Re-Enlightenment Design Network Evening
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)
LS:N Global Re-Enlightenment Design Network Evening
From innovative furniture, to sci-fi branding, to new innovative processes – not since the Enlightenment have the worlds of science and culture been so converged.
So much so, that LS:N Global charted the shift in its 2013 macrotrend, Re-Enlightenment Rising. One of the biggest impacts of this new and magical landscape is a fresh crop of design platforms, installations, products and creatives. We explore this powerful group in our forthcoming Re-Enlightenment Design Network Evening, held during the London Design Festival.
2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the London Design Festival, at a time when the design scene in London has never been stronger. This year the Festival programme, which runs from 14-22 September, features a packed line-up of 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.
LS:N Global’s Re-Enlightenment Design Network Evening will be held on 18 September, featuring six hosted table discussions with cherry-picked creatives from the heart of the London design landscape.
Presented by Joanna Tulej, visual editor, LS:N Global
As well as seeking out the latest happenings in the lifestyle industries globally, she spends her days predicting the future through expertly curated visuals and films on the LS:N Global website and at forums. She also attends international design shows and takes part in expert design panels, such as those at the London-based Crafts Council. Joanna studied Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University and has previously worked with WGSN and Interbrand.
: Keiichi Matsuda, designer and film-maker
His installation, Prism, was one of the highlights of the London Design Festival in 2012. Staged on the roof of the Victoria and Albert Museum, it played with the visualisation of intangible data flows in the city. Keiichi has a multi-disciplinary approach to his work, using video, motion graphics, interaction design and architecture to create vibrant hyper-real environments where the distinctions between physical and virtual start to dissolve. He will talk about what can be learnt from his projects – which look at the implications of emerging technologies for human perception and the built environment – focusing on the integration of media into everyday life.
: Vera-Maria Glahn, co-founder of FIELD
FIELD is a studio of designers which researches new technologies to create ‘hi-tech experiences with a human touch’. Projects in the past have included branded art for galleries, festivals and public installations. Co-founder Vera-Maria will discuss how to connect with today’s intuitive consumers by combining human creativity with computer intelligence.
: Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev, founders of Odd Matter
Graduates of the Design Products MA course at The Royal College of Art, Els and Georgi apply natural processes to products to create unexpected results, with a focus on imbuing pieces with a sense of their origin. The ODD MATTER studio founders will talk about the importance of a broad experimental process in order to gain perspective during the design process.
: Caroline Till, course leader, MA Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins
Caroline is an alumni of the Royal College of Art, and has worked as a freelance designer and researcher for a diverse range of clients, including Gucci, Philips, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Council, Innovation RCA and the Peabody Trust.
She is also co-founder of creative consultancy FranklinTill. On the night, Caroline will enlighten us with insights from FranklinTill’s book, Material Futures, on matters such as biofacture, sensory design and sustainable strategy.
: Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless, co-founders, Silo Studio
Silo is a design studio based in a plastics factory on the South Bank of the Thames. Within this formative factory, founders Attua and Oscar experiment to find new potential in staid industrial processes. The duo will explain their hand-made high-tech mantra, tell us how they made polystyrene express itself, and what this all means to the design industry today.
: Hannah Robinson, visual trends analyst LS:N Global
As one of the lead researchers on LS:N Global’s macrotrend reports, she is constantly coming across inspiring new collaborations between artists, designers, scientists and digital studios. On the night she will give a whirlwind tour of the main trends from the most influential design shows of 2013, analysing what they mean for consumers and brands. Hannah study Fashion Styling and Photography at the London College of Fashion, and has worked at The Future Laboratory since 2010.
Speakers will host open-table discussions, each focusing on a different topic. They will share their insights and underline opportunities.
As usual, speakers will speak for six minutes to intimate tables of six guests.
LS:N Global editors, researchers and analysts will also be on hand to introduce our speakers, answer questions or direct you to future research and interviews on the subjects covered elsewhere on the LS:N Global Network.
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