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Color Beyond Aesthetics: The Psychology of Green in Interior Spaces

How many changes have you done to your interior space during this past year? Whether it was a change of furniture layout, repainting the walls, adding more light fixtures or perhaps even removing them, after spending so much time in one place, the space you were once used to didn’t make sense anymore. We could blame the overall situation for how we’ve been feeling lately, but as a matter of fact, the interior environment plays a huge role in how we feel or behave as well. However, if you were wondering why some neighbors seem much more undisturbed and serene even in the midst of a pandemic, it could be because the interior is greener on the other side.

Green 26 / Anonym. Image © Chaovarith PoonpholCultural Activity of Beijing Guang'anmennei Community / MAT Office. Image © Kangshuo TangOttoman | Footstool Outdoor Complete Item by Ligne Roset on Architonic. Image Courtesy of Ligne RosetArtwork | Deco_01 by FLORIM on Architonic. Image Courtesy of FLORIM+ 26

Interior renovation of an apartment in Les Corts / Sergi Pons

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Children's Scale: A Brief History of Kid's Furniture

Montessori Kindergarten in Xiamen / L&M DesignPhoto: 1931, Kaunas, Lithuania. Two children working on reading/writing words at Maria Varnienė's Children's House. The child on the left is Stasys Ragaišis, who later became a medical doctor.. Image via @montistory101Mi Casita Preschool and Cultural Center / BAAO + 4Mativ Design Studio. Image © Lesley UnruhPeter Keler - Puppenwagen, 19xx. Image via Wikimedia+ 53

Children's furniture is all furniture –fixed or mobile– that is designed according to the ergonomic guidelines and anatomical dimensions of children specifically. Following this definition, we can identify two types of furniture: (1) those that facilitate a relationship between the caregiver and the child, and (2) those that allow the child to use them independently.

The big difference between these two types is that the first has dimensions that mainly adapt to the ergonomics of the adult, while the second is designed to meet the ergonomic needs of the child at each stage of their development. Since the growth of children occurs relatively quickly, it is common for the furniture of this second group to be multifunctional or even extendable.

Brazilian Interiors: 8 Projects with Flexible Furniture

When designing in times of quick and constant transformations, one must keep a close eye on the surge of new demands, and one must design spaces that embrace such mutability.

Flexible furniture is a reflection of this contemporary behavior because they can be moved around easily, they have great adaptability, and because they can perform different functions in a single piece. These pieces enable several different layouts, being able to adjust their shape according to specific requirements and changes, which helps optimizing interiors.

Consolação Apartment / Canoa Arquitetura. Image @Rafaela NettoHigienópolis Apartment / Teresa Mascaro. Image @Pedro MascaroAndradas Apartment / OCRE arquitetura. Image @Cristiano BauceViadutos Apartment / Vão. Image @Rafaela Netto+ 9

We have selected eight Brazilian projects that combine versatility and flexibility in furniture design.

Brazilian Interiors: Projects with Interior Gardens

During times of isolation, many people have been talking about the importance of greenery in indoor spaces as a way to nourish our vital relationship with nature. These touches of green can contribute to the well-being and emotional comfort of users, whether in homes or commercial spaces.

Besides this psychological connection, a well-designed indoor garden can also help to purify the air and provide thermal comfort to the environment. 

Legal Practice Center / Unileão / Lins Arquitetos Associados. Image © Joana FrançaMipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson KonSibipirunas House / Studio Otto Felix. Image © Denilson Machado – MCA EstúdioIT’S Biofilia Office / IT'S Informov. Image © Alexandre Oliveira – Jafo Fotografia+ 11

Life Meets Art: Inside the Homes of the World's Most Creative People

An inspiring collection of the extraordinary private spaces of 250 of the world's most creative people, past and present.

Edit Napoli, First Onsite Fair for 2020 in Italy, Highlights Independent Designers and Territoriality

The second edition of EDIT Napoli, dedicated to independent designers, ran from 16 to 18 October 2020, in Naples, Italy. The first onsite fair of the country during this pandemic era was created by curators Domitilla Dardi, design curator of the MAXXI museum in Rome, Architecture sector, and Emilia Petruccelli, buyer and entrepreneur, in collaboration with the Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo del Comune di Napoli.

