Interior Design Inspired by Nature
One day, during my childhood in Italy, my father took me to visit a furniture factory. I was astonished to see how every single piece of waste was recycled in order to create other products. That’s when I realized everything in life is useful and can be reused to reduce the environmental impact. A few years later I encountered a professor who introduced me to a word that I had never heard before.
The word was “Biomimicry”. The term comes from the Greek words “Bios”, meaning life, and “Mimesis”, meaning to imitate. That was my Eureka moment and I understood that there is more than just ecology and recycling. I stopped and looked around me and noticed how nature is so perfect. History teaches us that human beings have always looked to nature for inspiration. Have you ever asked yourself "How does life make the most of things?" It has definitely been the force behind some great design innovations.
For instance, the engineer George de Mestral came with the idea of velcro from looking closely at the burrs seeds stuck on his dog's fur. Leonardo da Vinci designed his flying machine based closely on the structure of a bird's wings.
We started looking into Biomimicry a little bit more and started following the work of science writer Janine Benyus, the president of the Biomimicry Institute. Janina has written many books in which she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their design.
In our Bio-Design blog posts we will suggest and keep you updated on lots of new products that are inspired by nature!