TED's Ten:6 – Design that Looks at Models from Nature & History

This strategy is about how much textile designers can find inspiration and information for future sustainable design from studying and reflecting upon nature as well as textiles, habits and societies of the past.

“….the accumulated past is life’s best resource for innovation …reinventing beats inventing nearly every time.” Stewart Brand


  • Shape-memory polymers to mimic natural movement
  • ‘Lotus effect’ nano-coatings
  • Velcro
  • Austerity repair
  • Make-do-and-mend
  • D.I.Y/ punk customization
  • Modern nomads
  • Historic dyeing/ printing techniques


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