Over The Horizon: Narratives of the Future

8 Sep 2011

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London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 63, 45, 17
  • Nearest Tubes: Kings Cross and Farringdon

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Panel discussion with James Auger, Sam Hecht and Zoe Laughlin


What do today's designs say about the world of tomorrow? What can they reveal about our current hopes, fears, desires and needs? How do design concepts extend beyond the physical object, to influence our behaviours and lifestyles? What are the narratives produced by speculative design, and how do these sit alongside the narratives of products created for a consumer market? Three industry professionals discuss what design means today, their visions for the future, the creative uses and misuses of design objects, and how new materials, technologies, considerations and constraints are impacting on contemporary design practice. James Auger is a partner in the speculative design practice Auger-Loizeau, and a tutor in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Sam Hecht is a Royal Designer for Industry and a co-founder of the award-winning design office Industrial Facility. Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project, and has a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Over The Horizon: Narratives of the Future is held in conjunction with WORK's current exhibition, See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, which runs until 24 September 2011. Seating for this event is limited, so please RSVP to to reserve a place.

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