An emerging approach to interior design is biomimicry, which is comprised of designs inspired by nature and biological entities, it creates innovative methods that support sustainable environments and improve human wellbeing.


Principle behind bio-inspired design

Biomimicry, similar to Biophilic design, is inspired by nature – although the latter focuses on enhancing humans’ health, wellbeing, and their connection with nature. Biomimicry, on the other hand, highlights the methods or ecosystems that nature provides, creating innovative solutions that improve structures in interior or architectural design. Both design concepts are founded on their appreciation of nature.

A prime example of biomimicry is the Interface FLOR TacTile Carpet Tile Connectors, inspired by gecko feet.


Interface FLOR TacTile inspired by gecko feet. Photo courtesy of Interface



Emulating biology in biomimicry

According to the study by Rasha El-Zeiny in 2012, “Biomimicry as a Problem Solving Methodology in Interior Architecture”, it states that biomimicry as a design method should be more than just decorations, its functionality should be aligned with its nature. As the concept for biomimicry is derived from nature, the close examination of an organism or ecosystem must be done first, followed by the understanding and application of its underlying principles.

It’s essential to apply the principles from nature to fully reap the benefits it provide. Biomimicry is more than just imitating nature, a profound understanding must first be applied before the reinforcing of its innovative methods.

“The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival”, as told by the Biomimicry Institute.

Human Connections by David Oakey. Photo courtesy of Interface



Biomimicry in the future of interior and architectural design

Biomimicry’s widespread design has been extensively discussed by experts in the field of sustainable interior design and architecture, but its methods have not been largely effectuated yet. With nature, there is more to learn and gain ideas from, such as innovative methods that can help alleviate the adverse effects of climate change and improve human well-being, these types of the solution found in nature’s ecosystems and biological entities should be further explored.

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