THE : : : 09 17 : 2007 THE : LAUNCH : ISSUE 1 ANTEDILUVIAN : PENNY DREADFUL : MUFFRAGETTES : CHINA’S MISTRESS ECONOMY : BEIRUT : BUENOS AIRES : SHANGHAI : HOLLYWOOD IN CAMBODIA : JEBEL AL-JAIS MOUNTAIN RESORT : VERTICAL CITY : PERFORMANCE DESIGN : THE RISE OF THE MACHINES : MORITZ WALDEMEYER : CELESTIAL AURA : LIGHT FUTURES : COMPUTER-GENERATED TREE : SUPER SYNTHETICS : A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS : $100 LAPTOP : LAKE OF STARS : SCATTER URN : ROLODEX TEENS : POSTCODE TRENDS : TEA GANGS : PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE FUTURE LABORATORY WWW.THEFUTURELABORATORY.COM THE : : CREDITS : 02 : 03 THE : : EDITOR’S LETTER : 02 : 03 Creative Director : Chris Sanderson Welcome to the inaugural issue of The, showcasing the best design and Futures Director : Martin Raymond Trends Director : Tom Savigar trend ideas from around the world. This issue sees a new departure Editor : Gwyneth Holland for us at The Future Laboratory, as well as marking an important shift Design : Kate Franklin Sub-editor : Hester Lacey in emerging trends. Words : Neil Bennett, George Collings, Priyanka Kanse, Sarah Rabia, Miriam Rayman Editor’s Letter Pictures : Emma Baines, Liv Falconer, Jasmine Labeau, David Lee, Caroline Till Illustration : Mick Clarke LifeSigns Network Manager : Martin Farrington Sponsorship & Marketing : Rowena Allsopp, Jeff Gonek Finance : Sian Welsh Design : MadeThought As we put this issue together we noticed a move away from the organic, Print : E. Holterdorf, Oelde, Germany Paper Stocks : Printed on Munken natural, right-on mood that has dominated design and consumer culture for the last few years. Instead, we are seeing the emergence of a newly The : Magazine The Future Laboratory : Studio 2, 181 Cannon Street Road technical, synthetic, even futuristic movement, from the innovative London E1 2LX, United Kingdom Light Futures to awe-inspiring desert developments with the scale and firstname.lastname@example.org ambition of a Bond villain’s lair. The Future Laboratory is one of Europe’s leading trend, brand and futures consultancies. With its 3,000-strong global LifeSigns Network, it connects over 250 clients with all aspects of culture Every issue will report on nascent trends developing around the world, set to impact on consumer change. The Future Laboratory publishes quarterly insight reports on retail, technology, design, luxury, interiors and leisure. Its biannual Trend Briefings take place in focusing this time on Beirut, Buenos Aires and Shanghai as the most March and September. Details and tickets from Rowena@thefuturelaboratory.com. innovative cities. We also plot the rise of Antediluvianism, Pet Networking, Muffragettes and Rolodex Teens, and the magical new materials that are thefuturelaboratory.com lifesignsnetwork.net pushing fashion forward in Super Synthetics. We look forward to hearing what you think. Feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com, or join our LifeSigns network (lifesignsnetwork.net) for regular trend updates. Gwyneth Holland Editor THE : : THE MISCELLANY : 04 : 05 THE : : THE MISCELLANY : 04 : 05 The Miscellany China’s Mistress Economy A growing number of women in today’s China are opting Five-star Cells Opulence behind bars is no longer the reserve of mafia for life as a second wife, or ‘ernai’. Becoming an ernai bosses such as film’s Paul Cicero, portrayed in Goodfellas. The stuff that matters : is appealing option for attractive 20somethings hoping Self-pay upgrades now mean offenders can do hard time to get rich before they hit 30 in a country where in style and prisons can turn a profit. Antediluvianism, Biosafe Habitats, concubinage was an accepted way of life not so long ago. Muffragettes, Puppy Love Consumer insight specialists such as Radha Chadha, Californian jails are increasingly offering pay-to-stay and China’s Mistress Economy co-author of The Cult of the Luxury Brand, have identified upgrades, costing from $75 (£38) a day for premium cells. this group as a key force behind the growth of China’s These are more private, allow access to personal luxury market, now third in the world. possessions, and are at a greater distance from violent Antediluvianism offenders. They are reserved for convicts whose crimes In imperial China concubines were a symbol of wealth. are relatively minor. We have noticed increasing numbers of young people in The more money a family had, the more wives the man trend-leading cities such as London, Tokyo, New York and could afford. Today’s swelling urban incomes (up 10.4% per Self-pay jails have been accused of operating like private Berlin embracing Antediluvianism, the idea of antiquated capita) have made the luxury of the ernai once again members’ clubs: you have to be in the know even to apply ideals and pastimes. The idea is rooted in Victorian ideas attainable. Among members of China’s government alone, for entry. Demand is now so high that marketing is no of modesty and morality, echoing the wider movement towards teenage conservatism. figures are alarmingly high. Reports reveal that 95% of officials arrested on charges of corruption were also found Biotherapy longer necessary, though an early campaign used the pitch ‘Bad things happen to good people’. to keep mistresses, with one in particular, 60-year-old Beauty obsessives are embracing ancient methods of Paul Schlicke, author of Dickens and Popular Entertainment, Zha Jingui, bragging about having 13. healing to solve modern-day problems. A new luxury spa Lowdham Grange Category B prison in Nottinghamshire says Ante-diluvianism makes sense to today’s society. resort in Ireland is spearheading the use of skin-nibbling has been nicknamed the ‘hotel’ of prisons because of its ‘Many Victorian ideas strike home today, such as the focus Usually, however, ernai are kept secret. Boyfriends visit a fish to exfoliate rough skin, a treatment that originates ‘soft touch’. Inmates are given cell phones to stop them on individual values. People feel there are a great many few times a week or when they are in town and always from the Ottoman Empire. feeling lonely and, hopefully, reduce reoffending. It costs social and intellectual problems that are there for the bring lavish gifts. They cover the rent and provide monthly £27,500 a year to keep a prisoner in jail and that figure is solving,’ he claims. cash instalments so these kept women have plenty The Garra rufa fish, also known as the doctor fish, is being rising, so there is increasing pressure to reduce the bill to of free time to sleep, shop, play and indulge their very used to treat psoriasis and eczema as well as providing the the taxpayer. Englishness is at the heart of many new youth subcultures. expensive tastes. ultimate exfoliating experience. Since its appearance in a such as our Punk Dandies and tea-drinking Mad Hatters, recent Ugly Betty episode, the craze has spread to Japan, by Sarah Rabia who have emerged as subsets of the Rolodex Teens tribes by Miriam Rayman China, Ireland