New York Natural History Museum

Nature’s own design

After a trip to the Butterfly Conservatory at the American museum of Natural History this weekend, I was blown away by the true beauty of nature. As a designer I couldn’t help but be I pressed by the complexity of the design of the butterfly and understand now why fashion and technology are looking to these beautiful creatures for inspiration.

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Their colours and patterns varied from subtle designs to vivid, electric blues that seemed to light up as they fluttered by and their wings were delicate to touch yet had a strength when the butterfly took off from its leaf. During my short experience amongst these creatures I began to understand why Jean Paul Gautier used them in his Spring Couture collection of 2014 and how they inspired the Mirasol display which could replace LEDs for e-readers.

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If you’re a designer and in New York I recommend you take a break from the vast array of galleries one weekend and instead take in the designs that Mother Nature has created.

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