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Cultural connotation and bionic design application of foliage plants in Chinese gardens

Siqi Lin1,2 Wei Liu2*
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1 Department of Design Studies, School of Art, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
2 Department of Industrial Design, College of Furnishings and Industrial Design, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China
Submitted: 18 September 2023 | Accepted: 3 November 2023 | Published: 8 February 2024
© 2024 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

Since the dawn of time, foliage plants have been the primary plant material used in the design of Chinese landscape gardens, and their rich cultural and historical heritage can serve as inspiration for design improvement and innovation. This study categorizes the decorative traits of foliage plants into three categories, aiming to explore their cultural characteristics and design applications. Special attention is given to the folkloric, cultural, religious, and totemic meanings of foliage plants. The various forms of bionic design based on the application of foliage plants are categorized and illustrated with specific cases. This exploration includes perspectives of morphology, texture, function, and imagery, all rooted in the theory of bionic design. The beauty of natural art, the humanistic attitude, and the advancement of function, material, and technology in product design can all be reflected in foliage plants as design elements.

Natural artistic esthetics
Traditional oriental culture
Case studies
Humanistic feature
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