WHAT IS THE F_T_R?

The F_T_R is a design studio that imagines and creates the future. We project a blurring of the lines between physical and digital, where illusion meets reality, and where all senses are considered and designed for.

We work at the intersection of speculation, imagination, prediction and realization. Our work ranging between installations, new products, films, interactions and even entire realities - we create new experiences for people that make future technologies and visions tangible.

Combining expertise in engineering, trend forecasting, product design, architecture, and fashion, we are an interdisciplinary practice that does not limit itself to any single field or process.

We weave between the physical and the digital, between 2D and 3D and between the past, present, and future, to create the most innovative, plausible, and seamless experiences.

 


WHO ARE THE F_T_R? 

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.

 

 


EXHIBITIONS & TALKS

 

Innovation in Haptics, Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK, 2017

Friday Late: V&A x Boiler Room, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 2017

Look Forward Festival, Gaîté Lyrique Museum, Paris, France 2017

Founders Forum, London, UK, 2017

VERSIONS, New Museum, New York, USA, 2017

Most Contagious, London, UK, 2016

MIT Hacking Arts Festival, MIT Media Lab, Boston, USA, 2016

Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of our Time, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 2016

FRAME Magazine: What's the Matter? Design for a Phygital World, Fuorisalone Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy, 2016


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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