and Turkey, where the fish originates. (see page 30). In an increasingly homogenised society, these teens see their Englishness as part of reclaiming a Therese Dillon, founder of Limerick’s recently opened Skin distinctive, individual identity. Therapy clinic, has had so much demand for the services of the fish, she already needs to expand. ‘It’s been a great Dickensian London is the spiritual home of the new success, I’ve already taken on a larger clinic which we Antediluvians, with Dickens World, a theme park in Kent, hope to open in a couple of months. Biotherapy is coming bringing the trend to a wider audience. Amazon has back to medicine, and we’re living proof of it.’ reported that sales of Dickens’ books shot up by 160% last year and a slew of prime time tv series such as Channel 4’s So how long will it be before leeches can be bought in How We Used to Live and the BBC’s Bleak House have pharmacies and maggots become the default cure for skin further popularised the appeal of bygone times. lesions and MRSA? Professor Robert Root-Bernstein, author of Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels, Another antediluvian pastime we have spotted is the says that such treatments are gathering momentum return of the ‘penny dreadful’ 19th-century serialised but wishes the take-up was faster. ‘The resurgence of live magazines, which traditionally used to cost a penny. therapies is due to their efficiency in treating medical F&M Publications is relaunching the penny dreadful and conditions that standard treatments cannot. It’s too bad hoping to replicate past success. This time around, that we often wait until patients are deemed incurable penny dreadfuls will cost £2.50 and, in a nod to the 21st before we look to medical history for insight,’ says century, will be carbon neutral. Prof Root-Bernstein. by Sarah Rabia by Miriam Rayman THE : : THE MISCELLANY : 06 : 07 THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : 06 : 07 Buenos Aires Puppy Love The Biosafe Habitat Pets tell us plenty about their owners, some allegedly even As the threat of terrorism continues to dominate the look like them, so meetings are being set up with pets political landscape, the designer Marei Wollersberger to sound out their owners’ potential as suitable tenants explores new ways in which it might be possible to Beirut or even partners. safeguard the home. In New York, the already fearsome co-op boards of Using animals as biosensors, Wollersberger has developed desirable apartment blocks now interview prospective the Biosafe Habitat, a 21st-century revival of the principle tenants’ dogs. Dog-vetting sessions can last up to an hour behind the miners’ canary. For example, to monitor home and include doorbell and phone response tests, a weigh-in water supply, an integrated aquarium is stocked with and ball-fetching tests. Pet-lovers too are seeking out genetically modified zebra fish, called GloFish. These Shanghai blocks with dog-friendly boards. One US estate agent told begin to fluoresce if pollutants are present, warning that the story of a Fifth Avenue penthouse which sold for $2m the water has become contaminated. below the asking price because they couldn’t find a potential purchaser without a dog. Cockroaches, with their hairy feet, are adept at collecting any traces of airborne chemical or biological agents. DateMyPet is a dating site where you can check out Wollersberger’s scheme uses the Madagascar hissing someone’s pet as well as your own potential mate. And if cockroach, one of the larger and hairier cockroach species. you like the look of the pet more than the owner, then a The roaches are kept in a specially designed nesting box ‘pet date’ can be set up for your pooches or kittens. and can be released to wander around the house, then checked for any signs of contamination. Wollersberger The City Reports : Cities from outside the box by Priyanka Kanse tested the project in her own home and friends’ houses. Although initially hesitant to cohabit with cockroaches, Our quarterly look at the cultural and all her testers found that ultimately they ‘developed a visual life of key global cities relationship’ with the creatures, even giving them names. Muffragettes by George Collings Feminism is being rebranded for the MySpace generation. Traditional women’s groups such as the Women’s Institute in the UK are enjoying a resurgence and have been modernised with MySpace pages and celebrity followings. Dr Katherine Rake, director of The Fawcett Society, says: ‘We want to remove the stigma and make feminism cool.’ In the US, Feministing, a website aimed at the contemporary young feminist has quickly become a cult hit since its recent launch. Its editor, Jessica Valenti, has just published Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters. The new wave of feminists are keen to distance themselves from the bra-burning, anti-porn old guard. Some are even calling themselves ‘muffragettes’ and ‘reclaiming’ pornography. A survey by internet analyst Nielsen NetRatings shows British women are the fastest-growing users of internet porn. The neofeminist movement has been described as the new ‘feminocracy’. In China, a ‘women’s town’ is being built in the city of Chongqing and its municipal motto of ‘women are never wrong’ is being enforced by specialist courts. Town planners believe the concept of a modern-day matriarchy will boost tourism. Lucy Hutchings, publisher of MarmaLADYa, an ezine that celebrates the ‘old-fashioned spirit of fruitful female interaction’, says: ‘Neofeminism is about embracing one’s femininity, as opposed to actively taking on masculine traits in order to become successful.’ by Sarah Rabia THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : BUENOS AIRES 08 : 09 THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : BUENOS AIRES 08 : 09 Buenos Aires has gone mash-up. The porteños are Recover from the 24-hour nightlife scene by visiting 12-na, 1 : CITY BOx adapting their traditions with some American sauce and a mash-up clothing brand which mixes flea-market finds 2 : ELOISA CARTONERA BOOkLET European pepper. Street art is huge in the city, influencing with modern materials. MADE BY CARDBOARD COLLECTORS the aesthetics of books, magazines, trainers, clothes, art 3 : CLUB UNIONE E BENEVOLENZA POSTCARD museums, restaurants, bars and clubs. The quintessential store for the mash-up movement is 4 : PROSTITUTE’S CARD Miles, which stocks the city’s most innovative books 5 : SELECTION OF STICkERS One of the key venues for this new movement is Hollywood as well as music and magazines. For example, Eloísa 6 : T-SHIRT in Cambodia, a street art gallery which shows work from Cartonera is a non-profit community project which 7 : VILLA DIAMANTE CLUB NIGHT DVD artists such as Pum Pum, Dani Dan, Zleep, Doma, Suba, combines covers painted by the kids who collect the city’s 8 : COw PRINT GIFT TAPE Atypica, Fase, Acampante and Diéguez. The gallery has cardboard with the work of emerging writers and poets 9 : MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART (MALBA) LEAFLET a strong alternative feel, as do other experimental gallery such as Washington Cucurto, César Aira, Javier Barilaro 10 : MUSIC AND THEATRE POSTCARD spaces such as Appetite and Belleza Y Felicidad. and Ricardo Piglia. 