Industrial design students in exhibition on Symbiosis

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28 August 2021 at 11:00 AM - 29 November 2021 at 05:00 PM
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Lövholmsbrinken 1

Current Industrial design students work from a biomimicry, Nature-inspired Sustainability course from the spring is on display at Färgfabriken's exhibition on "Symbiosis".

What does it mean to co-create with multispecies at the design table, and how can nature inspire us in our design processes towards solutions that are embedded in sustainability?

With these questions in mind, five groups have been challenged to develop models for cohabitation with multispecies, using a design perspective inspired by and designed for bees, earthworms, pigeons, slime mold and seahorses.

Their projects introduce us to the complexity of nature-inspired design methods and why they are important for achieving ecological solutions in industrial design. Their musings and projects are based on a design ecology that considers how design can create conditions to further life, where multispecies-centred design is at the heart of the task.

Nature, in its 3.8 billion years of research and development, holds many answers to challenges we might be grappling with. In the field of biomimicry, we look directly to nature for mentorship, measurement and model to solve our design challenges. This project, though, goes one step further into exploring the practice of more-than-human design, where each species is placed at the heart of the design and we humans merely become the companions to enable further life.

This collaboration emerges from a course in industrial design with focus on sustainable development and Nature-inspired methods at Konstfack.

Course design & composition: Anna Maria Orrù

Course leaders: Anna Maria Orrù & Stina Wessman

Anna Maria Orrù 0720162162

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