Nature is the greatest inventor; it continuously evolves and adapts to work in synergy within itself and its surroundings. Biomimicry is the practice of imitating, mimicking or taking inspiration from nature and applying it to design, inventions or engineering as a problem-solving mechanism. Countless of the greatest creators have taken insight and been influenced by natures capabilities. After all, nature teaches us that to succeed you must be willing to innovate and always look to the future. Now, let’s look at some of the most interesting ways in which biomimicry has been a source of inspiration.
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Birds are great sources of inspiration in biomimetic design. Most famously, birds have been the driving influence behind the initial inventions that have made human flight a reality. Leonardo DaVinci, one of the most famous inventors and artists in the history of humankind rendered the first invention to explore the potential of human flight. He called it the Ornithopter, although it never became a reality it was a major inspiration to inventors that followed. Most famously the Wright Brothers, who were the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered machine in a controlled flight. These inspirations led to the developments and technologies that are still present in the air today.
BIRDS AND BULLET TRAINS
Planes aren’t the only transportation that birds have influenced, another great example of biomimicry in engineering are Japan’s bullet trains, the Shinkansen. 30 years ago, engineers ran into a problem with these trains, the high speed in which they travelled caused a big sound disturbance whenever the train would exit a tunnel, the force of this was so strong, that the repeated disturbance started to damage the structures of the tunnels. Engineers realized that the rounded nose of the train was to blame for these issues. That is when they found an unlikely inspiration: The Kingfisher, a bird that has a slender beak which allows it to move through air with ease. The same bird silhouette was applied to the Shinkansen, solving the sound issues, becoming the unexpected solution to an engineering flaw.
One of the most talked about examples of biomimicry is Velcro. Swiss inventor George De Mistral was inspired to create Velcro while walking his dog in the countryside. He noticed that every time they would go for a walk little seeds or burrows would get stuck in his dog’s hair and his pants. He decided to study these seeds and discovered that its spikes had a hook shape at the end that would latch on to certain surfaces. Velcro works by pressing two surfaces together, one with hooks that mimic those of the burrows and another with thin hair-like fibers that mimic the dog’s hair. Such a revolutionary material originating from such a small part of nature.
BUILD LIKE A TERMITE
One of the most successful ways in which biomimicry was applied in architecture is the Eastgate Center in Zimbabwe. The designer, Mick Pearce, studied termite dens, and observed the great ability they had to regulate and maintain interior temperatures all through a ventilation system of cooling chimneys and tunnels. He applied an imitation of this system when building the 333,000 square foot Eastgate Center, which thanks to this biomimicking innovation uses 90% less energy compared to other buildings. It is designed with cooling chimneys that draw in cold air at nighttime, collecting it to keep the building cool throughout daytime.
WHY IS BIOMIMICRY SO IMPORTANT TO DF18+?
At DF18+ we believe in nature, but most importantly, we believe in science. Just like nature inspired all these iconic creations, we are also inspired by nature and how we can take it to the next level. Our brand explores the powerful potential of merging nature and science together to achieve code breaking bio-engineered results. Finding ways in which science and nature can work synergistically with our skin to reach the most innovative skincare solutions.
DF18+ unlocks your personal key to beauty, with dedicated solutions for all your different skin needs. It has the highest plant biodiversity in one jar*. A combination of high-performance ingredients with magnificent textural sensoriality, enriched with plant-based solutions rich in unique chemical molecules that activate your skin’s youth. Here you can find suggestions for your specific skin concerns, and a special seasonal skincare suggestion.
TRANSCENDENT SKINCARE SOLUTIONS.
DF18+’s formulations are scientifically designed to act on your skin and enhance your complexion from the inside out. Formulations specially crafted by the brilliant minds of global skincare leaders, combining incredible technologies for potency and efficacy, with luxurious and sensorial textures. DF18+’s signature 18+ blend powers all our products, a synergistic combination of eighteen patented, bio-engineered plant actives that harness the beautifying powers of nature with the highest plant biodiversity in one bottle. In the skincare community serums are considered to represent the most concentrated level of efficacy. Each of DF18+’s 4 serums and Cream have an augmented percentage of a dedicated standout plant active, designated to treat specific skincare concerns and to replenish youthfulness to the skin with an all-encompassing beautifying and rejuvenating approach.
