21_21 DESIGN SIGHT hosts Insects: Models for Design, an exhibition that seeks to study and celebrate the mysterious worlds of insects. Graphic designer Taku Satoh is exhibition director, and Takeshi Yoro, an anatomist and known insect lover, exhibition supervisor. Satoh and Yoro aim to highlight the astonishing ingenuity found in every aspect of insect-life.
'I never cease marvelling as I look their details through a microscope,' notes Yoro. He believes that answers lie within what already exists. For creatures that live so close to human existence, insects seem to be too often overlooked. Their richness of colour, physiological qualities, structures and habitats offer an unseen and untapped source of inspiration. Insects: Models for Design captures the innovation of architects, designers, structural engineers and artists that have taken influence from the natural world. Celebrating how we have, for example, learned from insect structures to conceive human architecture or even applied their tiny, skeletal systems to produce artificial objects and robot technologies.
Visit Insects: Models for Design running from 19 July at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, to see where insect-inspired creative possibilities can lead.