The research explores biomimetic for surface, textiles and product design. The Sea Star lamp is one of a series of practice based collaborations;
nature design experiments, product development and exhibition installations created between textile surface design researchers and 3D digital design practitioners.
The strategic search for role models in nature is what discerns biomimetic from the ever existing inspiration from nature. While bio-inspiration may be limited to a morphological analogy, biomimetic makes use of functional analogies, processes, mechanisms, strategies or information derived from living organisms. The term ‘biomimetics’ used in this research focuses on bio-inspired based design rather than direct copying of natural biological functions and implies the use of the natural world as a model to base an engineering development or innovative concept.