How Designers Are Turning to Nature for Subversive Solutions

by Aileen Kwun via Metropolis

 Image courtesy of Diana Scherer

Image courtesy of Diana Scherer

These aren’t myths of alchemy, but lo-fi, logistically strategic responses that critically underline an array of natural materials that are routinely overlooked or discarded as part of industrial design. And why shouldn’t our objects be environmentally digestible, like the other earthly elements that keep us alive? Through alternative methods of material sourcing, this crop of makers demonstrates that industrial processes are in need of reevaluation, increasing the appetite for designs that, like us, eventually turn to dust.