WELL-BEING: THE CONTRIBUTION OF NEUROARCHITECTURE TO HABITAT AND CONTRACT ENVIRONMENTS
Mobboli is a young brand of designer furniture, with a fresh, contemporary and sustainable product concept, especially seating aimed at habitat and contract, whose origin comes from the office furniture sector under the brand “delaoliva”, focused on workspaces, spaces that have undoubtedly undergone a spectacular change in recent years, in which as manufacturers of office seating it is backed by a long history and experience. Today workspaces have left the offices to invade any other environment, coworkings, hotels, common and collaborative areas, or home-office, so that the experience of well-being and ergonomics of the working environment, which beyond well-being focuses on happiness, can and should be exported to environments aimed at the habitat and contract. There is no doubt that spaces affect people’s state of mind, influencing their wellbeing and happiness, something that coworking and a new philosophy of work have already highlighted.
In relation to neuroarchitecture and its contribution to the habitat and contract environments, the WELL-BEING of the individual and the way in which each seat can contribute to this well-being is integrated and added to the design of the interior space itself. The design of spaces and the design of products that coexist in that space must focus on people. It is essential that the guest of a hotel or the resident of a residence,… feels comfortable in the environment they occupy because this provides wellbeing and wellbeing is health: physical and mental.
Mobboli tries to contribute to this well-being through ergonomics linked to comfort and convenience, and through emotions intimately linked to the sensation of liking design, shapes, colours, textures, which design and create a certain environment. Ergonomics is based on standards and comfort studies that can be evaluated externally in a quantitative way. But emotions and the well-being they produce in the mind are studied by neuroscience in a more complex and novel way.
As creators of furniture for habitat and contract, the potential use of the product is a key factor for the interior designer, and therefore a flexible offer that allows each product to be personalised and adapted to each environment is essential, as is presenting multipurpose products and collections that coexist with each other in a natural and friendly way. We must offer the interior designer and the client tools that allow them to improve wellbeing through differentiated interior design to create unique and healthy spaces, in accordance with each project and each dream, with the possibility of choosing and playing with the product so that it is almost exclusive to each project through its customization. The infinity of finishes offered by Mobboli in metallic paint colours, lacquered wood, laminates and upholstery allows for an endless number of combinations chosen for each idea and project by the interior architect in line with the client’s expectations.
Neuroarchitecture studies the effect that a space generates in the individual who inhabits it, something fundamental for example in the design of a hotel as a way to attract, select and retain each guest. But neuroarchitecture, its research and studies not only focus on the guest or the user, but on the entire human community that interacts with this space: operational employees, administrative staff, property, user, suppliers,… The design of well-being is a joint movement to achieve psychological and emotional comfort by studying the interconnection of the environment with the state of mind of the individual, of all those who inhabit it in one way or another.
Furniture design plays with shapes and geometries to interact with the individual and influence their emotional well-being, for example, curved and friendly geometries invite a state of calmness in the user and a welcoming atmosphere that satisfies a relaxing and healthy lifestyle. Soft shapes encourage creativity and flexibility. Angular shapes encourage alertness, order, discipline. At Mobboli we are lovers of soft, curved shapes that envelop and embrace the user and this is what the designers who collaborate with the brand, such as Arnau Reyna with the armchairs and chairs of the PEACH collection, A.G. de Vicuña with the collection of chairs and armchairs of the PEACH collection, A.G. de Vicuña with the ODEI chair collection; Yonoh with the armchairs and poufs of the ALPE collection; Ximo Roca who combines comfort and functionality with absolute mastery in the chairs and stools of the HUG and CAP collections; or the Mobboli studio itself with curved, enveloping collections such as the CHELSEA chairs or circular ones such as the tables and poufs of the UP collection or the MOMMO armchairs themselves, which are embraced by their curved structure.
Colours and textures are also factors related to emotional wellbeing and have been the subject of research into neuroarchitecture. Colour influences the brain, emotions, decisions and behaviour of people. As manufacturers and creators of furniture, we must put at the service of interior designers and designers of spaces a wide range of colours and finishes that allow them to choose, as a necessary tool to address their objectives, which can be very diverse in each client and in each environment: beach, mountain, business, leisure,… the environments and users that each hotel, each restaurant or each project welcomes are very diverse, and colours and textures influence the sensations and emotions of people, being an important tool at the service of interior architecture. Without forgetting their functionality, people must always be at the centre of the design and we make use of the popular saying: “there are colours to suit every taste”.
Colours that are part of natural environments, such as greens, blues, yellows, oranges, have positive and healthy effects on people’s well-being. Shades of green that resemble nature in spaces even reduce heart rate and stress. Red tones stimulate attention and concentration. Blues help creativity,… But also pure colours such as ecru, mink, beige, terra,… combined with achromatic colours (white, grey and black) are usually the great ally of interior designers to obtain healthy and relaxing spaces in neutral, timeless tones, which are allied with natural textures such as cotton, linen,… In other words, the way in which colours are used is not only a matter of taste, but also influences the behaviour, mood and creativity of the individual.
Finally, sustainability is a necessity, it is nowadays equivalent to well-being and comfort, for an architecture and for a user that is increasingly committed, not only through the use of natural, recyclable and recycled materials, reduction of the carbon footprint, and the presentation of eco-designed products, it goes beyond this.
We tend to think of sustainability from a purely ecological point of view, but the truth is that sustainability is based on an economic and social part that contributes to the common good of users, inhabitants, interior designers and customers. Economic sustainability because, for example, an eco-designed product must necessarily seek a saving of limited resources with efficient and respectful consumption, correct and respectful recycling, and of course, social sustainability because a long useful life of the product entails presenting quality and timeless products, which allow them to last over time and extend their useful life. In addition to offering spare parts and solutions at the service of interior design professionals and the customer. Sustainability therefore refers to a social, ecological and economic concept that revolves around the relationship between the environment and people. Sustainability seeks to achieve a balance between economic growth, care for the environment and social well-being.
The objectives of sustainable architecture are to achieve energy and economic savings, incorporating materials that are not harmful to our health, but also to responsibly design and build spaces adapted to people’s needs. The idea behind sustainability, in general terms, is that human beings must be able to satisfy their present needs while taking into account future generations. This means respecting the health of the planet as a whole.
Briefly, there must be a connection between the mind and the space that improves the well-being and happiness of the individual who inhabits that space through interior design, and the furniture that occupies and is arranged in that space is an unquestionable and essential ally at the service of the interior designer and the client who contributes to that Well being. It is therefore a milestone for habitat design to improve the lives of its inhabitants by offering simplicity, coherence and environmental responsibility. The studies provided by neuroarchitecture, which have a great impact on the design of a hotel and on the objectives pursued, are of great help.
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