Erin Johnson, Design Manager at Morgan, shares which furniture collections best exemplify a biophilic approach…
Biophilic design, which seeks to connect building occupants with the natural environment, is here to stay, with an emphasis is on sustainability and well-being. What better way to cultivate both than by connecting people to nature, no matter the space?
For Morgan, it starts with trees. The natural world drives so much of what we do, from our sustainability initiatives to many of its seating and table designs.
Below, Erin Johnson, Design Manager at Morgan, shares some of our top collections which draw inspiration from the great outdoors and can help bring some of that natural vitality inside.
This collection reflects its namesake, Lake Lugano in Switzerland, in the way the chair’s seat and body float within the frame which cradles them. Designed to embody the idea of nurture and being nurtured, Lugano balances a crafted timber frame with soft, enveloping upholstered elements.
The collection features a signature lounge chair, small lounge chair and dining chair, offering options to introduce embracing comfort into both dining and more relaxed environments.
Designer Rock Galpin designed Lugano with reducing environmental impact in mind. The chairs are comprised of three separate elements, which can be individually replaced or updated, avoiding the need for a complete product replacement.]
Moving south from the landlocked glacial lake, Kaya was inspired by the similarly named sacred forests along a vast stretch of the Kenyan Coast, reflecting the openness, honesty and purity of trees.
Comprising three lounge chairs and two dining chairs, the collection evokes an atmosphere of ‘komorebi’, the Japanese word for sunshine filtering through leaves, through an emphasis on space and light. Crafted timber frames create an airy aesthetic, complemented by a geometric back of small individual sections.
Sculpted, soft upholstery brings enveloping comfort to the strong timber frame for a feeling of relaxed luxury.
Comprising three lounge chairs and two dining chairs, Kaya delivers natural elegance for any project, from cosy reception or dining areas to spacious breakout areas and gallery spaces.
For those looking to incorporate modern and visually striking organic elements in their designs, Rio is a perfect fit. This collection of side and coffee tables and dining/meeting chairs stands out as Morgan’s first to include 3D printed components.
Designed in collaboration with studio Integrate, Rio features chair backs and table baskets constructed using a mathematical algorithm and printed in polyamide. The result is a sculptural, organic ‘lacework’.
A second generation of tables, launched in 2018, saw the addition of a more geometric and regular aesthetic with sharper angles, reminiscent of the way branches grow on trees.
Ideal for spacious environments, Kyoto is a system of intersecting benches inspired by Japanese gardens and bridges. The collection is available in 10 asymmetric, dual height configurations. Elegant, lengthy and minimalist, the seating brings to mind the towering bamboo of Arashiyama’s famous grove.
Table tops available in timber, glass or Carrara marble make this a functional and attractive solution for receptions, presentation areas and ad hoc meetings.
Last year saw the addition of seat pads to the collection, offering designers more versatility to incorporate the linear aesthetic by turning window sills, steps and other surface into seating areas.
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