Coalesse and Sagegreenlife: Working Towards Better Office Life

Guest speaker Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green

In honor of Earth Day and in light of the rapidly growing trend of biophilic design, CoalesseSagegreenlife and Forward Space celebrated green living in the workplace, hosting an Earth Day event at Chicago-based Steelcase dealership Forward Space (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 614).

Coalesse – a creator of furnishings for the modern workplace that bring new life to work – and Sagegreenlife – a leading designer and manufacturer of interior and exterior living green walls –welcomed top Chicago architects and designers interested in learning more about biophilia and its effect on how we live.

Guest speaker Bill Browning, sustainable design advocate and cofounder of Terrapin Bright Green, shared his research-backed insights on the incredible benefits of bringing living design into workplaces.

Key takeaways from Browning’s presentation:

  • Increases productivity: Nature plays a critical role in allowing the mind to fall into a state of soft fascination, lowering cortisol levels and increasing productivity.
  • Reduces stress: The biodiverse plant life within Sagegreenlife’s walls is processed by the brain as a habitat, which helps reduce stress and increase cognitive capabilities.
  • Saves Money: Investing in employees and their well-being, through the addition of biophilic design in the workplace, generates a significantly larger return on investment compared to any other in-office update.

This celebration for Earth Day is just part of the two companies’ larger alliance, involving the marketing and distribution of Sagegreenlife’s Verdanta™ line and its custom-designed, built-in living wall products.

Sagegreenlife BioTile
Ann Fanizzo, Coalesse
Coalesse Team
Sagegreenlife Team
Forward Space Team

Quotes from key people:

“Bringing living nature into our workspaces can lower stress, improve cognitive function, and generally increase our wellbeing.” – Bill Browning, Guest Speaker

“Partnering with innovative industry leaders to bring an engaging event celebrating Earth Day to life was an exciting process for the Sagegreenlife team. We constantly strive to align ourselves with companies that push the boundaries of design, and both Forward Space and Coalesse epitomize these qualities. It is truly empowering and inspiring to be part of an event that furthers the conversation around sustainability and living design.” – Richard Kincaid CEO and founder of Sagegreenlife

“It’s clear that biophilia – our innate affinity for nature – and its design principles have become more prominent in the A&D community and for a growing number of our customers who want workplaces that promote wellbeing. That’s why we’re excited about our new alliance with Sagegreenlife and having Bill Browning here to increase our knowledge. Together, our like-minded view of the growing demand will deliver added value by combining our respective teams’ expertise and capabilities.” – Lew Epstein, General Manager for Coalesse