11 : MALBA GIFT BAG 12 : LA NUEVA OLA CD AND COVER Traditional Latin American influences are revitalising the by Hernando Gomez Salinas 13 : CATALOGUE FASHION BOOk commercial electronic music wasteland. Zizek parties, held 14 : CITY GUIDE every Wednesday in Palermo, the coolest neighborhood 15 : BARCELONA NEwSPAPER of the city, have become the heart of the scene. Villa Buenos Aires 16 : 90+10 MAGAZINE Diamante, one of the city’s most in-demand djs, recently launched his new work ‘Bailando se entiende la gente’ (‘People understand each other through dancing’) at Zizek. The album mixes electronic music with cumbia, South American peasant music. 1 : 17 : FABRICA DE BANANAS SHOP FLYER 18 : PECHA kUCHA FLYER 19 : CAROLINA AUBELE FASHION SHOP FLYER 20 : EL DIAMANTE BAR POSTCARD 21 : CLUB 69 LEAFLET 11 : HOLLYwOODINCAMBODIA.COM.AR 6 : NICETOCLUB.COM 15 : wHATSUPBUENOSAIRES.COM/ZIZEk wICkEDBA.COM ELOISACARTONERA.COM.AR FOTOLOG.COM/PUM_PUM 12 : MIACAMPANTE.COM wIPE.COM.AR 16 : DIAMANTESTYLE.COM.AR ATYPICA.COM.AR BELLEZAYFELICIDAD.COM.AR FRANkLOURENCO.COM 7 : 9 : 17 : APPETITE.COM.AR MUNDOFASE.COM 2 : PLANV.COM 13 : 19 : 20 : 4 : 3 : 5 : 8 : 10 : 14 : 18 : 21 : THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : BEIRUT 10 : 11 THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : BEIRUT 10 : 11 1 : CITY BOx Beirutis like to think they can’t be deterred from the The safety of exclusivity also works for the city’s 2 : AGENDA CULTURAL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME good life. But between last year’s Israeli bombardment and designer beach resorts. La Plage, close to the site of the 3 : DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL PROGRAMME this year’s internal fighting, something has definitely assassination of former prime minister Hariri, has come 4 : ASHTRAY changed in downtown Beirut. The noisy nightlife of back with a vengeance. This refurbished port is like a 5 : SELECTION OF jEwELLERY Gemayzeh and Monot has been reduced to a murmur for bling rap video, with mirrors everywhere so the girls in 6 : GANGAUR FRUIT CHEwING GUM fear of another car bomb; rooftop bars with strong security the bikinis and Blahniks can watch themselves tanning. 7 : kITSCH GIFT BAG are now all the rage. 8 : INLEB BOOB TUBE While street life is quieter, big parties with big names 9 : ACTION RENOVATION Sky Bar and White in downtown Beirut are just about the continue to draw the gig-hungry masses; Tiesto recently PROMOTIONAL PAMPHLET only places working. But they’re working hard: fancy cars packed 10,000 onto an exclusive beach, while Liban 10 : I LOVE BEIRUT CUP queue round the block for valet parking, while funky house Jazz’s regular gigs are going down a storm. The capital’s 11 : THE BEST OF FAIRUZ CD djs play to the beautiful people drinking Salmanazars legendary fashionistas have swapped the big downtown 12 : CREAM FASHION BUSINESS CARD of bubbly. Moet has even created a special bottle for the department stores (likely bomb targets) for exclusive 13 : POSTCARD OF THE Lebanese market that holds 9.5 litres. designer boutiques. The likes of Kitsch, in the trendy GEMAYZEH RESIDENCES neighbourhood of Gemayzeh, akin to Shoreditch, offer 14 : BIDOUN ART AND CULTURE MAGAZINE cut-price shopping with coffee and croissants thrown in 15 : SkIN MAGAZINE and the Lebanese mademoiselles love it. Beirut Marketing is picking up on the materialism. A major bank is currently offering plastic surgery loans to anyone who can’t afford to pay straight off. Nose surgery 1 : is so popular among girls turning 18 and 21 that some are even wearing plasters across their noses as a fashion statement. by Nadim Dimechkie 16 : wAx GENERATION AT THE MARIE BAZ MUSEUM LEAFLET 17 : AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 18 : SAINT CHARBEL POSTCARD 19 : ART LOUNGE FLYER 7 : GAUCHECAVIAR.COM EDDESANDS.COM TIESTO.COM 10 : 14 : LIBANjAZZ.COM TIMEOUTBEIRUT.COM BEIRUTNIGHTLIFE.COM YALIBNAN.COM 15 : BEIRUTSPRING.COM 8 : 7 : 11 : 2 : 6 : 16 : 18 : 12 : 4 : 3 : 5 : 9 : 13 : 17 : 19 : THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : SHANGHAI 12 : 13 THE : : THE CITY REPORTS : SHANGHAI 12 : 13 Shanghai is a city with an insatiable appetite for the new. The arts are starting to make a genuine comeback, Lately it has been gobbling up just about anything foreign as part of a trend towards personal expression. Trendy that comes its way, from Korean pomelo tea and tv series kids zoom through the city on sidecar motorcycles or fold- (Jewel in the Palace) to Japanese fashions (Bathing Ape) up bikes, heading to cultural bazaars such as Neo Spring to western musicals (Mamma Mia and the Little Prince). (hosted by indy culture website Neo Cha) where they purchase temporary tattoos, mobile phone stickers or rent Western restaurants such as Element Fresh, a California- their own art space at the Create Box Shanghai. style healthy eatery, have developed a strong local following, along with bakeries such as the Singaporean Bohemians aside, Shanghai still maintains a tradition Bread Talk and the more authentic French patisserie of catty femininity and snobby exclusivity. Shanghainese Paul. This hunger for the foreign has helped nourish women are known for being precious. They like to shop Shanghai’s growing wine culture. Shanghainese whizz at Ferguson Lane or Plaza 66 for designer bags, but they around the city in taxis with small tv screens embedded don’t like to carry them – that’s what the boyfriend is for. in the taxi headrests (known as out-of-home advertising) They like drinking Veuve Clicquot at places with names which broadcast wine education programs. Meanwhile like Attica, Glamour Bar and the members-only club wine tastings are held every week, often at stylish wine Volar, designed by Philippe Starck. Those who don’t have bars such as Enoteca and Epicvre. a meal ticket in the form of a rich boyfriend get by with fake bags, fake fur and rhinestones, but no matter the income, Shanghainese women are always feminine and 1 : always in charge. by Rebecca Catching 1 : CITY BOx 2 : ANT FARM TOY 3 : LE SPORTSAC PENCIL CASE Shanghai 4 : BA YAN kA LA HAND CREAM 5 : ADFUNCTURE URBAN TOY 6 : TEMPORARY TATTOOS DESIGNED BY LOCAL ARTIST CHEN HANGFENG 7 : VANGUARD GALLERY POSTCARD 19 : 8 : PINEAPPLE TART GIFT BOx 14 : 8 : 9 : MAGGIE AND PEGGY GIFT BAG 10 : BA YAN kA LA NATURAL SOAP 11 : SHIRT FLAG SHOP FLYER 15 : 12 : VANGUARD GALLERY POSTCARD 13 : POSTCARD OF LEI FENG BY YONG xU 2 : 13 : 14 : ZING MAGAZINE 17 : 5 : 9 : 15 : TOUCH MAGAZINE 4 : 16 : PEjOY jAPANESE SNACkS 17 : D&B CROSS-STITCH SELECTION 18 : VOODOO DOLL PHONE ACCESSORY 16 : 20 : 23 : 19 : NEw FACTORY T-SHIRT 6 : 10 : 20 : COIN PURSE 21 : CIGARETTES POPULAR wITH ARTISTS 22 : TRINkET BOx 23 : GINBIS ANIMAL-SHAPED