As biophilic design and eco-inspired interiors continue to trend, Caroline Carsey reminds us of the beautiful power Mother Nature provides.
Walking through nature is like breathing to me. It is something I need to thrive and survive. It clears away the fog that sometimes seeps into my mind and acts as an overwhelming, beautiful and powerful reminder that I make up a very small part of something much larger. Reminding me that there is a much bigger picture and agenda than my own little bubble.
Being able to feel the earth on your feet has never been more important than it is right now. Since the pandemic hit and lockdown was enforced, that initial hour of exercise time was so precious. I ached for more and as soon as restrictions were lifted, long walks were planned.
Whilst walking through the South Downs a few weeks ago, I again felt overwhelmed with what Mother Nature is capable of. Tall, imposing canopies providing shade and shelter, revealing flickers of brilliant sunlight through the gaps. Shadows dancing with the wind across the gravel. Rich tones of greens, yellows, blues, purples and browns complimenting their neighbours perfectly and providing pops of colour. A long and winding track with promises of the unknown. Minds instantly cleared and moods lifted.
Nature provides space. Space to breathe. To think. To reflect. To get creative. To get inspired. Inspiration from nature is reflected in every aspect of the civilised world and has helped solve problems for centuries. Examining the design of nature has aided the development of buildings, bridges, materials and medicine. Experts continue to study the complex structures found in nature to create sustainable and efficient products and processes for our homes and lives. This is easy to see in both office buildings and peoples homes, from living walls, to ‘beach’ or ‘plant’ inspired interiors, to natural materials like wood, wicker and bamboo being favoured over man-made. We want to bring the outside in. To continue the joy and inspiration the outside brings to us in the comfort of our own homes and work spaces.
Natures transient and evolving persona is what makes it so inspirational and why we, as mere humans, are constantly turning to it to work out what to do next. Textures, spaces, shapes, patterns, clever design solutions, medical remedies, therapy and interior inspiration, Mother Nature gives it all, like a true selfless mother; and we, her children, take from her greedily. Maybe its time to stop and think about what we could do for her?
“Being surrounded by nature is like therapy to me and I feel very lucky to have travelled for long stints and shorter ones. Seeing different, expanding and breath-taking landscapes is incredibly humbling and at times overwhelming. I hope I never stop exploring – both at home and further afield – and that places, people and experiences continue to enrich my life.” – Caroline Carsey
All photos credited to Caroline Carsey.