Nature-Centered Design (a Photo Essay)

After a decade of talking (and talking, and talking, and talking…) about human centered design, now it is time to focus on design oriented towards nature. Here are photos of selected projects from several exhibitions that signal the upcoming change in designers’ attitude.

All pictures included in this photo essay I took in the spring and summer of 2019 at the following exhibitions: ‘Nature-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial’ in New York City, ‘Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival’ in Milan and ‘FOOD: Bigger than the Plate’ in London. At each project, there is a photograph of at least one board of the original explanatory text. I divided the projects into four groups: BODY, POLLUTION, ARCHITECTURE and MATERIALS.

 

1.  BODY

 

Goatman
designed by Thomas Thwaites

pictures were taken at exhibitions in Milan and New York City

 

Capsula Mundi
designed by Anna Citelli i Raoul Bretzel
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Infinity Burial Suit
designed by Jae Rhim Lee (Coeio), Daniel Silverstein
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Mourn
designed by Nienke Hoogvliet
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

2. POLLUTION

 

Loowatt
designed by Loowatt Ltd
pictures were taken at the exhibition in London

 

Circular Flows: The Toilet Revolution
designed by EOOS
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan in Austrian Pavilion

 

SUN+
designed by buro BELÉN (Brecht Duijf, Lenneke Langenhuijsen)
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Plastiglomerate
designed by Kelly Jazvac, Patricia Corcoran, Charles Moore
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Nanohana Heels
designed by Sputniko!
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

3. ARCHITECTURE

 

Monarch Sanctuary
designed by Terreform ONE
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Warka Water Tower
designed by Arturo Vittori (Architecture and Vision), Warka Water Inc.
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Bioreceptive Concrete Panels
designed by Marcos Cruz, Richard Beckett, Javier Ruiz
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Eco-Engineered Hexagonal Seawall Tiles
designed by Alex Goad (Reef Design Lab)
Pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Hy-Fi Bricks, Voxel Bio-Welding i Jammed Bio-Welding
designed by David Benjamin (The Living)
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

4. MATERIALS

 

Totomoxtle
designed by Fernando Laposse
pictures were taken at the exhibition in London

 

Anima
designed by Kosuke Araki
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Plants from Plants
designed by LEGO
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Zoa
designed by Modern Meadow
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Biocement
designed by Ginger Krieg Dosier (bioMASON)
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Sea Slug Bandages
designed by David Mooney, Ben Freedman, Jianyu Li
pictures were taken at the exhibition in New York City

 

Alces Alces
designed by Victor Alge
pictures were taken at the exhibition in Milan

 

Merdacotta
designed by Gianantonio Locatelli, Luca Cipelletti (The Shit Museum)
pictures were taken at the exhibition in London

 

SUMMARY

 

The exhibition ‘Nature-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial’ can be seen at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City until January 20, 2020.

The exhibition ‘Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival’ will be open at La Triennale di Milano until September 1, 2019.

The ‘FOOD: Bigger than the Plate’ exhibition can be viewed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London until October 20, 2019.

Photography by Michał Mazur/TrendNomad.com.

 

Do you like this photo essay with pictures taken in New York City, Milan and London? Do you think I deserve a cup of coffee (or two)? Wherever you are, you can donate a small sum of money using your PayPal account or credit card. All donations will help me to finance my journeys to fairs, festivals and conferences about design and new technology – this is where I find news for my website. Just click the rectangular button below to perform a secure transaction. Thank you for your support, it will help me to take a step forward and write new posts.

More articles