BUTTER BISCUITS 11 : 24 : 21 : 24 : FLYER FOR THEME-PARk PHOTOGRAPHY ExHIBITION AT M97 GALLERY 25 : M ON THE BUND CAFé FLYER 5 : 25 : SOULDANCING.CN ELEMENTFRESH.COM BREADTALk.COM 3 : 7 : 12 : 13 : 17 : 18 : 22 : PAULCHINA.COM ENOTECA.COM.CN EPICVRE.COM CHATEA.CN BANDUMUSIC.COM MUSICPAVILION.COM.CN NEOCHA.COM ALTERNATIVEARCHIVE.COM/OUNING/ PLAZA66.COM ATTICA-SHANGHAI.COM M-THEGLAMOURBAR.COM THE : : THE HIDDEN : REM kOOLHAAS 14 : 15 THE : : THE HIDDEN : REM kOOLHAAS 14 : 15 Jebel Al-Jais Mountain Resort Far from being a cultural desert, by Rem Koolhaas the Middle East is fast embracing THIS PAGE : cutting-edge design, art and culture from the west. Oil money and the jEBEL AL-jAIS CLIFF VILLAS OPPOSITE TOP TO BOTTOM : jEBEL AL-jAIS BRIDGE grand ambitions of the sheikhs are jEBEL AL-jAIS DAM IMAGES COURTESY OF THE OFFICE helping designers and architects FOR METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE (OMA) such as Jaime Hayon, Zaha Hadid, OMA.EU Marcel Wanders and Jean Nouvel to transform the region into a hub for cutting-edge design and culture. Far from being a cultural desert, the Middle East is fast embracing cutting-edge design, art and culture from the west. Oil money and the grand ambitions of the sheikhs are helping designers and architects such as Jaime Hayon, Zaha Hadid, Marcel Wanders and Jean Nouvel to transform the region into a hub for cutting- edge design and culture. Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is leading the way, with five innovative projects in the works, including the new Renaissance hotel and the Porsche Towers I and II in Dubai (due for completion 2009), plus the Gateway City in Ras Al Khaimah. One of OMA’s most innovative and ambitious projects is the Jebel Al-Jais Mountain Resort, which runs along a 10km stretch of the mountain ridges of Ras Al Khaimah. The extraordinary design includes a series of villas suspended over a sheer drop, a ‘dam’ full of hotel rooms and apartments that spans a valley, a ‘vertical city’ which resembles piles of Tetris blocks and a bridge connecting two high points of the mountain with a green park on its roof. Unsurprisingly, much of the complex is inaccessible to vehicles, so a cable car and funicular railway transport guests and residents up the side of the mountain. by Gwyneth Holland THE : : THE INDEx : 16 : 17 THE : : THE INDEx : 16 : 17 The Index RUSSIA : EACH YEAR AROUND 70 NEw The world on a need-to-know basis VODkAS ARE LAUNCHED INTO SHOPS AND BARS GLOBALLY. www.thedrinkshop.com RUSSIAN TOURISTS ARE THE SECOND-BIGGEST SPENDERS AFTER BRITAIN : AMERICANS, AHEAD OF BRITISH BORDERS wILL SELL A RANGE OF TRAVELLERS, ACCORDING TO A POLL MORE THAN 100 POLISH TITLES AT OF 15,000 EUROPEAN HOTELIERS. STORES IN LONDON’S OxFORD STREET, SOUTHAMPTON AND BIRMINGHAM. THE NETHERLANDS : Financial Times ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 10, wHERE 10 SIGNALS GREATEST LIFE SATISFACTION, jAPAN : IN TESCO STORES ACROSS BRITAIN, DUTCH wOMEN SCORE 7.5. 87 NEw MANGA SHOPPERS CAN CHOOSE FROM 38 International Herald Tribune SERIES wILL TYPES OF MILk. SOUTH kOREA : BE LAUNCHED Daily Mail ON AVERAGE, GERMANY : IN THE SECOND 19.3% OF PEOPLE LIVING IN 74 COUPLES GET HALF OF 2007. GERMANY ARE 65 AND OVER. DIVORCED EACH DAY ICv2 NEw YORk : IN SEOUL. THERE HAS BEEN 46% LESS Korean Government CRIME IN NYC SINCE 1995. ITALY : SHANGHAI The Endless City AGENZIA SPAZIALE BEIRUT ITALIANA, THE ITALIAN SPACE AGENCY, SPENDS $900M PER YEAR ON RESEARCH INTO INDIA : VENEZUELA : SPACE TRAVEL. BOLLYwOOD’S GLOBAL AUDIENCE IN A HAPPINESS SURVEY OF 50 Wikipedia IS ESTIMATED AT 3BN, wHILE SAUDI ARABIA : COUNTRIES, VENEZUELA CAME TOP, HOLLYwOOD’S IS ABOUT 2.6BN. 69% OF ALL TExT MESSAGES wITH 55% OF VENEZUELAN PEOPLE Times SENT BY SAUDI TEENAGERS SAYING THEY ARE ‘VERY HAPPY’. ARE PORNOGRAPHIC. World Values Survey NIGERIA : THE INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH The Three Billion project A SURVEY THAT COVERED 26 ORGANISATION EMPLOYS COUNTRIES PUT NIGERIA AT THE APPROxIMATELY 20,000 PEOPLE COLOMBIA : TOP OF THE SExUAL SATISFACTION AND HAS AN ANNUAL BUDGET OF THERE ARE 101 LANGUAGES LEAGUE; jAPAN wAS BOTTOM. AROUND $815M. LISTED FOR COLOMBIA IN THE Daily Telegraph Wikipedia ETHNOLOGUE DATABASE, OF wHICH 80 ARE SPOkEN TODAY BRAZIL : AS LIVING LANGUAGES. THERE 32M PEOPLE IN BRAZIL wERE ARE ABOUT 500,000 SPEAkERS USING THE INTERNET IN THE OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES FIRST qUARTER OF 2007. IN COLOMBIA TODAY. Wikipedia Ethnologue BY 2020 IT IS ESTIMATED THAT GLOBAL : AT LEAST 50% OF THE SPECIES EVERY DEGREE THAT THE TEMPERATURE RESIDENT IN BRAZIL wILL RISES ABOVE 14°C, SALES OF wATER BECOME ExTINCT. INCREASE BY 5.2%. Wikipedia The Soft Drinks Association BUENOS AIRES THE AVERAGE ADULT PERSON LAUGHS 13 TIMES A DAY, COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE SIx-YEAR-OLD wHO LAUGHS 300 TIMES A DAY. ABOUT 500M PEOPLE AROUND THE wORLD SUFFER FROM HEARING PROBLEMS. Financial Times IN A POLL OF 1,000 FACEBOOk USERS, 85% PREFERRED BOxER SHORTS TO BRIEFS. Facebook THE : : THE TREND : RISE OF THE MACHINES 18 : 19 THE : : THE TREND : RISE OF THE MACHINES 18 : 19 The Rise of the Machines We have recently identified the rise of ‘performance design’, the increased importance of the manufacturing process to the value of the final product. This is exemplified by the works of designers such as Max Lamb, Maarten Baas and Front, as well as being the major theme of Design Basel 07. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT : ‘FLOCOMACHINE’ BY jEROEN wESSELINk PHOTOGRAPH BY RENé VAN DE HULST ‘BIG DIPPER’ BY SARAH VAN GAMEREN ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ BY NADINE STERk MAxLAMB.ORG MAARTENBAAS.COM FRONTDESIGN.SE SARAHVANGAMEREN.COM ATELIERNL.COM jEROENwESSELINk.NL In a 2006 project with NYC gallerist Barry Friedman, the Swedish design studio Front used rapid prototyping to create pieces of furniture aptly entitled ‘Sketch’, drawn in thin air and caught using motion capture technology. The Sketch furniture is not just about the end piece, but the act of reducing the production process down to imagineering and fabrication. Moving on from this is the rise of the machines: the central role played by machines and mechanical processes, either real or invented, that enable the performance to happen. From a world obsessed with perfection and slickness, the rise of the machine catalogues a more visceral relationship with cogs, wheels, engines, crankshafts and moving parts in general: a celebration of engineering and pre-digital industrial craft. This can best be seen in Jeroen Wesselink’s ‘Flocomachine’, a device that produces stools that look so serious it’s hard to believe they are created by slicing disused heating expansion tanks in two and turning them into: nifty stools with a built-in air cushion. 