It was no surprise to us that Janine Benyus's introduction to biomimicry was one of the most popular videos in our Sustainability in 7 series last month: the notion of "solving design challenges by asking nature's advice" has an immediate appeal.
While Benyus uses a peacock feather as an example, architecture and design studio Kawamura Ganjavian has found inspiration in another, equally unique (Ganj?-)avian: the ostrich.OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.
Of course, it's a different approach to biomimicry, more a comment on cultural work habits than a biological trait: "We gradually spend more time in our working environments, and this in turn means that we often need to make work and rest fully compatible within the same space... in general the workplace has rarely adapted to this new working-resting paradigm."