Located at the Lethaby Gallery, Restless Futures forms part of an 18-month Central Saint Martins program organized around four themes: Disruptive Technologies, Expanded Boundaries, No More Stuff?, and Democratizing Innovation. More than just a study of design evolution, the event explores how these advancing technologies could affect social, economic, and political paradigms. These recent graduates, who hail from all corners of the world, have put forth forty design projects that capture their predictions of how those technologies could be used to positively contribute to societal transformation.
Many of the designs promote a sense of human connection and collaboration, from Gigi Barker’s A Body of Skin, a set of pheromone-infused furniture wrapped in a skin-like silicone material, to Josh Worley’s Open Tools, an open source web platform for exchanging knowledge on making tools. Eco-conscious design and upcycling were also common threads in many projects, such as Marlene Huissoud’s From Insects that uses insects and their waste streams to build vessels and Forrest Radford’s Unprinter that provides an easy and convenient method for responsibly disposing of e-waste.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat