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Looking at nature for design influences, the Ivy Chair designed by Brazilian Designer Enrico Gondim, uses the principles of Biomimicry as his basis, which looks at nature for design ideas.

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The chair’s base takes the shape of a rocking chair, which promotes relaxation from its back and fort swaying motion. Material wise, the base uses American Oak wood, in keeping with the nature approach to the design.

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The cushioning is made from a non-peeling, water resistant felt, which is weaved like straws using a repetitive process, similar to that which is often found in nature. This aids in the transformation of the two-dimensional process into a three-dimensional form.

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Aside from biominicry, Ernst Haeckel a philosopher also influenced him. It was his method of scaling up the micro that helped guide the transformation of the small-palm folded material in a larger piece of sculptural work.

 By Shanaire Blythe

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