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Nature as inspiration for design

June 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Have you ever used the nature as an inpiration for industrial design? Janine Benyus has something to say about ‘biomimetic design‘.

The nose cone of Japan\'s 500 Series Shinkansen bullet train is modeled after a kingfisher\'s beak. From Getty Images

Benyus is the biologist-cum-evangelist who first defined its contours in her 1997 book, Biomimcry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In it, she detailed how companies could study nonpolluting, energy-efficient manufacturing technologies that have evolved in the natural world over billions of years, delivering in the process a lesson on the importance of living in harmony with nature.

In the ensuing decade, with concerns of sustainability coming to the fore for companies and consumers alike, Benyus has proved well placed to continue preaching her philosophy. Named by Time magazine as an environmental hero of 2007, she’s now preparing to take the wraps off the sequel book, Nature’s 100 Best Technologies, and an accompanying Web project that could, if successful, radically increase the reach of her thinking and consolidate biomimetic design as a go-to corporate sustainable strategy.

Read more about Janine Benyus at Business Weekly

Will this ‘biomimetic design‘ movement be the next trend in design? Or is it just a tool for developing solutions? Well, Nature has always been a source of inspiration for design, right? How about Leonardo da Vinci’s creations? Many of them are nature inspired. Did you know that Velcro was inspired by seed pods from a cocklebur (a tall weedy plant)?
Or how about these?
Fashion design inspired by nature

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Sian Dorman // Feb 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I am interested to know who the clothing designer is that you have used above for reference?

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