Nature and Design - Bemuse x Biomimicry

Bemuse in collaboration with Biomimicry UK welcome you to a walking tour of green places and spaces in York to learn more about the importance of plants and their pollinators to the environment.

Learn about how designers have been inspired by our flora and fauna to create unique solutions for our planet. From medical devices to more efficient energy systems, there will be something for everyone.


Biomimicry = taking inspiration from nature!


Starting venue - Community Theatre, SparkYork

Time:  2.30 pm

Duration:  1.5 hours


Due to the inclement weather in the UK, please come dressed for all weather conditions.




Richard James MacCowan - Founder + Biofuturist - Biomimicry UK

Richard is a multi-disciplinary designer and Biofuturist and Founder of Biomimicry UK. With a background in real estate asset management, urbanism and technology development, he pushes the boundaries on developing innovative solutions. He has run workshops and given lectures for the Royal College of Art, Foster+Partners, Wessanen, Capgemini, eBay, SuperYacht Design Week, Milan Design Week, and the National Railway Museum. Richard has appeared on BBC One Country File, BBC World Service, Forbes, News of the World and The Hindu.


Yuning Chen - Design + Research - Biomimicry Innovation Lab

Yuning Chen is a design researcher with a background in environmental science. She recently graduated from Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.  Her research interest mainly lies in the intersection of biology, informatics and design. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including the Dutch Design Week and Milan Design Week.


About Bemuse:

Bemuse is the new drinking experience based on Britain’s most ancient drink. An innovative, modern, low alcohol sparkling range of delicious honey-based drinks, Bemuse is on a mission to reimagine mead for today’s taste. Bemuse is produced by natural fermentation with just honey, water and yeast, infused with natural ingredients to create four unique flavours based on traditional mead recipes. Inspired by nature, brewed, crafted and canned in the UK, Bemuse is an exciting alternative to beer, cider or wine and can be enjoyed all year round, on its own or as an accompaniment to food. With nature at the heart of the drink and the brand design, Bemuse are passionate to spread awareness of the natural habitat, biodiversity and urban greening, wanting to creatively engage people to support UK’s endangered pollinators. 


About Biomimicry UK:

Biomimicry UK is a non-profit, based in York, focused on developing experiences to inspire the next generation of designers, engineers, artists and scientists by looking at how nature solves problems. We across sectors and combine play, experiments, science and storytelling into developing unique experiences for the next generation.