1 We are also seeing the development of pieces designed to highlight the process rather than the finished piece, further emphasising the rise of the machine. Our favourites include ‘Big Dipper’ by RCA graduate Sarah van Gameren, a machine that mechanically creates a 24-candle wax chandelier by dipping wicks into a vat of wax. Nadine Sterk of Atelier NL’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ light brings a hypnotic quality to performance design. The lampshade knits itself using the energy generated by the light within. By Chris Sanderson & Jasmine Labeau THE : : THE PERSON : MORITZ wALDERMEYER 20 : 21 THE : : THE PERSON : MORITZ wALDERMEYER 20 : 21 Moritz Waldemeyer’s astonishing work with star designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Ron Arad and Fredrikson Stallard heralds a new era of high-tech design that is crossing into the art world. Waldemeyer thrives on pushing the boundaries of what both technology and design can achieve. Among his extraordinary projects are an interactive Corian kitchen designed by Zaha Hadid, an undulating Swarovski crystal chandelier by Yves Béhar and a video dress designed by Hussein Moritz Waldemeyer ‘The video dress project was really interesting to work on, to collaborate with people from lots of different fields, especially from the fashion world. The projects are very stressful, but the whole environment is fantastic,’ says Waldemeyer. Unsurprisingly, he believes strongly in the fusion between design and other disciplines, seeing the future of design in collaborations between innovative designers and varied, seemingly unrelated disciplines Moritz Waldemeyer’s astonishing work with star designers such as medicine or automobiles. ‘I think in the future such as Zaha Hadid, Hussein Chalayan, Ron Arad and designers will be using topics or areas outside design Fredrikson Stallard heralds a new era of high-tech design and bringing them into their own work and their own that is crossing into the art world. Waldemeyer thrives audience. I think that in the future, design will be less on pushing the boundaries of what both technology and about the pure form.’ design can achieve. Among his extraordinary projects are an interactive Corian kitchen designed by Zaha Hadid, an Design as art undulating Swarovski crystal chandelier by Yves Béhar and a video dress designed by Hussein Chalayan. As the million-pound auctions of work by Marc Newson and Zaha Hadid demonstrate, design is carving a new Everything started with an email to Ron Arad. niche in the art world. Waldemeyer believes that these Waldemeyer contacted Arad while he was working at innovations are filling a void, citing his work with Philips’ London research campus, developing wearable designers such as Yves Béhar and Fredrikson Stallard technology and futuristic technologies. ‘He invited me in pieces that are not merely visual but that also create Waldemeyer concedes that much of the work he has done for Swarovski as part of this new movement. ‘I don’t find to the studio, and then we started doing some projects an emotional engagement. ‘People have tried to reinvent in the past has been about making a designer’s vision the modern art scene very inspiring. You go and see a big together. Straight after that, the Lolita chandelier came chairs hundreds of times, and now we have all these a reality, rather than developing his own ideas. He hopes exhibition and you never really get to see anything new. about.’ Lolita is a crystal chandelier embedded with LED different designs of chairs, so what are we going to do, go that in the future he will be able to work on more of his People want something special – they don’t just want lights that can display text messages on the crystals, and produce just another chair? No, because we’ve seen own projects, such as the light chair or earlier projects a canvas that’s splashed with colour and doesn’t mean created for Swarovski. The chandelier arguably began the it so many times before. I would rather look at something such as an electronic roulette table made from Corian. anything. They’d rather go and buy a crazy-looking chair tech-design trend that is now attracting such attention new – a chair where the technology is the innovation, However, his big-name client roster, which includes from Ron Arad that is incredibly well-executed and looks and admiration from the design fraternity, as well as rather than the form.’ Swarovski, DuPont and Flos doesn’t leave a lot of free time. fantastic, and has a meaning.’ launching Waldemeyer’s singular talent. Celestial aura Fashion in motion Building the impossible Moving experiences Waldemeyer’s latest project, a chair, is just that. Created One of Waldemeyer’s newest projects builds on one of The trail blazed by Waldemeyer and his collaborators Many of Waldemeyer’s design/technology collaborations for the launch of gallerist Libby Sellers’ new space during his most astounding creations: the video dress from means that there are now very few limits to designers’ are pieces that are at their most stunning when they London Design Week, the chair evokes the idea of a royal Hussein Chalayan’s autumn/winter 2007/2008 collection. dreams, signalling the most exciting and inspiring period are in motion. Waldemeyer believes this is central to or celestial throne, by creating an aura of light around the The fabric of the video dress is embedded with 15,000 in design for decades. ‘The lack of limits or boundaries is engaging people with design. ‘People don’t just want sitter according to what colour they are wearing. ‘There LEDs which work like a television screen, depicting what makes my projects so exciting,’ says Waldemeyer. to see a beautiful object any more, they want to play are sensors built into the backrest which pick up the colour a time-lapse image of a rose opening and closing. ‘I’ve been really lucky that, with most of the projects I’ve with it and see what it does. That way people get more of what you wear and project it onto the wall behind. If you Waldemeyer promises that the new collection of Chalayan worked on, there have been few limits, even financially, involved with it, and I imagine they will remember it are wearing blue, the light behind you will be blue,’ says dresses he is working on for spring/summer 2008 will be to what we could do. So you get a free hand in creating more if they can have some fun with it.’ He also believes Waldemeyer. ‘It looks like a relatively simple chair, but it’s even more technically challenging than the video dress, something amazing, which is the ultimate project.’ that design for its own sake is no longer enough. Indeed, got that innovation which is not just the shape, so it’s more with new and different effects, although the exact details design commentators too are noting a growing interest about what it does than how it looks.’ are being kept under wraps. by Gwyneth Holland THE : : THE PERSON : MORITZ wALDERMEYER 22 : 23 THE : : THE PERSON : MORITZ wALDERMEYER 22 : 23 TOP LEFT TO RIGHT : ‘LOLITA’ CHANDELIER BY RON ARAD FOR SwAROVSkI CRYSTAL PALACE, 2004 ELECTRIC kID ExHIBITION AT RABIH HAGE GALLERY, 2006 BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT : ‘VOYAGE’ CHANDELIER BY YVES BéHAR FOR SwAROVSkI CRYSTAL PALACE, 2005 LIGHT SENSITIVE CHAIR FOR LIBBY SELLERS, 2007 HUSSEIN CHALAYAN A/w 07/08 THE : : THE IDEA : SUPER SYNTHETICS 24 : 25 THE : : THE IDEA : SUPER SYNTHETICS 24 : 25 LEFT TO RIGHT : ARMAND BASI A/w 2007/2008 MARNI A/w 2007/2008 CHLOE A/w 2007/2008 MARNI A/w 2007/2008 UTE PLOIER S/S 2008 RAF SIMONS S/S 2008 Super Synthetics The current revolution in so called wonder fabrics doesn’t stop there, as The Future Laboratory’s research team is constantly discovering. While some materials are designed to be worn, others such as cornstarch, densely woven cellulose (a sugar cane extract), tanned perch and fish skins (from Iceland) and even dyed cow stomachs are increasingly being used by designers and furniture makers to reshape and restyle household objects and to create Fashion has long been urged towards being more ethical and organic, and it seems that the sector’s sustainable new packaging ideas. future lies with synthetic materials, rather than natural ones. ‘We’ve even encountered bio-morphic chairs made from hand-shaped and fire-lacquered resins from design companies A recent study by Cambridge University found that synthetic fabrics take less energy to manufacture, wash and like Sawaya & Moroni,’ says Caroline Till, The Future Laboratory’s materials researcher. ‘Architects like OMA have iron than natural materials such as linen or cotton; 60% of the carbon footprint of a cotton t-shirt comes from simply produced fantastic volumetric foam interiors for Prada.’ washing and drying it. The upkeep of synthetics is far more fuel-efficient. A polyester top uses less energy over its lifetime than its cotton counterpart. Wider afield still, we are seeing the emergence of coated textiles with metallic pigments that are strong enough to unfurl across buildings, but malleable enough to be used in furniture and fashion. Luminous fabrics that have no While yummy mummies may shudder at the idea of donning nylon instead of cashmere, forward-looking designers as need of an independent light or battery source to power them are also appearing. The ones we’ve seen can be used in diverse as Gareth Pugh, Basso & Brooke, Miu Miu and Marni are embracing the idea, creating ultramodern synthetics everything from jackets to furniture coverings to interior walls and night clubs. for autumn/winter 07/08. The magic of modern materials doesn’t stop there. Consider ceramic tiles that light up and glow when you connect Pugh takes synthetics in a direction that smacks of fetish, with his glossy PVC raincoats and transparent plastics, one to the other, carbon nanotubes that can be woven into the lightest and softest materials to make them stronger while Consuela Castiglioni at Marni cuts easy, sporty shapes from shiny black rubbers and PVCs. Her designs and more resistant than kryptonite, or chemically bonded nano dyes that can make even the most unsavoury bloke’s emphasise the sophisticated, futuristic qualities of synthetics when paired with earthy wools and cool greys. underwear a joy to sniff and wear by making it bacteria-resistant! Shiny accessories are also key to the futuristic look, with Miu Miu’s laminated fabric bags and Stella McCartney’s We’ve even encountered a process that allows designers, artists, furniture makers, graphic designers and textile grey satin-and-PVC shoes set to become must-haves. printers to produce images on a variety of materials and surfaces from wood to linen. The process uses a computer that mills designs into even the tiniest layers so that intricate and complex images can be permanently imprinted. Looking ahead, for spring/summer 2008 menswear designers are fully embracing the technical capabilities of A brave new world indeed. synthetics, from Raf Simons’ nylon suits and laminated jackets to newcomer Ute Ploier’s monochrome synthetics paired with boxy white cotton shirts and knee-length shorts. by Gwyneth Holland THE : : THE TREND : RISE OF THE MACHINES 26 : 27 THE : : THE TREND : RISE OF THE MACHINES 26 : 27 Light is the medium of choice for a new wave of artists and designers seeking to create stimulating, interactive environments. These new visual experiences, fuelled by developments in cutting-edge display technology and materials, are challenging existing perceptions of surface and structure. Light Futures Light is the medium of choice for a new wave of artists and designers seeking to create stimulating, interactive environments. These new visual experiences, fuelled by developments in cutting-edge display technology and materials, are challenging existing perceptions of surface and structure. A diverse range of designers that includes Paul Cocksedge, United Visual Artists and Moritz Waldemeyer is creating immersive experiences delivered via a combination of LED, traditional lighting and projection technologies. Kubik, a touring outdoor installation and club, harnesses a series of 1,000-litre water tanks, each illuminated and programmed by different vjs, to serve as an oversized video wall. Developed by Balestra Berlin, Kubik invites djs from all over Europe to supplement the visual performance. Simon Heijdens also employs light in a move away from the static. ‘Tree’ involves a computer-generated tree projected onto the side of buildings. It responds subtly to passing foot traffic by shedding leaves which eventually form a realistic swirl of discarded vegetation. Paul Cocksedge’s recent project ‘Private View’ utilises technology as a link between experts and amateur observers, who are led into a dark room with black glass walls. The exhibition behind the glass is only visible through the infrared lenses of digital cameras and mobile phones. Meanwhile, Random International has created a temporary printing machine which ‘prints’ patterns on light sensitive paper using shining pulses of light, in an attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of light. Osman Khan’s ‘Sur La Table’ casts rays of colour, rather than shadows, from the objects placed on it. The colours of bowls, plates and other objects are picked up by a camera above the table, and projected back onto the tabletop to give a rainbow effect. by Caroline Till TOP FROM LEFT TO RIGHT : RANDOM-INTERNATIONAL.SqUARESPACE.COM ‘PRIVATE VIEw’ BY PAUL COCkSEDGE UVA.CO.Uk ‘TREE’ BY SIMON HEIjDENS SIMONHEIjDENS.COM MIDDLE LEFT TO RIGHT : PAULCOCkSEDGE.CO.Uk ‘SUR LA TABLE’ BY OSMAN kHAN OSMANkHAN.COM ‘TEMPORARY PRINTER’ BY RANDOM INTERNATIONAL kUBIkBERLIN.DE BOTTOM : DROOGDESIGN.NL LAMPSHADE DETAIL BY RANDOM INTERNATIONAL THE : : THE TRIBE : ROLODEx TEENS 28 : 29 THE : : THE TRIBE : ROLODEx TEENS 28 : 29 Rolodex Teens TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ROLODEx TEENS AND OTHER SOCIAL TRIBES VISIT OUR LIFE SIGNS NETwORk LIFESIGNSNETwORk.NET LEFT TO RIGHT : With no overarching trend to unite them, PUNk DANDIES Rolodex Teens change their identity at MAD HATTER SUPER SUPER kIDS a click of their MySpace page Increased access to information means that they PHOTOGRAPHY BY