Design – “As designers, we are obliged to think about new possibilities and opportunities and show new perspectives instead of only making more beautiful products.” That is what Matilde Boelhouwer strongly believes. The Dutch designer shaped this obligation into a studio which mainly focuses on the world of insects and plants – Wonderful beings Nature has designed to help each other, until we started to build cities where meadows once were.
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Atelier Boelhouwer’s Insectology: Food For Buzz series of artificial flowers were designed to serve as an emergency food source for the big 5 impollinators: bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths.
But how can you make a concrete-based flower? How can you tell a bee that it can eat something that it isn’t used to?
Together with scientists and engineers, Matilde developed 5 man-made flowers that attract the insects to make some real buzz. “Adjusted to the length of their tongues, faceted eyes and shape of preference, the flowers aim to take over all empty spots and therefore bringing back those buzzing and fluttering sounds of those small creatures we can’t ever miss in our cityscape.”
Studies show a 75% decline of insect population due to use of pesticides, Climate Change and lack of habitat and food in the past 27 years. Matilde visited M.C. Marco Roos, a botanist and biodiversity specialist of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, Netherlands, to discover that green public spaces generally require practical low maintenance – meaning featuring plants that do not flower.
Together with Marco Roos and dr. ir. JJA va Loon – an entomologist specialized in insects-plants relationships, archetypical flowers loved by impollinatore were identified. From here, Matilde Boelhouwer has designed 3D-printed and laser-cut artificial flowers made of polyester.
Insectology: Food For Buzz is an ongoing project on show at Can creativity save animals’ lives? the virtual design exhibition curated by Archipanic for Monkey 47 dry gin at Isola Design District. The exhibition features also works by Elena Salmistraro, Italy, Porky Hefer, South Africa, Peter Pichler Architecture, Italy, and Charlotte Mary Pack, UK.
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All photos: courtesy of Atelier Boelhouwer.