The Living Bar at DENFAIR 2019 created in collaboration Adam Cornish and Junglefy | Photography: DENFAIR
The Living Bar at DENFAIR 2019 created in collaboration Adam Cornish and Junglefy | Photography: DENFAIR
Karpenter by SLH at DENFAIR 2019 with their Ki Rectangular Dining Table | Photography: DENFAIR
Scape by Tait. By designer Adam Goodrum at DENFAIR 2019 | Photography: DENFAIR

Better Biophilia at DENFAIR

Today’s perpetually plugged-in population seek spaces more aligned with our natural world, and as we saw at DENFAIR 2019, biophilic design comes in many forms and approaches.

In collaboration with Melbourne-based designer, Adam Cornish, living structure specialists Junglefy created two memorable installations at the show. The first, entitled the Living Bar, demonstrated how we might better connect with and experience greenery within our built environment. The cocktail menu was designed in tandem with the bar itself, with key botanical and herbal ingredients cultivated in the months leading up to the exhibition. These flowering and fragrant plants were then used to clad the structure, and picked to order for the cocktails served. The immersive bar experience became a space which responded to its purpose, changing in appearance while ingredients were harvested.

On the concourse, the second installation entitled Clean Air, created a compelling visual of the abundant health benefits of including plants within an enclosed space. As the clear box filled with smoke it was filtered out almost instantaneously, using only plants.

The Ki Dining Table Karpenter by SLH pays homage to the the bold timber structures found in traditional Japanese carpentry. Made of recycled teak, the table itself promotes environmentally sensitive practice. Fitting then, that its name, Ki, refers to the Chinese and Japanese word for tree.

Some conceptualise the outdoors in an understated way, taking a cue from our rugged, untamed landscape. Case in point, the new Scape outdoor seating system by Tait and Adam Goodrum launched at DENFAIR 2019 to great acclaim, featuring robust engineered concrete forms, a contemporary iteration of weather-worn coastal boulders.

A pared back material palette is a popular and effective strategy in the pursuit of a nature-filled space. While bathrooms can typically be void of porous organic elements, Wood Melbourne’s collection of timber-accented concrete basins adds an unexpectedly tactile fixture to wet areas.

Looking for a zero maintenance way to incorporate greenery into a tricky spot? Easygreen Interior have found a way to preserve real plants, so that their lush appeal remains even in totally underlit places where live greenery might not otherwise thrive. With a selection of reindeer moss, available in a range of quirky colours, and leafy green walls, this intriguing solution brings natural texture to interior decor, and lasts without water for up to 20 years.

Wondering how some of Australia’s leading designers evoke a sense of nature and integrate environmentally considerate process into their practice?Check out Design, Waste and the Circular Economy, a discussion led by Tamsin O’Neill of Green Magazine, featuring Vanessa Katsanevakis of Sussex Taps, Adele Winteridge of Foolscap Studio, and Dean Baird and Karryn Dargie of IN-TERIA. Get up to speed with our written recap or view the full talk here.