The objects we buy and use are made of a range of naturally occurring and manufactured materials. But in the last decade, there has been increased demand for and intensive research into finding ecologically sound alternatives.
On June 14, during San Francisco Design Week, 10 young industrial designers spend a full day in our design lab working with one of the most innovative new materials,FluidSolids, developed in Switzerland. Made entirely of industrial by-products and fully biodegradable, it offers flexibility in production and application, and replaces the need for metal or plastic.
Join us after the workshop to see what the Design Lab participants created as the jury announces a winner. And participate in the panel discussion and audience Q&A on the future of design using new, sustainable materials.
Fabienne Barras is project leader at the Swiss Design Prize and is responsible for the biennale competition and exhibition. In parallel, she runs Sapic, a studio for spatial design, storytelling, and scenography. Previously, she worked on several exhibitions as well as corporate, public, culture, and arts events for Bellprat Associates, Habegger AG, Worldspan International, and X-Tra production. She studied Media Design at the F+F School of Art and Media Design.
John Hamilton is currently the Director of Design at Coalesse, the premium brand of global furnishings that specializes in differentiated work experiences. Here, he is responsible for product development direction, showroom design and implementation, and surface material strategy. He is managing a multi-disciplinary studio of 10 in San Francisco that designs and directs the new product development with a team of researchers, interior architects, and product designers. John also has recent experience as the Global Design Director at Steelcase Asia Pacific, a global leader in office furniture and design.
Beat Karrer founded FluidSolids in 2012, and was nominated for the Swiss Design Prize for innovation in new materials in 2013. FluidSolids develops biobased materials and technologies and has has been outsourced as an independent company from his design firm Studio Beat Karrer. Since 1993 the Zurich-based designer and his team develop new products for renowned clientele including Boffi, DuPont Corian World, OFFECT Röthlisberger and toosB. The studio Karrer has won several international prizes for his designs, which often are unusual in their approach yet very functional and practical in their daily application. He is also an active visiting teacher, participates in juries and leads workshops, for example for the Vitra Design Museum. Karrer's ideas have appeared in many publications and various books.
Thomas Overthun is an associate partner and the design director at IDEO in San Francisco, and has been working for the company since 1993. Prior to IDEO, Overthun was part of the internal design team of the Dutch electronics company Philips and has since gone on to develop a strong expertise in the areas of contract furniture and ergonomic seating, office and consumer electronics, kitchen tools and appliances, and personal care and sports products. His client list includes Audible, Balanced Body, Brooks England, Cisco, Eastman, Fizik, Microsoft, National Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble, and Steelcase
Collin Owen was raised in the deep south on a steady diet of trails, mischief, and tinkering. He was made (mostly) civil at Rice University (B.A. in Arch, B. of Arch.) and Art Center College of Design (M.S.I.D.). With a few others, he founded Sparse, an urban cycling focused manufacturer of bicycle parts and accessories. Prior to Sparse, he served a diverse set of clients including Wireless Generation, Nokia, NASA, Nike, Intel, Biodesign, and Terrazign. He is an Assistant Professor at CCA in San Francisco.
After graduating from the University of Art and Design in Zurich, Lukas Scherrer deepened his understanding of design working in architecture and in the world of luxury goods at Bally. Joining Bay Area-based IDEO in 2004, he demonstrated his creative capacity by designing complex medical devices for Medtronic, consumer electronics for Western Digital, and furniture for Steelcase. He sat on the nominating committee for the current edition of the Design Preis Schweiz, and his works have won several international design awards of their own, such as the IDSA/IDEA, IF, Spark, and Best of Neocon.
In 2008, Scherrer co-founded mimijumi, a design-driven maker of goods for the modern family. Building on his success as a Senior Designer at IDEO, Scherrer launched the San Francisco-based design studio SHIBULERU in 2010. Scherrer's new company directs design for industrial production with the benefit of wide-ranging experience spanning graphic design to architectural interventions. SHIBULERU marries award-winning expertise with a passion for beauty and precision. By celebrating all the elements of the design trade, and by taking the needs of businesses as seriously as the user context, SHIBULERU creates engaging products and meaningful, lasting experiences.