London Design Festival Network Evening
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)
LS:N Global Awakening Tech Design Network Evening
The London Design Festival, one of the world’s premier design events, is returning for its 12th year. To celebrate, LS:N Global invites you to an evening of thought-provoking design themed around one of its latest trends: Awakening Tech.
From magical objects to emotion-driven installations, LS:N Global’s London Design Festival Network Evening will explore how technology is becoming more human, and how human life can be enhanced by technology. The event will feature leading designers working to interweave the digital and real worlds.
The Awakening Tech Design Network Evening will take place during London Design Festival, which runs from 13 to 21 September 2014.
Our Network Evenings offer members the chance to meet the early adopters and those shaping change in our future environment. We are joined by six guest speakers discussing key issues in a series of salon-style, round-table chats, allowing guests to discuss the ideas and issues raised.
Speakers will be interviewed by our reporter Rowland Manthorpe, and include:
: Lauren Bowker, founder, The Unseen
Lauren is a multi-award-winning alchemist and founder of material exploration house The Unseen, a luxury design house and consultancy that focuses on seeing the unseen by integrating biological, chemical and electronic technology into materials.
After graduating from the Manchester School of Art with the award-winning carbon emission-sensing ink PdCl2, Lauren studied printed textiles at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Since leaving the RCA and founding The Unseen, she has exhibited worldwide, including Paris and London Fashion Weeks, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Barbican.
: Jason Holley, director, Universal Design Studio
Universal Design Studio is a leading London-based creative design consultancy. Operating internationally and working with some of the best-known global brands, it creates arresting, comprehensive environments with effective commercial purpose. It was founded in London in 2001 by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby to augment their award-winning product and furniture design portfolio, and has completed projects for clients such as Mulberry, Virgin, Stella McCartney, Sony and Vitra.
Jason co-directs a multi-disciplinary team of architects, interior designers and product designers that specialise in creating spatial identity, ranging from architectural envelope design to bespoke furniture and fixtures.
: Yifei Chai, interactive designer, UNIT9
Yifei Chai is an interactive designer specialising in the human and emotional factors involved in technology and luxury psychology. His passion for the human dimension in technology began when he studied for an MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. His thesis on the space of virtual reality featured a telepresence from a muscular stimulation level combined with visual synchronisation so that others could experience a physical motion.
At UNIT9 Yifei has been working on problems that bridge the gap between immersive technologies and physical product design and hardware extensions.
: Aleksandra Szymanska, visual trends analyst, LS:N Global
A graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Aleksandra has worked on a wide range of projects from design curation and gallery management to qualitative research before joining the LS:N Global team as a visual trends analyst specialising in products, visual arts, multimedia and consumer insight. Aleksandra has been working on our macrotrend Awakening Tech.
Inspired by exploring the relationship between art, design and technology, Aleksandra is also fascinated by design as a tool for speculative storytelling and creating future scenarios. When not in the studio analysing the new and next across the lifestyle industries, she can be found creating illustrations and assisting on set design and still life builds for a range of commercial and editorial clients.
: Guillaume Couche, innovation designer
With a background in engineering and innovation design, Guillaume works across the fields of technology, products and interactive art. His projects explore motion-tracking and range from responsive products that interact with users by tracking their movements to augmented reality tools that employ new technological solutions to enhance human skills. Guillaume is also a co-founder of two design start-ups: the 3D sketching tool Gravity and Skipping Rocks Lab.
His latest project, Fables, explores the potential of interactive storytelling. Using technologies such as head-mounted displays and eye-tracking devices, the system creates an individually curated experience for film viewers. Sound and images change depending on where the individual is looking, offering dynamic narration and boosting the immersive potential of cinema.
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