If you are looking for dedicated rejuvenating solutions DF18+ has two incredibly efficient serums that invigorate the senses with pleasurable texture and amplified youth enhancing properties. The Original serum activates the skin’s responses to moisturize, smooth and delight your skin with a light and plush sensoriality that stimulates the skin to produce youth proteins that boost collagen production and dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are looking for a different approach, The Balm serum is supercharged with firming and lifting actives that help boost skin cell turnover. The concentrated balm-essence delights the skin with re-plumping and revitalizing care that provides rejuvenating results to relaxed skin with less defined skin contours.
There is nothing better than a glowing complexion. If you are looking to eliminate the dullness away from your skin, The Silk serum is the perfect targeted solution. This silken masterpiece brightens and evens your skin tone with actives that help prevent signs of hyperpigmentation. Within the skin, ageing is associated with a loss of tone, slower cellular renewal rate and hyperpigmentation. This special coffee bean derived active has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to slow down this ageing process, thus helping to prevent these skincare concerns before they arise. Its luxurious air-light texture seamlessly absorbs into the skin to promote skin cell renewal and vibrancy, enveloping and perfecting your complexion with luminous radiance
Our skin sometimes reacts in unexpected ways, it gets irritated, dull, oily and inflamed. If your skin tends to be more prone to these conditions, then The Velvet serum is the perfect formula to solve your skin concerns. The exquisite velvety elixir deeply hydrates the skin to replenish volume and soothe inflammation. The serum controls sebum production and minimizes the look of pores to smooth your complexion and provide a skin-refining mattifying finish.
POST SUMMER BLUES.
Seasons change and so does our skin. Our skincare should change with them. Some seasons take a bigger toll on our skin, now heading into fall after a long summer in the sun, we need to replenish our skin and get it ready for the colder months to come. During winter, our skin protects itself by inducing vascular processes that help us stay warm. When these processes are activated it reduces the permeability between the skin and blood cells, meaning that less nutrients can be carried into the skin, making it more sensitive and prone to dryness. The Intensive cream indulges the skin with a pure skin revival, deeply nourishing the skin’s cellular pathways for an accelerated rejuvenation from within. A sensorially rich and light journey that improves cellular energy and protects the skin from stress while reducing fine lines and wrinkles and enhancing skin firmness and elasticity.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORLD OF DF18+
If you are still unsure where to start your skincare journey, we invite you to take our online skin analysis, that will direct you down the right path. If you wind yourself in Milan, immerse yourself in the world of DF18+ at our clubhouse located in the heart of the luxury district, where we offer an in-depth dermatological skin analysis that will give you extraordinary insights about your skin.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT LABORATORIES
Science is the highest pillar behind DF18+. Our passion lies with green biotechnology, the science that makes us unique and qualifies our innovative, patented ingredients apart from the rest. Biotechnology not only provides DF18+ the outstanding ability to craft remarkable formulations, it also is exceptionally beneficial in the production of naturally derived, high caliber active ingredients. Biotechnology is ingrained in DF18+’s legacy. It is the force that makes our formulas unique.
FROM PLANT SCIENCE TO BEAUTY
DF18+’s exclusive laboratories have always dedicated themselves to researching cutting-edge biotechnologies, originally conducting research on plant resistance. The labs used biotechnology as a discovery tool, developing innovative compounds that could potentially protect plants in order to increase their longevity. It was during this rigorous research journey that the lab discovered a miracle peptide that promised exceptional efficacy. A groundbreaking discovery in the biotechnological science field. This momentous occasion needed to be set in stone, which is why the laboratory obtained a worldwide patent for this newfound technology, and now, it is exclusively available at the highest potency in the DF18+ products.
A SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION
The exclusive breakthrough technology was not only beneficial to plants, in fact, initial research had proven that the advanced compound had great abilities to provide protection and improve the overall health of the skin. DF18+’s founder was absolutely fascinated by the technology and the remarkable science behind it, prompting him to collaborate with the lab and shifting the research towards cosmetic active ingredient development. A collaboration purely driven by the founder’s passion for skincare and his talent in beauty craftsmanship. DF18+’s specialized lab combines the patented scientific knowledge on plant science and expertise in skin cell biology to reach an extremely notable level of efficacy in skincare.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF PLANT STEM CELLS.
