. Whether it’a about creating a beautiful and safe place in which to live with ease during the senior years, or accommodate current needs for oneself or a loved one, I seamlessly integrate the latest barrier-free technology to respond to mobility, limitations, and sensory needs without compromising aesthetics and the feeling of home. I take into consideration all aspects of wellbeing and offer design solutions that improve the quality of life.