Exoskeleton Shoes by Janina Alleyne
Designer Janina Alleyne combines biomimicry and 3D printing techniques to create the ‘Exoskeleton collection,’ a futuristic footwear series. Uncomfortable as this high-tech fashion might look, 3D scanning and printing enables the shoes to fit the wearer’s foot perfectly.
Exoskeleton Watch: Armor For Your Wrist
You’ll have to get used to telling time in a whole new way with Peter Fletcher’s Exoskeleton Watch, but it might be worth it just to feel like your’e wearing armor. The gaps between the plates that form the armor-like texture are used to hold LED lights, which display the time in digital format.
Exoskeleton Furniture Collection
External frames ‘protect’ this sleek furniture series from damage and give it an industrial look. The Exo collection (a popular name for exoskeleton-inspired designs) by Gregoire de Lafforest converts the concept of developing biomechanics or machine-like exoskeletons into physical objects for the home, putting furniture frames on the outside of each piece to make them the main visual element.
Unique Circle: Zaha Hadid Superyacht
Architect Zaha Hadid is well-known for her bio-inspired designs, which often take cues from living creatures in both their looks and the way they function. Commissioned by shipbuilders Blohm + Voss to design a superyacht, Hadid created an exoskeleton structure based on fluid dynamics and underwater ecosystems to give it a unique shape. This webbed formation acts as an external shell, visually and physically onnecting the various levels and decks of the ship with diagonal lines.