Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry. The concept has been sort of a hot topic for designers in recent years, but rarely is it discussed or even heard of by consumers. So let’s change that. Biomimicry might be a discipline used in design but it affects consumers too and can dramatically change our future.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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First of all, what is biomimicry? In basic terms, it is a discipline that focuses on bringing nature inside and using nature as a way of solving human design challenges. You may have noticed the recent trend of nature-inspired products. For example, a chandelier made out of wood or a jute rug created from plant fibers. Well you see, biomimicry relies on the assumption that in the past, nature has already found solutions to many of the problems we as humans are trying to solve. All you have to do is study nature to find the answers.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Biomimicry is not simply looking at nature and being inspired for a new fabric print, light fixture or table design. It’s much, much more than that. In biomimicry, nature is used not only as inspiration for a product’s aesthetic form, but for its construction, development and process as well.

This might all sound very scientific and a bit confusing, but it’s simpler than you think. In fact, you have actually used products designed following biomimicry without even knowing it. Velcro, for example, is a product of biomimicry. George de Mestral, the inventor of Velcro, came up with the idea after observing the burrs stuck on his dog’s fur and his own clothing. By studying and copying nature, Mestral was able to develop a successful product that is still used today.

Defining design terms: What is biomimicry and what does it mean for you?

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Now that you better understand what biomimicry is and how it’s used in design, why should you care? Well, because finding answers by looking to nature can help designers develop more intelligent and sustainable products, meaning consumers too can benefit from biomimicry. You might even be benefiting from biomimicry right now in your own home! By observing and mimicking the internal structure of a firefly’s lit-up abdomen, researchers have been able to create more efficient LED light bulbs, therefore lowering the cost for consumers who use them.

A sustainable environment is better for everyone, so keep your eyes out for products that were inspired by nature and help biomimicry take on today’s environmental challenges.

By Wendy Weinert

Solar lights can light up your night

Beach-House-LightingPut sunlight to work for you by installing outdoor solar lights. Not only will they save you money – since sun power is free – but they’re affordable, simple to install and can be relocated easily. You can light pathways, accent trees or statuaries, or use them as decorative accents.

To charge your lights, just place them in a sunny area. The sun’s energy will be absorbed by collection panels, then converted into electrical energy. Today’s light-emitting diodes (LEDs) create light without generating much heat and are reliably bright. With proper maintenance, your lights will last for several years, and work in almost all temperatures and weather, year-round.

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Here are some solar lighting options that will add beauty to your landscape:

Path lights. Use these to illuminate sidewalks, paths or driveway perimeters. They’re usually used in multiples to guide the way along a dark walkway or set of stairs. They typically have sensors that turn on the lights as the sun fades; some have on/off switches.

Spotlights and task lights. These add ambiance to your yard, as the spotlights can be placed in trees to light downward, or beneath trees, shrubs or statuary, to cast a light upward. They’re also useful in marking landscape hazards, such as flower gardens or large rocks, which may not otherwise be seen at night. Most solar spotlights and task lights are designed to be mounted in a number of ways and can be adjusted to shine in any direction.

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Decorative lights. These combine fun and utility. For example, you can use planters along your deck that come in several colors and glow in the dark. Tiki torches can light up your patio during an evening’s entertainment.

Solar lights that use LEDs may have another benefit that makes them well-suited for landscape use: As temperatures drop, LEDs generate an even brighter light.

What's New in Ceiling Fans from Fanimation? DC Motors

Fanimation, the premier specialty fan company, offers an outstanding collection of eclectic styles and forward-thinking functions for today’s discerning, economical and energy-conscious consumers. Fanimation is pleased to announce the inclusion of the innovative DC Motor to some of its most popular ceiling fans, presenting its customer with an outstanding array of energy-saving features in a smaller, quieter, and but more powerful product. The DC motor is now available in the Fanimation classics – Islander®, Louvre® and Sandella® – as well as new 2011 additions such as Keistone® and Landan®.

Even in today’s evolving decorative ceiling fan market, most ceiling fans are still powered by AC current. Continuing to stay ahead of the curve, Fanimation has made a strong push in including DC Motors in several designs in order to assist the customer in energy savings and a reduction in carbon footprint.

So how does a DC motor fan work?

In a DC motor ceiling fan, a magnetic field is produced by high-strength, large magnets that are built into the fan motor. When power is applied, the polarities of the tightly wound copper wire and the magnets are misaligned or out of phase, causing the rotor in the fan to rotate in an attempt to align the magnetic field of the rotor magnets with the magnetic field produced by the copper wire coils of the stator. The continuous phase shift and movement of the magnetic field, produced by the copper winding coils, result in the continuous rotation of the rotor.

Why is the DC Motor a better fit for you?

Increased Power and Torque, Using Less Energy
This motor generates more power and torque than traditional AC fan motors, while using 60% less energy than AC motor. Additionally, Fanimation does not charge a premium for this more advanced technology – the fans are even less expensive with this new more energy efficient motor.
Eco-Friendly, Aesthetically Pleasing, Quiet Motor
Fewer raw materials are used in the construction of the DC Motor and fan body, resulting in a more eco-friendly product. With a smaller fan body, a more aesthetically pleasing product emerges. In addition, the fan provides increased air flow capability, still maintaining a more quiet motor than its AC counterpart. As an added bonus, the unique new “green” DC Motor has been proven to conserve, rather than waste energy, placing it in a class by itself.
Increased Functionality
The DC Motor has six speed functionality in both forward and reverse, compared to a limited three to four speeds of an AC Motor. The addition of these two speeds provides more flexibility with air flow and temperature control. Furthermore, this motor also enables a handheld remote to be the master point of control. No longer do you need to make a cumbersome trip up the ladder to manually flip a switch on the fan body to change the directionality of the fan or to tweak the channel settings in case of interference. These changes may now be made exclusively with a modification to the hand held remote settings, making the DC Motor fan more user-friendly, especially in spaces with vaulted or exceptionally high ceilings.

Fanimation’s introduction of the innovative DC Motor translates into a convenient, quiet and economical ceiling fan without sacrificing Fanimation’s distinctive style and performance.

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Introducing Siesta Poly Outdoor Furniture

Eco-friendly.  Comfortable.  Durable.  Low Maintenance.  Made in the U.S.A!

Siesta Poly Outdoor Furniture is an industry leader in recycled poly outdoor furniture, great for backyards and patios. The quality chairs, rockers, benches, swings, gliders, bistro sets and tables are virtually maintenance-free and made in the U.S.A.   They are designed and manufactured with extreme durability, comfort and style using recycled HDPE milk jugs and water bottles. The 20 vibrant colors options are specially-formulated with UV stabilizers to prevent fading and the color pigments run through the poly lumber adding to its durability.

Every Siesta Poly Outdoor Furniture piece carries a Residential Lifetime Warranty against cracking, splintering, chipping, peeling, rotting, and pest infestation.  Quality materials and construction standards guarantee a product that will last – in any environment.  Even in harsh outdoor conditions, such as sea-side homes where it could be exposed to wind, salt and sand.

This furniture will help define your outdoor personality.   With styles ranging from classic to whimsical and 20 color options…you will be enjoying the outdoors in style.

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