Words by Antti Rimminen | Pictures courtesy of Jenny Lee

Over a few seasons now, the theme around an enhanced human being has been recurring in many trend forecasts. An interesting topic from both the scientific and the artistic points of view, here is Around’s summary of some thought-provoking projects for inspiration.

Technology can help us overcome the limitations of our own body and mind. It will help improve human incapacities in areas such as memory, hearing, stamina, intellect, disease – and even prolong human life. Science is close to being able to reproduce human tissues; creating new skin and printing out replacement body parts will probably be possible in the future.

Jenny Lee for Studio Aikieu: Future Human 2070

Future Human 2070 by Jenny Lee / Trend inspiration
Future Human 2070 by Jenny Lee

Imagine spring 2070; you may not be waiting for the season’s clothing to arrive at the stores but instead eagerly waiting for the season’s skin collection to be made public. This was the idea behind Studio Aikieu’s Future Human 2070 – visioning how we may change our appearance by artificial skin. Designer of the concept is Jenny Lee while Holition provided the technology for the project.

Future Human 2070 is proposing a concept where technologists become the designers of the future, utilising technology as their design tools, to craft the new future human.

Immateriality is the S/S 2070 collection of digital skins, inspired by morphogenesis and mineral crystallisation processes.

Future Human 2070 by Jenny Lee / Trend Inspiration
Future Human 2070 by Jenny Lee

Edible skin by Ali Schachtschneider

Ali Schachtschneider is a designer and artist who has contemplated on the idea of our human bodies as an organism growing new materia. As part of her VIVORIUM project, edible skin was her idea of growing an extra layer of skin by each individual, something to solve our problem with providing food for those in need. The concept revolves around the idea of a second skin grown with tissue culture and worn while semi-living, then removed and consumed as part of a meal.

The Bionic Man

On a more realistic scale, technology is already allowing us things we never thought possible. Thought-controlled prosthetics are one of the incredible inventions of our time. Just take a look at the New York Times short documentary The Bionic Man.

Les Baugh lost both his arms as a teenager, and until now he has managed the everyday chores with various tools he uses with his feet and mouth. Engineers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to give his arms back, but better. Mr. Baugh is testing a robotic prosthetic that he can control with his mind.

Aura Powered Clothing

These responsive garments by Fuseproject and the robotics company Superflex feature “electric muscles” that assist elderly wearers to walk, stand up and climb stairs.

The Aura Powered Clothing collection investigates how design could help the everyday lives of the aging population. Made from lightweight and flexible material, this undergarment gives the muscles extra strength through a series of motors housed in hexagonal pods located in different parts of the body. The hardware pods are removable to make the garment cleanable. Powered clothing has the clear ability to expand and extend our human potential, providing strength and confidence to participate fully and richly in the world.

Sources for this article include Oltmans van Niekerk and Pantone View.