DF18+’s laboratories utilize green biotechnology, focusing on the extraction of plant stem cells in order to produce naturally derived cosmetic actives. These precious plant stem cells have a notable regenerative power that allows for more plant cells to be produced from miniscule amounts of raw material. This process allows DF18+ to maintain a sustainable and ecologically preservative approach given that there is no need to harvest exponential amounts of raw material, therefore drastically minimizing the brands impact on the environment. The laboratories are able to do more with less. Magnifying the skincare potential of even the smallest particles to have the ability to research even the most precious actives to unveil their abilities in a conscious manner.
After various years of passionate research and development, the laboratories now can account for a portfolio of actives, each of them incredibly efficient and with individually unique properties and origins. DF18+’s founder was in awe with the far-reaching capabilities of these exclusively discovered actives, prompting him to craft an ultimately unique formula that combines eighteen of these extraordinary ingredients. His creation evolved to be the ground-breaking 18+ blend that powers all our formulas, the blend that sets us apart from the ordinary.
THE HIGHEST BIODIVERSITY IN ONE JAR
The DF18+ signature blend holds the highest skincare plant biodiversity in a jar.* Each of the products of this collection has the power of 18 serums in one powerful blend. Its uniqueness is unlike anything else that can be found in the market. The superior plant actives that make up our products are designed to work in absolute synergy with one another. It is a multi-tasking solution for a wide variety of skin concerns. Combining high performance ingredients with magnificent sensoriality and luxurious texture, for a pure moment of blissful self-care.
DF18+ IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH SUSTAINABILITY
At DF18+ sustainability is of utmost importance. DF18+’s use of biotechnology for plant stem cell extraction is a highly efficient and sustainable alternative to produce cosmetic active ingredients. Allowing DF18+ to remain more environmentally friendly while still using plants as a tool for cosmetic discovery. The laboratories use optimized cultivation that don’t need agricultural land and utilize very little light and reduce water consumption by 80%. All the specialized plant actives are produced in-lab to ensure that less raw material is being used and less waste is produced as a result. Producing our outstanding active ingredients in DF18+’s personal labs also exceptionally shortens the supply chain, directly from lab to manufacturer, and in turn reducing the overall environmental footprint. DF18+ believes in science, but in sustainability too. Our ecosistem needs to be preserved in order for it to continue to inspire us and provide all its incredible potential.
Biotechnology is the scientific approach that makes DF18+ extraordinary, the standout tool that has brought us to where we are today. With a legacy of skincare knowledge, specialized and exclusive labs, patented technologies and actives, the highest plant biodiversity in one formula, and our multi capable products that give you magnificently unique skincare treatments. Each of the products of this collection has the power of 18 serums in one powerful blend. A pro-nature, science-first skincare brand, that combines decades of knowledge without sacrificing the pleasure of a beautifully sensorial self-care experience.
Blue as an icon
Throughout the ages, blue has been a color that transcends art and culture. The color blue has been present since the beginning of time, surrounding us with its beautiful natural presence in the sky, water and flora. This color was a source of inspiration even for early mankind, but they had no available pigments to render it into their art. So, when and where did blue make its first appearance in art? Why is blue such an important color? Let’s go through the iconic history of the color blue and its evolution and symbology in arts and culture.
EGYPTIAN BLUE, A PRECIOUS CREATION.
Egyptian Blue originated around 2200 B.C and is the first synthetically produced color. To create the first blue pigment, the ancient Egyptians used Lapiz Lazuli, a semi-precious blue stone. Blue was the color of the heavens and the Nile, and to the ancient Egyptians it represented rebirth and the power of creation. Lapiz Lazuli was a valuable stone for the Egyptians, it represented divinity and respect, as they said that the hair of the gods was made of Lapiz Lazuli. Egyptian Blue was used along with gold to decorate tombs, wall paintings and statues. The rich blue shade is famously seen in queen Nefertiti’s crown and in the walls of her husband
ULTRAMARINE BLUE, A SACRED & VALUABLE COLOR
During the 14th and 15th centuries, Italian traders started importing a new pigment referred to as Ultramarinus. From Latin, Ultramarinus translates to, “beyond the sea”. This deep, royal blue was unlike anything that had been seen before, making it a sought-after color by Medieval Artists. It was expensive and considered to be just as precious and valuable as gold. Its price meant mostly royalty had access to Ultramarine, and even great artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael would only reserve it to use in their most important commissions. Johannes Vermeer, painter of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” loved the color so much he pushed his family into debt.
Blue is a sacred color, it represents the heavens, transcendence and the divine.
