Best for stress


Researchers have found that wood has a positive effect on health – both outside and in.

Everyone knows that a walk in the woods is good for your health. But did you know that design and furnishings where wood is visible have exactly the same effect? This adds another dimension to the importance of choosing the right furniture for your office, says new research in the field.

"The interesting thing is that the effects can be seen within as little as 40 minutes. Wood in design affects us immediately. In another study, we looked at schoolchildren on three occasions during a school year and saw the positive effects the material has on stress," says research leader David Fell from Canadian firm FP innovations.