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LANDER flat-pack table (In Development)
Contact Tim Parsons for further details.

Acknowledging Mid-Century works by the Eames’ and Noguchi, Lander achieves strength through
essential geometry and economical design. Made in Chicago, it uses simple rod and sheet metal
bending processes to create a lightweight demountable structure. Three triangular stainless steel rod
legs insert into corners of the hexagonal sheet steel top and are held in tension by three stainless steel
clips near the feet. The hexagonal top and triangular footprint make multiples of the table easy to
tessellate to create larger surfaces. The table top comes powder coated in white, light green or light blue,
the latter two being popular colors of precision machine tools such as lathes and milling machines.
Lander comes flat packed and is easy to assemble using the three stainless steel clips. The first prototype
of Lander was on show in the Chicagoland exhibit at Wanted Design 2014.

SPECTACULAR VERNACULAR talk at Core77 Design Conference, NYC, June 19th
Tim and I will be giving a talk at Core77's Object Culture one-day conference in June entitled
'Spectacular Vernacular'. Our presentation will discuss how many of our projects have the quality of
being almost or apparently one thing, but are in fact another. What is apparently real is actually
fictional. What looks familiar is also somewhat out of place. What looks mass produced is actually
unique. What appears vernacular might, on closer scrutiny reveal the spectacular. This shift in
perception through encountering the work is designed to prompt reevaluation. These not quite mass-
consumed-products or 'quasi-objects' are often embedded in fictional scenarios, created by us to
encourage the viewer to rethink the conventional desires of commodity culture, extending them into
previously underexplored territory.

NEW SURVIVALISM: Alternative 'Bug Out Bags'
For the upcoming Istanbul Design Biennial we will be creating a series of alternative survival kits for
short-term evacuation after a disaster. As a limited and contained set of objects, the contents acts as a
comfort blanket for our uncertain future, revealing our deepest hopes, fears and convictions at the most
critical moment. This project takes a speculative design approach to survivalism and asks “what alter-
native scenarios of survival are there that avoid the bunker mentality and respond to currently emerging
research into technological change, environmental conditions and belief systems?.' Thinking of what
would go into one’s own Bug Out Bag is therefore an easily understood act of speculative design that
prompts reflection on our own values and principles.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE INTERVIEW - Why sci-fi is obsessed with the near future
A nice chap from the Chicago Tribune came round to our studio the other week to chat sci-fi, futures,
speculative design and teaching at SAIC. As a result he wrote this article about how sci-fi has rooted
itself in technology and concerns of the short term, rather than the far-flung. It outlines our teaching
and various approaches to futures relating to our design practice.It continues with interviews from
novelist Richard Powers, MIT Media Lab researcher Sophia Brueckner and Eli Horowitz former man-
aging editor of the McSweeney’s literary journal. (Photo Credits: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune)