We are in the middle of The Big Butterfly Count, a scheme which invites the public to participate in collecting data about how many butterflies are around, where, when, and of what species between, 15 July and 7 August. For more see:http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
Here’s a taster of what you might see out and about – careful ticking them off risks becoming an addiction:
Another addiction as far as I’m concerned is this hat by the late Alexander McQueen which he made in various colour combinations – with shoes too.
And here’s a dress by Luly Yang – perfect for acting the social butterfly.
Butterflies have inspired creatives in all areas of design like The Butterfly Chair by Laurie Beckerman. The Brooklyn-based industrial designer seems to have a special talent for translating geometric principles into beautifully rendered final products.
The sheer form of a butterfly is created with simplicity and harmony of proportion. The wings organically grow out of the circular seat, giving the appearance of a chair about to take flight. On a more prosaic note they have inspired that friend of the flat-pack generation, the ubiquitous butterfly nut also known as the wing nut.
On a larger scale we have Butterfly Square.
Weatherhead Architecture recently revealed designs for Butterfly Square, a mixed-use town centre in the Swedish county of Halland. Bisected by a pedestrian promenade, the development comprises two angled, L-shaped buildings that resemble open butterfly wings The raised buildings are clad in a simple materials palette of glass and timber.
But my favourite Butterfly inspired design is this:
so simple but a childhood delight. Happy butterfly spotting.