Europe – Parisian architect Anthony Authié and design studio Supertoys Supertoys are joining forces to imagine what furniture will look like in a post-anthropocentric world.
The project's conceptual world is depicted as a snowy archaeological site in an extraterrestrial society – somewhere on an uninhabitable Earth in the year 4020. The furniture series, dubbed Arctic Monkeys Artefacts 4020, features organic yet familiar forms that can be seen as artefacts of this future time – an era of 'post-modern animism,' where all objects become subjects.
Although Authié’s and Supertoys Supertoys’ fictional world is uninhabitable for humans, it also leaves hopeful cues for the legacy of man-made design. While the collection takes inspiration from sci-fi films and mechanical shapes, their soft curves are reminiscent of human-centric design.
With society now grappling with uncertainty and the vast potential for change, product designers are pushing consumers to reflect on how we inhabit our current world. In the Living Machine design direction, we explore the visual landscape of our possible futures.