According to Orthodox tradition, blue is a sacred color. Blue represents the heavens, transcendence and the divine. The Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing a blue mantle, here presented in Gerard David’s “Virgin and Child with Female Saints”. Mary’s blue mantle is a symbol that reminds us of her faithfulness to the divine. Engulfed in this rich, royal Ultramarine that bridges a connection between humanity and divinity. With this standout blue she is surrounded by faith, carrying it with her wherever she is present.
YVES KLEIN BLUE, A FRENCH ICON
Yves Klein considered Ultramarine blue to be the best of all. He loved it so much that he created his own iteration as Yves Klein Blue, a matte version of Ultramarine. The rich and matte blue hue became the French artist’s signature in his art between 1947 to 1957. During this time, he painted over 200 monochrome canvases and sculptures engulfed in Yves Klein Blue. He had such a deep connection to the color that he trademarked it, as International Klein Blue.
Klein called himself a painter of space, and he used the bright blue velvety shade to intensely saturate spaces as if creating a sort of boundless blue void to capture the viewers eyes.
He was deeply inspired by Bachelard, a French philosopher who said, “First there is nothing, then a depth of nothingness, then a profundity of blue.” And Klein once famously said “Blue is the invisible becoming visible. Blue has no dimensions; it is beyond dimensions”.
AN EASTERN SYMBOL, BLUE PORCELAIN & DANSAEKHWA
The color blue had and continues to have a special spotlight in traditional Chinese Porcelain. The vivid pigment was obtained from Cobalt. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) blue and white porcelain had gained a religious meaning, the colors were used to represent mythical ancestors in a minimalist way. The blue was attributed to the Hazy Blue Wolf and the white, to the White Fallow Doe. They respectively represented the ancestral male and female principles of life; one is not balanced without the other. The combination of the two colors created a striking contrast with masterful imagery, making this porcelain a precious and desirable object of admiration.
But blue and white porcelain was reserved only for special occasions, meant to be used by local dignitaries or used as a Dansaekhwa is another captivating Eastern art form, born in South Korea during the 1970’s. Dansaekhwa loosely translates to “monochromatic painting” in Korean. This movement was characterized by its minimal and primarily monochrome paintings. The artists were exploring new ways to manipulate traditional materials, pushing paint, dragging pencils, ripping paper. The process of creating these paintings was influenced by the artists’ Eastern culture, channeling Buddhism and Taoism philosophy, as if the art form and the process of creating was a sort of meditative act. Encapsulating in the paintings a result of a conversation between the artist and the canvas. The use of natural local pigments and the minimal images invite the viewer to examine every corner of the paintings, and much like the artist, it helps induce a peaceful meditative experience on the viewer.
BLUE & CONTEMPORARY ART
Blue continues to be one of the most popular shades on the color wheel. From its use in ancient civilizations & its evolution through the centuries, it is a color that continues to evoke inspiration. In these contemporary and modern artworks, blue remains in center stage.
In his Gazing Ball exhibition, Jeff Koons took 35 different masterpieces and intervened them with reflective blue glass spheres. This intervention invites the viewer further into these masterpieces. The reflection of oneself on the spheres invites the viewer to start a dialogue and connect with the art. What does this art mean to me? What is my relationship with this piece? How do I experience this piece?
The blue orbs, much like Yves Klein vision, represent the vastness of the universe, but also invite you to be present in the here and now.
American artist Lita Albuquerque uses blue in many of her artworks. When asked why Albuquerque said, “whenever I close my eyes, that is the color I see”. Lita channels the brightness and strength of the color blue to highlight the ever-changing landscapes that surround us. Everything around us is always changing with the motion of the earth and changes of light. But somehow the blue used in her artworks doesn’t change, its opaqueness makes it remain the same, therefore bringing attention to the changing landscape. In her ephemeral “Stellar Axis” Lita went on an expedition to Antarctica, where in the vast landscape she placed 99 blue orbs, each of them dedicated to the stars above the Antarctic sky. Creating a constellation that continuously changed with the rotation of the earth.
THE COLOR BEHIND DF18+
Blue is at the center of DF18+, our use of Yves Klein Blue stems from an inspiration of the boundless possibilities and creativity that this color expresses. It’s connection to nature, its importance through art and culture and its evolution and symbology through time are all reasons that bridge DF18+ and the color blue together.
Next time you admire something blue, we invite you to reflect. What is your connection to blue? What emotions does it spark inside of you? What do you think about, when you think about blue?