Cherry Blossom Estate – Eco-friendly Houses Inspired by Nature

“build buildings like trees and cities like forests” William McDonough Ah, the dance of the cherry trees. Few things in nature are as lovely as the pink clouds of cherry blossoms. A wonderful way to welcome Spring. The loveliness is perhaps even more lovely since it is so fleeting. And the display in our gardenContinue reading “Cherry Blossom Estate – Eco-friendly Houses Inspired by Nature”

Biobing – Caterpillar Climbing Shoes

Inspired by the wonderful caterpillars in the previous blog posts, we designed some Biobing shoes. These shoes are made for climbing in the mountains. Just like a caterpillar you can climb upside down when you are wearing these shoes. There are little sticky caterpillar shaped wheels that lets you scale big rocks. These wheels automaticallyContinue reading “Biobing – Caterpillar Climbing Shoes”

Build a Character – Explore functions

This post contains ad links. Create your own creature. What is its name? What kind of habitat will it live in? What things can you invent inspired by the creature? Storytellers have invented all sorts of creatures, such as dragons and unicorns. But you can also invent a creature consisting of body parts of realContinue reading “Build a Character – Explore functions”

The Birch Tree adds a Silver Lining

Trees are amazing! I was born in the city of birches, a city in the northern part of Sweden. So birches have always had a special place in my heart. They also like so many trees live a mysterious and secret life. Trees have so many stories that they want to tell, and they haveContinue reading “The Birch Tree adds a Silver Lining”

Non-Boring Trees

Are trees boring? Do all trees look the same? Ever heard of the Rainbow tree? Or seen a tree where the fruits grow on the bark? And what if you could see the roots of the tree? Thinking about and searching for information about trees is a great way to not only learn about natureContinue reading “Non-Boring Trees”

Festive Biomimicry Reindeer

The Festive Season is perfect for exploring som magical fun! Reindeer are amazing. Wonderful  inspiration for helping Father Christmas. Exploring questions, fun, silly and serious, that excite our mind and then look for ways to put an answer together. Sometimes the solution will work, sometimes, especially when exploring the world with young children, the magicContinue reading “Festive Biomimicry Reindeer”

Inspirational Video – Invisible Shadow

What if you could  hide in your own shadow by glowing? Not sure I quite understand how the  Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) can cruise above its prey without casting a shadow even on a moonlight night but it is fascinating! And beautiful. There is something almost magical with bioluminescence. The tiny squid hunt atContinue reading “Inspirational Video – Invisible Shadow”

Vitamin G – The Importance of Exploring Nature

Smell, splash and listen! Put on your wellies and dance outside! How high is an oak tree? How do you measure the height of an ant nest? How does a wet pile of autumn leaves smell? Some answer are not found inside the classroom, instead you have to walk out in nature to find theContinue reading “Vitamin G – The Importance of Exploring Nature”

Cubist Glue Art, Doodling, and Sleepy Parrotfish – Biomimicry for Young Children

Imagine that you are a tired parrotfish.You are going to sleep but first you need to make a protective cocoon. A cocoon that will keep enemies away.What does it feel like inside the cocoon? One exercise in the booklet Biomimicry for Young Children –  Sea Life is about the colourful and interesting parrotfish. What thingsContinue reading “Cubist Glue Art, Doodling, and Sleepy Parrotfish – Biomimicry for Young Children”

Looking for Spirals in Nature

  Filled with inspiration after having completed a course at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology. One week was spent looking for patterns in nature. Like the fractal nature of tree branching and antlers. Or spirals like galaxies, shells, pines cones and sunflower heads. After a while IContinue reading “Looking for Spirals in Nature”

Daffodils Dancing in the Wind – Biomimicry for Young Children

The poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” or Daffodils was composed in 1804, two years after Wordsworth saw the flowers while walking by Ullswater. It was a stormy day and the inspiration for the poem came from a description of the event written by his sister Dorothy. Through our curious biomimicry lens we wereContinue reading “Daffodils Dancing in the Wind – Biomimicry for Young Children”