What design principles might we learn from nature that can be applied to designing, producing and managing life in a resource-efficient and sustainable way? These are the key issues being addressed by the current summer exhibition in the Werkraumhaus, Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab. Strategies and patterns evolving for more than 3.8 thousand million years are investigated through the eco-system of a tree. Learning tool is an alphabet made up of 26 Principles of Nature. These form the basis of biomimicry, an approach to design which takes nature as a model. The exhibition is conceived as a learning lab and also shows innovative, nature-inspired applications from the world of crafts and design. This inter-disciplinary project, an integration of research, education and exhibition, combines science with crafts and artistic production in an inspiring learning environment for experts, laypeople and the whole family.