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organic design: natural shapes turned into objects

in biophilic design

Organic shapes are what biophilic design would call biomorphic forms – namely shapes that imitate natural forms.

Organic shapes are naturally inviting as they seem to wrap us in a warm hug. And using them in interiors comes with interesting benefits…

organic shapes and wellbeing

Numerous studies have found that exposure to the variety of shapes, forms and sounds in nature is beneficial to our health.

Speaking of shapes in particular, it has been proven that humans have an innate preference for organic shapes, which help to reduce stress and enhance concentration (Joye, Y. (2007)).

organic shapes in interior design

Imitating natural forms, organic shapes are examples of natural analogues in biophilic design. They can also be used to recreate nature’s ordered complexity, introducing fractal patterns in the design of interiors.

So let’s now look at a selection of organic designs inspired by 3 natural shapes: rocks, branches and leaves.


Credit: John Salzarulo
Coffee tables with a pebble-like shape.
Credit: Casamania
Felt rug which looks like a pebbled surface.
Credit: Fluss Design


Credit: Zach Reiner
Round dining table with branch-shaped legs.
Credit: Calligaris
Faucet with a branch-like shape.
Credit: AXOR


Leaf-shapes hanging chair.
Credit: Studio Stirling

Bringing nature indoors is much more than using plants in interiors. Organic design is another way of recalling the natural world indoors, recreating the wellbeing benefits of natural environments and contributing to more engaging and healthier interior spaces.

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