'Grow Your Own' Exhibition... Life After Nature. Experimental new Science Gallery exhibition looks to a future of designed life www.sciencegallery.com
Sculpture by Stephen Talasnik http://www.stephentalasnik.com/
Stix by Chris O’Dowd http://notanotherchair.com/ from Central Saint Martins UAL. New Designers Show 2013 Award Winner. Just add sticks to create your own unique toy http://blog.artsthread.com/2013/07/designers-13-part-2-winners/
The patterned surface of the Nervous System porcelain Reaction Cup was created by a computer simulation which is based on the natural patterning process that puts spots on leopards and stripes on zebras. Nervous System's inspirations are grounded in the natural forms, and corresponding processes, which construct the world around us. From coral aggregations to interference patterns, a study of natural phenomena is an essential ingredient in their design process http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/
Synthetic living creatures would be released into the wild to save endangered species and clean up pollution under a futuristic proposal by designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. In this version of the future, novel companion species designed by synthetic biologists would support endangered natural species and ecosystems http://www.daisyginsberg.com/projects/design6thextinction.html
Through her collaboration with artist Jolan van der Wiel, who has spent several years pondering magnetism, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen created the Wilderness Embodied Collection (AW2013), with dresses ‘grown’ under magnets, utilising the phenomenon of attraction & repulsion. "Natural forces like magnetism - essential to life - inspired me to not only use manmade techniques like 3D printing, but to combine technology with the creativity & power of nature itself" http://www.irisvanherpen.co...
Borrowing from nature.
Jewel Beetle leg detail.
Tomas Saraceno: flying gardens http://www.tomassaraceno.com/
The Biospheres installation, by Tomas Saraceno, is inspired by careful scientific studies of the formation of clouds, soap bubbles and the geometric principles behind spider webs. Several of the spheres contain plant-based ecosystems, while the largest of them invites spectators to step inside http://www.tomassaraceno.com/
Awe-Inspiring swirling Superstorms belie their destructive power: Each summer photographer Mitch Dobrowner & guide Roger Hill drive through the Great Plains of the United States in search of these jaw-dropping forces of nature. When they find them, Dobrowner pulls out his camera & takes breathtaking black & white photos that capture the enormity & intensity of these churning atmospheric formations http://www.mitchdobrowner.com/ http://www.silverliningtours.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx
VIDEO: Viral music hit called “The Fox,” a maddeningly infectious song by Ylvis, a pair of Norwegian variety show brothers, leaves you asking yourself “Should I be reevaluating my own understanding of animal noises? Do elephants really go … toot”? And of course, the most important question of all: “What sound does a fox make?”
Plotted brainwave activity is translated into a knitted pattern, using a wearable, non-invasive EEG headset, while listening to Bach. Project by Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet and Sebastian Mealla www.varvarag.info www.mcanet.info http://mealla.net/ http://www.knitic.com/neuro/
VIDEO: Plotted brainwave activity is translated into a knitted pattern, using a wearable, non-invasive EEG headset, while listening to Bach. Project by Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet and Sebastian Mealla www.varvarag.info www.mcanet.info http://mealla.net/ http://www.knitic.com/neuro/
Acorn-shaped pendant lights by Helsinki-based designer Maija Puoskarifor. The Terho series includes two different sizes and many hat variations. Materials are opal white mouth-blown glass and Finnish alder http://maijapuoskari.com/#lumme
Chalice Well Gardens: Woven spiral garden structures http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
VIDEO: Green Fuse: An exhibition of the work of the renowned landscape & garden designer Dan Pearson at the Garden Museum - situated by the River Thames and next to Lambeth Palace: An immersive, multimedia experience where space, materials and craftmanship are as carefully considered as rhythm, colour, texture and seasonality in planting http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/upcoming-exhibitions
Biomimicry: Robot silk worms to print pavilion: Researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) plan to 3D print a pavilion by imitating the way a silkworm builds its cocoon. The research team, headed by architect Neri Oxman, attached tiny magnets to the heads of silkworms to discover how they “print” their pupal casings around themselves. The Silk Pavilion will be built using digital fabrication technologies at MIT’s Media Lab http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/mediated-mat...
mostlikely's DIY paper lampshades allow you to assemble your own 3D menagerie of luminous lampshades, which double as masks if you’re feeling a little wild http://www.mostlikely.at/
FLYLIGHT by Studio Drift: “Flylight is based on the behaviour of birds flying – the happenings you see in the sky that you can look at for hours. Flylight brings a lot of energy to a space because it is constantly changing, moving and surprising." It was shown at Salone del Mobile 2011 Milan and La Biennale di Venezia in 2012 http://www.studiodrift.com/work/flylight-2
DANDELIGHT by Studio Drift: "The Dandelight tells the story about the amalgamation of nature and technology. In the distant future these two opposites have made a pact to survive". Dandelight combines an electronic circuit and real dandelions in a light sculpture http://www.studiodrift.com/work/dandelight-1
Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights mimic how flowers attract and repel bees. The lights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum, sheer silk, and LED lights, these “living lights” react to sunshine and music to create a beautiful spectacle inspired by nature http://www.studiodrift.com/
Maiden Veil Fungus.
The Sea dragon.
Poodle moth, Venezuela.