Natural Analogues

Natural Analogue Patterns focus on the organic, non-living and implied elements of nature in a space. These natural representations-the textures, aging processes, natural geometries, materials, colors, shapes, sequences and patterns found in the natural world-provide an indirect sense of the great outdoors. Using the gentle, ordered or complex art of nature in design elements such as textile patterns, artwork, furniture and surfaces, can trigger our biophilic human link to nature and therefore inspire a rich or perhaps subtle or subconscious sense of well-being. Terrapin Bright Green has found that greater biophilic connections are achieved by combining elements of the analogous patterns, which are:

8. Biomorphic Forms & Patterns – Symbolic representations within the design of the patterns, shapes, textures or numerical arrangements found in nature.



9. Material Connection with Nature – Using materials, grains, textures and elements in design that distinctly reflect the natural environment to create an overarching sense of the natural world.



10. Complexity & Order – An abstract but visually appealing concept that uses the rich sensory information of the symmetries, hierarchies and geometries found in nature.

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