Innovation & Technology: Philips Design Probes by Philippa Wagner

Last Friday was the final working day for the team at Philips Design Probes.  Pushing the boundaries of design interactions, technology and future living for 17 years, they have scoped the design landscape to give us thought provoking projects.

From the early days of merging fashion and technology in the first wearable electronics, when I was lucky enough to be a founder member of the team, previously known as ‘Intelligent Fibers’, it grew into a world-renowned team who offered us a vision of the future.

Investigating topics such as sustainable living and the future of food, design concepts included rapid prototyped food and diagnostic chocolate, and their most recent project The Microbial Home.

Director, and undeniable visionary of the group for the 17 years, Clive van Heerden sent out a personal farewell to those lucky enough to have been involved over the years.

“We were given a unique opportunity through the Design Probe programme to explore a wide range of issues and work with amazing artistic, design and engineering talent both within and beyond Philips Design. We feel privileged to have worked for an organization that had the open-mindedness and courage to assert a position in the global design and technology community and to engage in the debates about the role and scope of designers in general.”

Probes will be missed, but watch this space as Clive and Jack Mama transmutate into a new being and era. – Philippa Wagner.

Images courtesy of Philips Design Probes.

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