The exhibit “Learning from Nature: The Future of Design” was about to open at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) when the pandemic shut everything down. I never made it to the exhibit, but the underlying idea (relearning from nature) is increasingly featured in both trade and mainstream design publications.
In my post "Is Nature the Future of Design?", I reflected on the fact that architects, artists, designers, gardeners, poets, and scientists alike are all inspired by nature. As humans, we have long relied on the plant world to heal, protect, and thrive, yet it seems we have also forgotten many of the lessons learned along the way.
Whether you go for the low-hanging fruit of incorporating nature in your designs, decide to look into using more vegan materials such asleather made from cactus, or go for thehigh tech materials from the plant worldstemming from the work of nanobiotechnologists such as Oded Shoseyov, now is a beautiful time to look to nature. Whatever you feel inspired to do, it will be time well spent.
Here is to (re)learning from nature to effect change, by design.