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Chicago-based Mary Cook Associates (MCA), an award-winning national commercial interior design firm, today released a white paper titled “Can Good Design Be Good For Your Health?” which explores how well-designed spaces in today’s residential interiors can improve well-being – especially amid the impacts of the pandemic on lifestyle over the past two years.

“The pandemic has taken its toll both physically and mentally, from pain caused by hours spent at makeshift home workstations to the emotional stress of isolation, uncertainty and worry,” said Mary Cook, President and Founder of Mary Cook Associates. “Although great design is not a panacea, we know that well-performing spaces can energize, motivate, inspire or even soothe and relax. When planning interiors for the post-pandemic landscape, the most innovative and sustainable designs will be those that maximize the core principles that shape the experience of a space so people can feel, do and be in. their best.

The white paper highlights design essentials that have a huge impact on physical and emotional well-being and allow spaces to function optimally, including:

  • Proxemics: Post-pandemic, proxemics – the study of space, how we use it and how it makes us more or less comfortable – will consider the long-term impact of social distancing, including comfort levels with closeness to others and preferences for open or open spaces. outdoor spaces.
  • Ergonomics: With remote working now permanent for many, ergonomics – designing or building workplaces, products and systems to suit the people who use them – will be key to creating flexible living spaces and amenities that double as… workspaces.
  • Scale and proportion: The “holy grail” of design, scale and proportion elevates the human experience in the built environment. When everything in a room is in balance, the design – and everyone inside – feels good.

“Can a good design be good for your health? is the fourth in a series of white papers from MCA sharing insights based on the seven proprietary core principles of the company’s interior design methodology and identifying opportunities for builders and developers to respond to the changing paradigm. of the house with thoughtful designs and innovative spaces.

The full whitepaper can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF at https://marycook.com/whitepapers/can-good-design-be-good-for-your-health/.

For more information about Mary Cook Associates, visit www.marycook.com.

About Mary Cook Associates:

Founded in 1986, Mary Cook Associates (MCA) is a fully integrated interior architecture and design firm, nationally known for creating innovative interiors for leading property owners and developers. The company’s projects include multi-family homes, model homes, student residences, senior residences, lodges, restaurants and hospitality environments. MCA’s work emphasizes functionality, showcases possibilities, and provides measurable return on the environment (ROE℠). Smart, functional spaces that connect immediately with their users and drive Living Better by Design℠, increase property value, and accelerate sales and occupancy rates are hallmarks of the results MCA consistently achieves. Currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, the firm continues its national presence with award-winning work spanning 36 states. www.marycook.com.

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Jay Koziarz, [email protected], (312) 267-4526



SOURCE: Mary Cook Associates

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PUBLISHED: 03/25/2022 14:06 / DISK: 03/25/2022 14:06


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