RIP Philips Design probes

31st March 2012

Sadly yesterday was the last day of the Philips Design probes team. Having been pushing the boundaries of design interactions, technology and future living for 17 years their position on design futures has scoped the design landscape and given us thought provoking projects.

From its early days of merging fashion and technology in the first wearable electronics (where I was lucky enough to be a founder member of the team),then known as 'Intelligent Fibres' it grew into the world renowned team that offered us a vision of the future.

Concepts around topics of sustainable living to the future of 'Food' with concepts of rapid prototyped food and diagnostic chocolate to their most recent project 'The Microbal home'.

Director and undeniable visionary of the group for the 17 years Clive van Heerden sent out a farewell e mail 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 organisation 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.'

True words indeed. Probes will be missed, but watch this space as Clive and Jack Mama transmutate into a new being and era.

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