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According to the National Human Activity Pattern (NHAP) survey, we spend around 90% of our time indoors. And that percentage was estimated pre-COVID times. With the constant switch between partial and full lockdowns, we definitely have become more familiar with the ins and outs of the spaces we occupy. We had the honor to be approached by Angelita Scott, a previous Interior Design Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University. Her extensive background combines interior design, business communications, and nonprofit management. With over 20 years of experience in the design industry, Angelita believes that designers are an integral part of improving the human condition by restructuring spaces to fit the individual’s well-being. Throughout the years, her projects spanned the well-being and sustainability areas since she’s passionate about helping people and the community. She worked on a project that incorporates well-being in houses of stay-at-home mothers and another one that focused on the culture and architectural features in workplace design.
Angelita says, “Our homes are the first real environment we are exposed to” and discusses the changes happening as we spend more time in our houses. In fact, most interior designers and architects are currently considering the alterations that need to be made to adapt to the post-pandemic world. One key change is accounting for people’s collective health by designing spaces that are more sustainable and eco-friendly.
When outlining her projects, Angelita was focused on the holistic lifestyle, which incorporates the individual’s mind, body, soul, and emotions into their daily lives. Of course, that includes the origin of food people consume. She explains, “I was interested in what comes straight from the Earth, into the kitchen, and into our bodies.” She was thinking about how to combine people’s old ways of cultivating food with the modern technology utilized in the kitchen that fits their household culture. Fortunately, while doing research for one of her side businesses, she came across Natufia. Professor Angelita describes Natufia’s system as the perfect balance between beauty, sustainability, and technology, which sparked her interest in how Natufia embodies the kitchen-to-table concept and well-being.
These ideas gave birth to the project she assigned sophomore students in her Residential Interior Design course at Georgia Southern University. The project was to design a two-story home for a fictional multicultural couple that needs to highlight sustainability and incorporate the Natufia garden in their kitchen. As this was the students’ first time taking a studio class, their projects were not showcased. Gregory Lu, the CEO of Natufia, was invited to provide feedback on the kitchen space within the two-story house project. It was insightful for the students to hear from Gregory with his extensive background in the Natufia system and how it fits in the modern kitchen. Professor Angelita encourages her students to focus on evidence-based design, research that goes beyond just programming, to produce projects that are more credible for professionals and clients. Indeed, she found students who took the time to understand the Natufia product and how it integrates into the kitchen had more thoughtful designs.
Professor Angelita is passionate about how essential well-being is to sustainability. She adds, “Most sustainability efforts in design focus on the environment, but what about people’s health?” People’s health isn’t limited to just avoiding diseases; it is about thriving to live the most optimal life. Houses create who we are and how we show up as citizens. It is important to ask yourself, “What do I want my lifestyle to look like?” and start planning accordingly. If one is focused on health and nutrition, Professor Angelita recommends adding a budget-friendly gardening zone in the kitchen that can meet the individual’s needs. To make an even more functional kitchen, it is important to observe the way one cooks and which areas in that space they often visit.
TOP 3 trends in Kitchen Innovation Design
For Professor Angelita, the top three trends and innovations in the world of kitchen design are biophilic design (design focused on the importance of incorporating nature in people’s spaces), the separation of spaces in the house, and automation of the kitchen. Natufia’s sustainable and environmentally friendly design incorporates these three elements in a way that is both appealing to the viewers and conserving of essential nutrients.
Post-COVID home designs are adjusting to the well-being of the population. Whether it’s the bedroom, workplace, or kitchen, it is essential to incorporate elements that allow an individual to live their best life. Professor Angelitta and Natufia share a similar vision when it comes to design: sustainable, beautiful, and innovative. Natufia’s involvement with the course at Georgia Southern University allows early interior design students to start thinking about the importance of the modern kitchen. If your answer to “What do I want my lifestyle to look like?” is “I want to grow a healthy lifestyle” – then we promise that Natufia will make a remarkable contribution.
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