DON'T IMITATE NATURE
We should avoid simulation of nature in our design efforts - we can do better.
For example: don’t simulate randomness (or freeze a random generated pattern) but create conditions for randomness to exist, to happen. Don't try to catch it; let it go.
Garden of Farrar Pond Residence in Lincoln, MA, USA, by Mikyoung Kim Design. Although this example borders between design (decoration) and art (sculpture), the pattern mimics a vitality that is actually non-existent. It's fake. After the third time you see it is slowly becomes gimmicky.
And also NOT THIS:
It's the H-Tower of the World Trade Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by KPF architects.
The coloured panels follow a seemingly random pattern, but are completely fixed. If only they were movable panels, given to the employees to move around as sun shades...
...more like THIS:
Facade of unknown building, photographed by Maria Casale.
Perhaps not pretty, but it's got rhythm. And more importantly: its rhythm has not been designed; it has been enabled.
This is Sharifi-ha House in Tehran, Iran, designed by studio Next Office.
Swivelling pods allow the owners to adapt to Iran's fluctuating temperatures by opening up rooms in summer, or turning them inwards during winter.
The rotation of the rooms give it a shape-shifting facade, making the building come alive.
Another shape-shifting building:
This is D*Haus, a concept by UK designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson. It folds into different configurations so that it can take on up to eight different shapes.
It morphs to deal with changing times of day, seasons and weather, much some like flowers do.