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This book presents an international selection of objects inspired by nature and its strength is in the diversity of examples from Art Nouveau, where we see a very literal correlation between the natural and the designed, to the fluid, iterative forms of Zaha Hadid.
There are few other sources of inspiration for designers that are so rich, diverse and stimulating as the shapes, patterns, and textures of the natural world. The natural world is the one where we tend to find the cues to what make us human. It is no surprise then to find designed objects that are inspired by nature are so satisfying. We yearn for a reconnection to the natural world, and this even has a name, biophilia. The power of this attraction is seen in the full range of design disciplines including graphic, furniture, lighting, sporting equipment, household appliance, automotive design and architecture. It really is ubiquitous and the advent of digital design has beckoned a whole new relationship between nature and design. This book presents an international selection of objects inspired by nature and its strength is in the diversity of examples from Art Nouveau, where we see a very literal correlation between the natural and the designed, to the fluid, iterative forms of Zaha Hadid.
The book itself serves several purposes. Firstly it is a worthy catalogue of a full range of designs that are inspired by nature (but not exhaustive) and so it presents the natural world as a truly valid starting point for designers of any discipline. It also helps us understand the reasons why the relationship between design and nature has been so enduring. And thirdly it is a source of inspiration for anyone interested in design. Refreshingly the examples aren’t all the same ones we have seen in other books somewhere. There is no rigidity to the categorisation of objects and it does not attempt to make a science of design as though that would make it easier to understand, rather chapters are based around the loose concepts of sea, topography, forest and climate for example. There are a few other good books on nature and design, but for the range of designs (even scent for goodness sake) and for the depth for which the essayists provide the whole topic, few match this book. This is the one to get.
Design reference book for inspiration from nature.
Museum Fur Gestaltung Zurich - Edited By Christina Reble & Angeli Sachs - 319 pages - 2007 - Zurcher Hochschule der kunste ZHdK and Lars Muller Publishers - Zurich, Switzerland