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Elina Grigoriou

Following a decade of research, the co-founder of Grigoriou Interiors has launched a practical guide on designing spaces that boost wellbeing


The publishing wing of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, Design and Value in Practice – a book authored by London-based interior designer Elina Grigoriou.

Described as a practical guide on “how the design of interior spaces impacts wellbeing,” the book – according to RIBA’s description – explores how the “design of interior spaces can impact on wellbeing, enabling interior designers and project teams to understand how specific decisions about sustainable design and materials can be implemented on a day to day basis .”

According to Grigoriou – the founding director of Grigoriou Interiors – the book is the result of more than a decade of research and was inspired by a series of talks on evidence-based design for wellbeing.

“With standards such as the WELL Standard coming increasingly into discussion and becoming an objective for developers, buildings should not only be functional but aim to be ‘healthier’– sustainable places of wellbeing, with fewer stress factors,” said Grigoriou.

“Temperature, noise level and colour, factors that are able to influence our stress levels, should be three big considerations,” the author said.

“We as designers should ask ourselves: What does the interior need to do? What is my objective? Do these things match up?”

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