GILES PRICE can research the most obscure bygone GILESPRICE.COM eras. Why stop at one? Rolodex Teens chop and change their look and musical taste when they feel like it – just like flipping through a Rolodex. As the lifespan of fads shortens, Rolodex Teens are looking less far back for cultural touchpoints, recycling trends from the last decade or even more recently. We have already seen the return of rave, grunge and metal, which had a first run in this generation’s own lifetime. Artists such as Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Klaxons reference older music styles in their music, and this leads teen listeners to research the styles further. They strive to carve out their own identity by seeking out the underground – think Big in Japan rather than the Sex Pistols. Therefore the internet is essential for the Rolodex Mad Hatters ‘The reasons why teens want to make a statement have not Teen. Never before have they been able to research changed that much. They still want to assert their identity, ‘We’re a group set on world domination through tearooms these subcultures in such minute detail. Original video attract like-minded people and distance themselves from across the world. We also have coachloads of style. footage is available on sites such as YouTube, Revver and their parents’ generation.’ I suppose it’s a rebellion against the cliché of upper-class AllHipHop. Old songs can be found on download sites Englishmen who drink tea: we are redefining it as a such as iTunes or eMusic or P2P sites such as LimeWire Postcode Trends something anyone can do. I’d rather have tea and cake and Soulseek. than Wotsits and lager any time of the day.’ Rolodex Teens express pride in where they come from and For the Rolodex Teen interested in disco, vaguely having revel in telling stories of their locale to the whole world via Mad Hatters are local teen communities based around heard of Studio 54 is not good enough. It’s about knowing social networking. Brands and marketers need to address the old-fashioned fun of throwing a tea party with close the roles of David Mancuso and Larry Levan in the early this ultra-local aspect of the youth market. Take RiUvEn, friends, dubbed ‘Tea Cake Tuesdays’. Nostalgic, disco scene, why clubs such as the Gallery, Continental a rapper from Liverpool, who has almost 3,000 friends young fogeyish and cheerfully middle-class, this group Baths and Paradise Garage were so important, what on his MySpace account. He raps about roads in Toxteth is also about resisting youth stereotypes and dissociating labels were worn and what drugs were taken. where he is from, typical Liverpool Saturday nights and from virtual socialising. his football club (LFC) in a strong Scouse accent, peppered The Adaptive Generation with Liverpool slang. However, thanks to word-of-internet, there are Tea Cake Martin Lindstrom, author of BRANDchild and Tuesday chapters all around the UK and as far away as In Essex and the London suburbs, Nike Air Max 95s BRANDsense, notes that kids adapt trends substantially Madrid, Paris and Los Angeles. Super Super Kids are known as ‘One Tens’ because they cost £110. This quicker than adults. ‘Adults are able to handle 1.7 rebranding of product is postcode specific. Ask about One ‘What makes me excited about being nu rave is that it channels at the same time, whereas kids can handle 5.4 Punk Dandies Tens in Manchester and people will have no idea what you could become the trend of the 00s, one of the remembered channels at the same time (and still understand are talking about. ‘I like my shoes to have a point and my trousers to be tight. eras like the swinging 60s. I just love being part of what they’re reading, watching, playing or hearing). I have a preference for ‘proper’ shirts. I like scarves and something that isn’t conventional.’ This is one of the main reasons why they adapt trends We see teenage girls in Bethnal Green, London, wearing cravats, but worn in the right way. Whatever I wear it’s quicker – simply because they’ve established a hunger pyjama bottoms while knocking about town, while going to be tight.’ The outrageous Super Super Kids, at the extreme end for trends (and news).’ clubbers at Boombox in London have taken to wearing of the nu rave movement, are recognised for their retro calculators around their necks. We have noticed Dandy meets indie in the Punk Dandy tribe. It’s Syd extravagant, brightly coloured clothes. Inspired by late Dedicated Followers of Fashion Oxford teenagers mixing scruffy tracksuit bottoms with Barrett rather than Noël Coward, cravat and skinny jeans 80s/early 90s rave scene, they are the 21st century’s As catwalk looks are copied faster and more faithfully cummerbunds. over top-to-toe tailoring; suit-wearing guitar bands trump fun-loving, party-mashing club kids. Super Supers, by high-street brands such as Topshop, H&M and big band. Punk Dandies seek to distinguish themselves aged from 13 to 20something, are found in cities all Zara, how teens dress is levelling out. Websites such as ‘We also see the reaction from certain youth segments and their style by dressing up rather than down, unlike over the UK. Shareyourlook, on which users worldwide post pictures away from globalisation, which in turn drives them to many other Rolodex Teens. Punk Dandies interpret of their outfits, show just how high-street homogeneity feel favourably toward local shops,’ says Douglas Dunn, dandyism in their own individual way. This group Being Super Super is about being free. They dress has taken over. Rolodex Teens rebel against this by managing director of the research agency Tuned In. identifies with counterculturalism and anti-capitalism individually and listen to a mash-up of new and old indie, putting together outlandish outfits in order to stand out. ‘This extends within the segment to not wanting to wear and is committed to its bygone affiliations and vintage rave, hip hop and disco. They relish the old-school video ‘If the 80s and 90s were about brands, the 00s is about the logo of a global brand, or at least not ostentatiously, wardrobes. Their intensity and single-mindedness about games, DIY sound-recording machines and modern-day style,’ says Sarah Bentley, the BBC’s Culture Shock youth resulting in the recent success of companies like Topshop fashion and life in general is one of the driving forces computer sounds. For Super Supers, it isn’t nostalgia: they culture commentator. and H&M who feature, on the whole, unbranded ranges.’ behind their distinctive look. weren’t there the first time round. THE : : THE ONE : MUST HAVES 30 : 31 THE : : THE ONE : MUST HAVES 30 : 31 The things we can’t the ash should be dispersed after Exhibition : Art and Sex Store : Carlos Miele, Paris Gadget : $100 Laptop cremation,’ says Jarvis. Her newest live without design, the ‘Scatter’ urn, is designed from Antiquity to Now Asymptote’s new Paris store for The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) The One to be hung from a tree, so that fashion designer Carlos Miele campaign has been grabbing movement of the tree in the wind If you happen to be in London between 12 October 2007 and 27 January combines the intricacy of Miele’s lace the headlines for its humanitarian allows the holes in the base to slowly and satin creations with classic mission to spread XO computers scatter a loved one’s ashes. The 2008 be sure to visit Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now at the Barbican. Parisian Art Deco style and a touch across the developing world. cremains can be divided between of Stanley Kubrick. Even those with access to a plethora several urns so that friends and This explicit show features artists that include Jeff Koons, Tracey of technology can’t help but appreciate family members can be involved. ‘We were inspired by the final scene Yves Béhar’s rugged design, and The urns are being showcased Emin, Matthew Barney, Francis in 2001: A Space Odyssey, how it inside, its pragmatic features and Movie : The King of Kong at funeral arts company Funeria. Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Beardsley combines rococo and ultra-modern innovative interface. and Picasso, as well as Roman marbles, Indian manuscripts, styles,’ says Hani Rashid, principal of This tale of arcade game supremacy Renaissance paintings, Chinese prints Asymptote Architecture. Each XO is a wireless router, spans two decades. Seth Gordon’s and Japanese woodcuts spanning meaning that children can connect directorial debut follows the story 2,000 years. The store is a minimal container with their peers in the community, of Billy Mitchell, 80s Donkey Kong with a Parisian influence. Rounded, see what they are up to and join record holder, and Steve Wiebe, a But be warned, the exhibition isn’t for futuristic shapes in shimmering in. The XO also runs open-source classic beta man who stumbles upon the sexually faint-hearted and is for materials such as mother-of-pearl, software which allows the users to Donkey Kong when laid off from his over-18s only. smooth lacquer and polished white reshape programmes to suit them. job over 20 years later. stone create a mist-like atmosphere. Designer : This technology is still niche in the Wiebe surpasses Mitchell’s record, A computer-milled polymer lattice Nutre Arayavanish developed world, meaning that the swooping around the space evokes OLPC project could help developing which is the starting point for this Miele’s use of lace and curvaceous Thai designer Nutre Arayavanish nations Leapfrog‚ the west. charming documentary. It is not so Art Nouveau style. brings a new meaning to the term much the subject that makes this film, but more the manner in which flat-pack with her beautiful and Forthcoming projects from Asymptote witty jewellery, which explores the Mitchell and Wiebe seek to protect include a new Carlos Miele store in relationship between 2D and 3D their standing, having found the one São Paulo, the tallest building in Asia forms. Rings and necklaces are thing at which they truly excel. and a 50-storey luxury apartment Festival : Lake of Stars block in Abu Dhabi. 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THE : : THE LAST wORD : wE TOLD YOU SO 32 : Roofvertising We said : ‘Originally roof advertisements were limited to buildings by airports, capturing the attention of excited passengers starting or finishing their travels. The introduction of Google Earth has given a new lease of life to roofvertising.’ (The Future Laboratory Trend Briefing, Autumn 2006) Now : Advertisers are embracing Google Earth’s possibilities for striking adverts, with Target, Ikea and Continental Airlines branding the roofs of their buildings. The trend has evolved into movie studios creating oversized ads to promote blockbuster releases; the ads can only be fully seen from the air. Our favourite is the recent 70m by 50m Homer Simpson painted alongside the famous 17th-century giant fertility symbol carved into the hillside at Cerne Abbas in Dorset. Finally, here is advertising to match the size of Hollywood’s ambitions. We Told You So The Last Word Secret Cities We said : ‘Cities can be explored and rediscovered with new way-finding devices and interactive technology. This encourages people to look at their surroundings in new ways.’ (The Future Laboratory Trend Briefing, Spring 2007) Now : Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is being used to help pedestrians navigate Tokyo’s notoriously confusing city streets. RFIDs transmit 3D images of the city to pedestrians’ PDAs, showing streets and store locations. In the future, the technology could be developed to promote specific stores or locations when a shopper is looking for a particular item, such as a digital camera. The RFIDs would map a path to the store via a link sponsored by the retailer, as well as providing a personalised service once they arrive. W(h)ealthcare Futures We said : ‘Health and wealth have long been contributing factors to our lifestyle choices but it is the integration of the two, resulting in the emergence of a new economic and lifestyle concept, that will change our sense of luxury and life choices in the future.’ (Viewpoint #15, Spring 2004) Now : W(h)ealthcare breaks are common holiday choices. Research from Mintel indicates that in the last year Britons went on no less than 205,000 health and wellness holidays, to benefit from yoga classes, holistic healing, spa visits or even to recuperate from surgery. In 2006 Britons spent an estimated £135m on this type of holiday. Mintel predicts that sales of wellness holidays are set to increase by as much as 150% by 2011. Tea Chic We said : ‘A fashionable clientele of tea-drinkers are allowing themselves the daily ritual of a tea break. Tea bars are starting to take hold, offering a fresh emphasis on tradition, personalisation, ritual and health. Taking afternoon tea at London hotels such as the Ritz, Claridge’s and the Westbury currently has to be booked six weeks in advance.’ (The Future Laboratory Newsletter, Summer 2005) Now : Tea has become a key ritual for the cool crowd in London’s East End, from the new tea-and-burlesque parties run by Viva Cake to the Last Tuesday Society’s literary tea parties and the revival of tea dances in south London. We’re also seeing the emergence of a new generation of elegant tea salons, such as Tea Smith in east London. Smokeasies We said : ‘Smokers worldwide are running out of space. Some governments and councils are even moving to stop people from smoking in their cars. Ingenious smokers, however, are coming up with new ways to beat the ban and get their hit.’ (The Future Laboratory Newsletter, Summer 2006) Now : Smokeasies are popping up in no-smoking US cities such as Seattle and New York, as the illicit thrill of smoking in a bar evokes the seedy glamour of moonshine liquor during Prohibition. We are also seeing the rise of ‘smocial networking’, the new networks being built with the likeminded people that smokers meet while enjoying a quick drag outside bars and clubs.