“You could look at nature as being like a catalogue of products”
– Michael Pawlyn
Case Study 02: 3D Printed Plant Cell Chair
Design by Lilian van Daal
Image courtesy of Dezeen
This week’s case study is a 3D printed chair inspired by the structures of plant cells. The influence of this biomimetic design goes beyond the aesthetic appeal of natural patterns and forms, and actually eliminates the need for upholstery, framing, and adhesives.
The Design Catalyst:
Biomimetic structures –> Eliminates need for additive materials –> Reduces emissions from transportation required to move materials
This is not a crazy coincidence. Often, when we look to nature to teach us how to design, a domino effect of unforeseen positive effects arises. Natural systems are efficient and sustainable by…nature.
Watch this TED Talk by Michael Pawlyn to see more examples of this catalyst effect. Not only does he have a great British accent…he also shows some quick sketching that can lead to ideas about biomimicry in industrial design!