Better Future - Experience-driven Objects - Benjamin Hubert

31 May 2019 | Lucy Grant

The objects in our lives have many dimensions – they must serve our needs, be resilient and sustainable and delight us - Benjamin Hubert is one such master of all these dimensions. 

Over the last decade, we have seen a complement of projects that demonstrate Benjamin’s strong hand. Like a music composer, he is the expert of evolving the design language, making each project at once unique yet somehow familiar – and that is just at the surface. Looking deeper into Benjamin’s work, his expedition to a Better Future becomes clear, with work that achieves not just aesthetic magic but functional and environmental magic too.

Recently at Clerkenwell Design Week Benjamin was speaking to the challenges of material choice and environmental impact; the advantages of single material items in the recycling process and the capacity to design an object that has a long use to ensure the maximum value is gained out of the invested energy inside the object – no doubt this future-thinking extends far beyond most people’s fundamental understanding of ‘recycling’.

Benjamin and his studio Layer Design are pushing material boundaries, providing us with greater choices and providing an opportunity to reduce our footprint. It is a pleasure to observe Benjamin and his team as they remain conscious of their choices impacting the planet and make decisions that reduce and extend the value from manufactured items. Despite being a master of these decisions, Benjamin does not claim to have all the answers and is instead continually asking sophisticated questions and creating unique products that will help define the way we live, work and communicate in the future.

Take a look below to see some of Benjamin and Layer Design's projects.

GO - a 3D printed consumer wheelchair
Move - Airbus prototype airline seat
Pal - an intelligent modular personal transport system
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