EDIT Napoli 2020_Margherita Rui ©Serena Eller Vainicher. Image Courtesy of EDIT Napoli 2020EDIT Napoli 2020_cortile Complesso e corner by Giuliano Andrea Dell'Uva ©Serena Eller. Image Courtesy of EDIT Napoli 2020EDIT Napoli 2020_Laboratorio Morseletto_Aline Asmar D'Amman - Culture in Architecture_The Memory of Stones - Memory I - Memory III - Memory II ©Marco Zorzanello. Image Courtesy of EDIT Napoli 2020Teatro di San Carlo_Foscarini e Moroso ©Serena Eller Vainicher. Image Courtesy of EDIT Napoli 2020+ 22

Pikler Pedagogy in Architecture: Wooden Furniture and Spatial Freedom

Emmi Pikler was a Hungarian pediatrician who introduced, in the years after World War II, a new philosophy on early childhood care and learning for children up to the age of 3. It was after the birth of her first child that she began to question: what happens when a child is allowed to develop freely? The observed results culminated in the introduction of a new methodology.

The Pikler approach facilitates the free development of children by caring for their physical health and providing affection but largely respecting their individuality and autonomy. Following this logic, intervention by adults becomes mostly unnecessary. Rather, for the child to experience space while moving freely, certain care must be taken in the preparation of the environments themselves.

Strategies to Improve Study Spaces at Home

Peach Arquitetura e Design / Peach. Image © Haruo MikamiResidência para Quatro / Harry Thomson. Image © Lenny CoddCasa Blank / HAO Design. Image Cortesia de Hey! CheeseApartamento RMP / Triplex Arquitetura. Image © Ricardo Bassetti+ 23

In early 2020, along with the implementation of worldwide social isolation measures, we published several articles in order to help our readers increase productivity and comfort in their home offices. After months of continued isolation, surveys show that more than 80% of professionals want to continue working from home even after quarantine ends. In addition, a good number of companies are similarly satisfied with current work practices, showing a high tendency to adopt this practice indefinitely, since the majority of companies observed that remote work was as or more productive than face-to-face work.

However, with respect to children and home studying during the pandemic, the result was not as positive. One of the main reasons for this difference is that it can be difficult to get students to concentrate and motivate themselves for a long time in front of screens. Lack of physical interaction with other children is also a contributing factor. Yet until the global situation improves, it is likely that the return to schools will continue to be postponed. With this situation in mind, we decided to share in this article a series of efficient strategies to transform study spaces at home into better spaces for learning.

Hinges and Slides: Mobile Mechanisms to Take Advantage of Tiny Spaces

At the 2014 Venice Biennale, celebrated architect and curator Rem Koolhaas chose an unusual curatorial theme. Rather than exploring the major issues that plague modern society or their manifestations in the profession of architecture, the event's theme, "Fundamentals," and its main exhibition, "Elements of Architecture," examined in detail the bare fundamentals of buildings, simple elements used by everyday architects for everyday designs. According to Koolhaas, “Architecture is a profession trained to put things together, not to dismantle them. Only by looking at the elements of architecture under a microscope can we recognize cultural preferences, technological advances, changes triggered by the intensification of global exchange, climatic adaptations, local norms and, somewhere in the mix, the architect's ideas that constitute the practice of architecture today.”

Interior Design Trends That Will Shape the Next Decade

Interiors are taking center stage in 2020, as more people are spending more time at home. Architects and designers are increasingly aware of their responsibility in improving their clients’ well-being and even helping them in the prevention of diseases, as they search for the best solutions for their interior design projects.

ArchDaily’s featured monthly topic for March was dedicated to Interiors and the articles related to this topic accumulated over 1 million pageviews, surpassing by 240% the number of pageviews achieved in other months in the same semester.

Improving the Educational Environment with the Reggio Emilia Approach

Redbridge School / ARX Portugal Arquitetos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SGCreche Leimond-Shonaka / Archivision Hirotani Studio. Image © Noriko MomoiKindergarten in Guastalla / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Moreno MaggiCentro Infantil El Guadual / Daniel Joseph Feldman Mowerman + Iván Dario Quiñones Sanchez. Image © Ivan Dario Quiñones Sanchez+ 48

The Reggio Emilia Approach was created in the post-WWII period at the initiative of widowed mothers and under the coordination of journalist and educator Loris Malaguzzi. In a time of postwar urban reconstruction, the group's primary concern was the formation of new schools, where they wanted to create a peaceful, welcoming, and cheerful environment, with a domestic atmosphere where children could stay while their mothers worked. Understanding the children's interests and providing a suitable environment for exploration and experimentation is one of the focal points of this pedagogy. The creation of a safe and stimulating environment is so fundamental that, in much literature, it appears as a third teacher.

