Nature-inspired design is a reflection of human's curiosity about the real world. From the birth of organic architecture to the young science—biomimetics, we continue to learn from nature to solve various problems.
This book takes us back to nature by displaying a range of outstanding organic product designs of our times in terms of form, texture and function. It aims to explore the aesthetics and function of mimicking nature as a new direction in creative fields.
In the following pages you will be able to enjoy the work of numerous designers from around the globe, all of whom have become aware, or rather become convinced, that humanity’s future resides in the revolution of biomimicry, which holds the key to sustainable long-term development. We still havemuch to learn from nature: new shapes, materials and functions, all integrated in closed cycles of matter and energy, free of waste, employing quality raw materials, all giving us insight into incredible designs that are yet to be imagined.
Every day it seems more probable that nature inspired design is the design of the future.
The adoption of a functional system in nature is considered to be the highest level of organic product design. Function-oriented organic design takes inspiration from the outstanding characteristics of existing natural systems and mimics them technically to create more beneficial products for human life. Designers have been trying to produce better designed, more beautiful and more functional products while improving their own design thinking and skills.
Nature-inspired forms, which have a long history as an approach to design, endow a product with life and fun. They are a result of many generations' observation and study of nature. The product designs in this chapter were developed either with nature as the motivation, or with nature as the optimal solution for satisfying specific needs. They all offer an invaluable, unusual living experience.
Materials are a crucial element in product design, functionally or aesthetically. The utilization and imitation of a natural texture has helped to improvethe form, quality and even practical use of a product. Texture delivers a particular design idea and psychological experience. The following projects show how natural texture has been creatively employed in product design.