About us

Enrichers is a studio that designs based on neuroscience. For Schiphol, we developed an Enriched Office to optimize the work environment. For Dutch Railways NS we develop an active furniture collection to improve the customer journey. For furniture label Prooff we consult on new business development based on well-being. During our design process, we are in dialogue with Professor Jenny Morton from University of Cambridge. Together we develop a method on applying environmental enrichment. Besides commissioned work, we have an active furniture collection ranging from water floors to moving cushions, from water benches to moving stools.

About
Enrichment

Environmental enrichment is the stimulation of the brain through the social and physical surroundings. Neuroscientific research has shown that an enriched environment has positive effects on the brain in multiple ways.

Effects
on the
brain

An enriched environment is positively influencing the behaviour and brain activity of the user, such as increasing neurogenesis (growing new neurons) and improving synaptic plasticity (the ability of synapses to change in function or shape). Environmental Enrichment has been studied within the field of neuroscience since 1947 and is a commonly researched topic on captive animals.   

Although there is a number of studies that show positive benefits on the brains of mice living in enriched environments, research within the human environment has rarely been done, let alone applied.  By developing products and spaces based on environmental enrichment we aim to bring this into our daily lives.

 

Elements
Enrichment

Enriched environments provide stimuli in the somatosensory, visual, cognitive and motor areas of the brain. Also circadian rhythms are crucial in order to create optimal enriched environments. As Enrichers, we research how we can implement environmental enrichment within human surroundings and design the applications to do so.

Team

Creative Direction

  • Founder & Creative Director
    govert@enrichers.nl
    Govert Flint

Collaborators

  • Co-initiator & Designer
    Aliki van der Kruiijs
  • Co-initiator & Designer
    Alissa van Asseldonk
  • Designer
    Arnout Meijer
  • Designer
    http://www.chriskabel.com/
    Chris Kabel
  • Co-founder 2016-2017 & Psychologist
    florijn@enrichers.nl
    Florijn Vriend
  • Prototyping
    Govert Geerts
  • Designer
    Jetske Visser
  • Designer
    Michiel Martens
  • Marketing & Communication
    justine@enrichers.nl
    Justine Kontou
  • Co-founder 2015-2016 & Designer
       
    Luuk van den Broek
  • Co-initiator & Designer
    Nienke Bongers
  • Designer
    Roos Gomperts
  • Graduate Intern
       
    timothy@enrichers.nl
    Timothy Algera

Collaborations & Clients