Neuroarchitecture Applied in Children's Design

Jardim de Infância SP / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji InoueEscola Nía / Sulkin Askenazi. Image © Aldo C. GraciaPlayville Day Care / NITAPROW. Image © Ketsiree WongwanBiblioteca da Escola Umbrella / Savana Lazaretti Arquitetura e Design Sensorial. Image © Renata Salles+ 21

It is unquestionable that environments directly influence the behavior and emotions of their users. Human beings spend approximately 90% of their lives indoors, making it imperative that the spaces we inhabit stimulate positive behavior and emotions, or at least don't influence us negatively. There exists a specific term describing the stimuli that the brain receives from its environment: neuroarchitecture. Several studies have been published on this topic, most focusing on its impact on work environments. This article approaches this concept through a different, yet essential lens: emphasizing its importance in the design of spaces for children in early childhood.

Reused and Recycled Materials in 10 Interior Design Projects

Recycling and reusing in civil engineering is extremely important, especially when considering the amounts of waste production and energy consumption involved in the processes related to the construction site. Creating construction elements by re-designing the role of old objects or materials represents an objective approach to upcycling, as a path towards a more sustainable and responsible future.

Fuelle Roga House / OMCM arquitectos. Image: © Leonardo MéndezReady-made Apartment / azab. Image: © Luis Diaz DiazHouse of the Flying Beds / AL BORDE. Image: © JAG StudioUpcycle House / Lendager Arkitekter. Image: © Jesper Ray+ 11

Brazilian Interiors: 11 Designs with Indoor Vegetation

Salvador Apartment / Tria Arquitetura. Image: © Fran Parente
Salvador Apartment / Tria Arquitetura. Image: © Fran Parente

Interior design is a fundamental piece in creating an ambiance and complementing the architectural qualities of a residential project. It can either reinforce or subvert aspects of a building, create its own narratives within the rooms and also define the living spaces. Whether in renovations or designs started from scratch, creating interiors requires an understanding of the purposes and dynamics of those who will occupy the spaces. It brings architecture closer to a day to day level, in its most intimate form when it comes to housing programs.

House in Caiobá / Aleph Zero. Image: © Pedro KokIbirapuera Apartment / Casa14 Arquitetura. Image: © Maira AcayabaMLA House / Jacobsen Arquitetura. Image: © Leonardo FinottiFLO Apartment / Marina Portolano Arquitetura + Flavia Torres Arquitetura. Image: © Maíra Acayaba+ 12

"The Room": Students Explore Indoor Life During Pandemic Through Drawing

The work presented in this article is the outcome of drawings done by the students of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in their second-semester studio, conducted by Alfredo Thiermann (ThiermannCruz). The work was produced during a 6-week long period of distance-learning after the school was shut down at the beginning of March.

Drawing by Simina Marin. 5-bedroom apartment transformed into individual student dormitory. Cambridge, USA.Drawing by Simina Marin. College living space turned into temporary storage facility. Cambridge, USA.Drawing by Simina Marin. Underground tunnel connecting several buildings in university campus. Cambridge, USA.Drawing by Simina Marin. College living space turned into temporary storage facility. Cambridge, USA+ 40

Nature Within: 17 Projects With Indoor Trees

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© Favaro Jr.

Architects have long explored the concept of integrating interior and exterior, smoothing out the physical and visual boundaries in an attempt to bring the landscape into the architecture. However, when visiting the site to develop the project, two distinct scenarios may appear: an urban terrain, lacking a view, or natural elements; or a green area with trees and bushes, for example. In the latter case, many projects rely on the on-site location of each tree to accommodate the architectural design, respecting them, and creating new views, through patios and connecting them with the new landscape design. However, based on studies of the species and their size, it is increasingly common for these trees to be incorporated into the interior space, either partially or completely enclosed.