The F_T_R

THE FTR / FOUNDERS OF TOMORROWS REALITY / THINKERS CREATORS DESIGNERS TECHNOLOGISTS


ABOUT US


 

The F_T_R is a London-based interaction design studio that works on creating engaging and delightful experiences through contextually considered storytelling.

We are an interdisciplinary team of sensory architects who combine expertise in trend forecasting, product design, engineering and architecture to tackle innovation briefs with an experimental design approach.

By exploring new technologies, product categories and contexts, we work at the intersection of speculation, provocation, and realisation, weaving between physical and digital, fluidly traveling between the past, present and future.

With a focus on human-computer interaction and physical-digital cooperation, we deliver tangible propositions of tomorrow, today.


TEAM


ANDRÉ MCQUEEN The Thinker Residing in the future and considered to be an Ideas Bank, where vision is the currency. André is a multi-faceted innovation architect and design strategist. Born in London and originally a graduate of Footwear Design, at Cordwainers@London College of Fashion. André worked for several years as a Trend Forecaster in the Creative Intelligence sector for WGSN. Later moving to Stylus: Innovation and Advisory, working on several innovation platforms including Sustainable Futures, Digital Worlds and Design Innovation before completing a double Masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. André is a Visiting Lecturer of Future Theory at London South Bank University, Fashion Retail Academy and Hongik University, South Korea. With a talent for Brand DNA, interpretation and consumer engagement André excels in articulating the questions through research and insights that identifies consumer/user needs. When not working on today’s reality, he is thinking of tomorrow’s

ANDRÉ MCQUEEN

The Thinker

Residing in the future and considered to be an Ideas Bank, where vision is the currency. André is a multi-faceted innovation architect and design strategist.

Born in London and originally a graduate of Footwear Design, at Cordwainers@London College of Fashion. André worked for several years as a Trend Forecaster in the Creative Intelligence sector for WGSN. Later moving to Stylus: Innovation and Advisory, working on several innovation platforms including Sustainable Futures, Digital Worlds and Design Innovation before completing a double Masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

André is a Visiting Lecturer of Future Theory at London South Bank University, Fashion Retail Academy and Hongik University, South Korea.

With a talent for Brand DNA, interpretation and consumer engagement André excels in articulating the questions through research and insights that identifies consumer/user needs.

When not working on today’s reality, he is thinking of tomorrow’s

CHARLOTTE FURET The Creator Working across scales, countries, and disciplines, Charlotte is a versatile designer who works at the intersection of technology, engineering, art, and design. Born and raised in Paris, she studied Architecture at Barnard College, Columbia University. Hoping to use architecture and design as a means for positive change, she spent extensive time working in developing countries, designing, prototyping, testing and implementing products, systems, and services aimed at improving people's lives. Charlotte also spent time working at a research and strategy consultancy, helping companies design products which better fit their consumers' needs.  While pursuing a double masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, she learned to experiment with new technologies like synthetic biology and virtual reality to design future experiences.  She is most excited about imagining, designing, and creating the future. 

CHARLOTTE FURET

The Creator

Working across scales, countries, and disciplines, Charlotte is a versatile designer who works at the intersection of technology, engineering, art, and design.

Born and raised in Paris, she studied Architecture at Barnard College, Columbia University. Hoping to use architecture and design as a means for positive change, she spent extensive time working in developing countries, designing, prototyping, testing and implementing products, systems, and services aimed at improving people's lives. Charlotte also spent time working at a research and strategy consultancy, helping companies design products which better fit their consumers' needs. 

While pursuing a double masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, she learned to experiment with new technologies like synthetic biology and virtual reality to design future experiences

She is most excited about imagining, designing, and creating the future. 

CATHERINE (KA HEI) SUEN The Designer Challenging human capability and connecting the dots by design. Catherine is a multi-disciplinary innovation designer and creative. Born in Hong Kong and a graduate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She worked for several years as an Product Design Consultant working closely with over 20 international clients such as Logitech and Philips and graduated with a double Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Catherine was involved in designing for a number of different industries and start-ups and managing many award-winning design projects such as Red Dot, IF design award and was selected as one of the under age 40 Hong Kong Design Talents 2013. Her cross-disciplinary and inquisitive backgrounds help clients to answer tomorrow’s critical questions by integrating science, technology and creativity. She enjoys working with complexity, uncertainly and maximize future design possibilities.

CATHERINE (KA HEI) SUEN

The Designer

Challenging human capability and connecting the dots by design. Catherine is a multi-disciplinary innovation designer and creative.

Born in Hong Kong and a graduate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She worked for several years as an Product Design Consultant working closely with over 20 international clients such as Logitech and Philips and graduated with a double Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Catherine was involved in designing for a number of different industries and start-ups and managing many award-winning design projects such as Red Dot, IF design award and was selected as one of the under age 40 Hong Kong Design Talents 2013.

Her cross-disciplinary and inquisitive backgrounds help clients to answer tomorrow’s critical questions by integrating science, technology and creativity.

She enjoys working with complexity, uncertainly and maximize future design possibilities.

GEORGE PHILIP WRIGHT The Technologist George is a next generation engineer: a scientist that embraces design thinking to see beyond the limitations of possibility and instead ask: what if?  Originally from Leeds, UK, George is a graduate of Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. A scholar of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), George worked for several years as technology and strategy consultant before branching into design. His life ambition to become an inventor led him to the double Masters program of Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) at the Royal College of Art. Studying as James Dyson Foundation Scholar, George learnt to reject the limitations of the engineering mindset and push projects beyond the typical scientific comfort zone, and into the unknown. George’s toolbox ranges from the physical to the digital. From hardware to software, lathes to algorithms, design to engineering. He is driven by a rich imagination and fueled by technology.    

GEORGE PHILIP WRIGHT

The Technologist

George is a next generation engineer: a scientist that embraces design thinking to see beyond the limitations of possibility and instead ask: what if? 

Originally from Leeds, UK, George is a graduate of Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. A scholar of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), George worked for several years as technology and strategy consultant before branching into design.

His life ambition to become an inventor led him to the double Masters program of Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) at the Royal College of Art. Studying as James Dyson Foundation Scholar, George learnt to reject the limitations of the engineering mindset and push projects beyond the typical scientific comfort zone, and into the unknown.

George’s toolbox ranges from the physical to the digital. From hardware to software, lathes to algorithms, design to engineering.

He is driven by a rich imagination and fueled by technology.

 

 


SELECTED PRESS


PRINT

Frame Magazine, Netherlands

HK01, Hong Kong

Metatrend, South Korea

Most Contagious, United Kingdom

PLOT magazine, Germany

Viewpoint Magazine, United Kingdom


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