Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Charlotte Bronte, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Agatha Christie. What do all these writers have in common (besides producing seminal works of literature)?
Each of them famously used beautifully crafted, much-loved wooden desks to create their great works – desks that are still around for us to admire today. Christie and Coleridge used large, regal, heavy desks with multiple drawers, while Hemingway opted for a standing desk. Dickens’ rather more humble desk sold for an incredible $890,000 at an auction in 2008.
The point is that gorgeous wood has always been an important element in the creation of some the world’s great literature. It was always there. And now we are beginning to further understand and appreciate how a theme of wood in our design surroundings can be a contributing factor in getting the creative juices flowing.
Recent studies have shown that working in an environment where wood is prominent can foster productivity and workplace harmony. We can expand this to say that wood can be a true catalyst for creativity, imaginative thinking and innovative approaches to project management and professional life.
One study, by Pollinate, Wellness + Wood = Productivity, produced a number of enlightening results. In particular, by utilising biophilic design – the incorporation into design of natural elements such as wood, with the aim of contributing to health and wellbeing – productivity levels can be increased by up to 15 percent.
Biophilic design can have a major influence on creativity as well. Here’s how…