Biomimicry is the practice of finding inspiration within the modes of nature. The earth, after all, is not only our most precious resource for material, but for beauty itself.
Good design draws directly from this unending well; great design improves upon it. A prime example of the latter lies in the biomimetic philosophy embodied by Feldman Architecture’s Surf House — a breezy, coastal home nestled along the sandy shores of Santa Cruz, California.
The structure of the Surf House itself is unassuming and nondescript. Rendered in salvaged wood, the exterior reads beachy without pretension. The emphasis on subtlety is deliberate — the home mimics the nuances of its environment to blend in. The approach is clean and humble — the designers foster zen within the space without a terrible amount of fuss. Inside, long beams of coastal cedar lead the eye to floor to ceiling views of the Pacific out the back of the home.
Silk Loose Cap Sleeve Top in Grey
Silk Loose Cap Sleeve Top in Indigo Blue
In assembling our summer wardrobe, we seek pieces that too reflect nature. In this pursuit, texture, tone and organic presence reign supreme. Our favorites are crafted from well-woven, natural fabrics that enhance the experience of dressing rather than distract from it. Gentle slate colors imitate the grey patina of weathered cedar beams. Sand and surf spill from both the tight weave of a creamy, linen jacket and the frayed edges of a silky, raw edge top. In wearing these pieces, we feel encouraged to slow down and breathe a moment.
Be it an earthly vista or a domain manmade, our state of being is undoubtedly influenced by what we surround ourselves with. To ring your life with beauty, simplicity and things made well is to commit to a state of peace.
“There is no better designer than nature.”Alexander McQueen