Eindhoven – Design studio Enrichers aims to optimise people’s brains through carefully curated sensory environments.
The studio collaborated with a neuroscientist from the University of Cambridge to develop a methodology and understand how enrichment can be applied in human environments. Experiments in the field show that stimulating environments can drive increased synapse activity and make the brain more resistant to dementia. Research conducted on rodent brains also shows increased rates of neurogenesis – the development of new neural connections.
Drawing on this insight, Enrichers proposed a collection of objects that use tactile stimulation and dynamic surfaces to engage users. The Bambata water bench forces sitters to constantly change their position and responds to the movements of the person they are sharing the bench with, while the Elephunk work table features a perforated surface that is designed to foster tactile stimulation during brainstorms and group discussions.
The science around how the human brain responds to sensory stimuli is spreading from healthcare to product and interior design, as outlined in the Mood Manipulation section of our macrotrend The E-motional Economy. For more stories from Dutch Design Week, keep an eye on our Briefing and Shows sections.