Form Follows Organism – Emma van der Leest

‘Form Follows Organism: The biological computer’ is a book about biodesign and the shifting role of the (product) designer. ‘Form Follows Organism’ is about the application of design knowledge to consumer products and design methodologies. The research questions investigated are: ‘how can we control the process of growing materials or products?’ and: ‘how can we design new tools and algorithms that unlock the power of living cells?’

Emma co-created with a yellow intelligent slime mould, to find out if she can use an organism to create smart patterns and designs, based on the biological algorithm. Her product is a new design paradigm, centered on cultivating materials with living cells who are cultured and engineered to synthesize natures materials but with new functional and aesthetic properties.

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