Panel Discussion and Book Signing

Radical Matter: Rethinking materials for a sustainable future

To mark the launch of FranklinTill’s new book, Radical Matter, this evening event brings together a panel of material innovators and thinkers to discuss new approaches to sustainable design.

What to expect

Hair and dust. Soot and sawdust. Fungus and cellulose. All over the world, an emerging generation of designers and makers are rethinking raw materials and presenting radical solutions to the challenges of designing in the modern world.

From dwindling planetary resources to a prevalent ‘take-make-discard’ model of consumption, design has helped nurture the seeds of environmental destruction, creating unprecedented levels of waste and new forms of material scarcity. And yet, in response to these challenges, designers, scientists and makers are creating original solutions and possibilities: pioneering new technologies, crossing disciplines, promoting collaboration and seeing opportunities for new and exciting making materials where their predecessors saw only waste.

To celebrate the launch of their new book Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future, FranklinTill chair a panel discussion bringing together a group of material innovators and thinkers that represent what could become a new model for design practice.

Booking information

Adult: £10
Student/concession: £7.50
Members: £7.50


Permenant fold by Carole Collet

Self patterning mycelium rubber by Carole Collet

Collection 1 by Crafting Plastics

The Peoples Brick Co by Something & Son

The Peoples Brick Co by Something & Son

Well Proven chair by James Shaw & Marjen Van Aubel

Well Proven chair by James Shaw & Marjen Van Aubel

Material illusions by Sophie Rowley

Material illusions by Sophie Rowley


Caroline Till

Caroline Till is co-founder of FranklinTill and co-author of Radical Matter: Rethinking materials for a sustainable future published by Thames & Hudson. Previously directing the Material Futures course at Central Saint Martins, Caroline’s expertise is routed in sustainable design practices, design innovation and future


Carole Collet

Carole Collet has dedicated her career to developing a new vision for sustainable design, and pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures in 2000. She is the CSM-LVMH Director of Sustainable Innovation at Central Saint Martins UAL, as well as Director of the Design & Living Systems Lab, a programme exploring the interface of the biological sciences and

James Shaw

James Shaw is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and now runs a studio in South London specialising in the design and manufacture of furniture, products, sculptural objects with a focus on material research. His work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Montreal Museum of Art and the Vitra Design Museum among

Zoe Laughlin

Zoe Laughlin is the co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making at University College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome

Paul Smyth

Paul Smyth is a London based technologist and artist. He is a co-founder of Makerversity and design studio Something & Son. Something & Son is a collaborative and activist led collective working across art, design and architecture creating diverse work that is socially and environmentally driven. Their projects aim to inspires the change they wish to see in the