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Brief Published: 18 Apr 2013

Milan 2013: Tjep – Future Nostalgia


Product design met human biology at this year’s Milan Design Week. Dutch designers Frank Tjepkema and Eric Wolthuis debuted Future Nostalgia – a collection of furniture pieces based on digital 3D maps of human DNA sequences. 

The designers used a computer program created by Tjepkema that translates human DNA into 2D or 3D abstract images, which then serve as a starting point for their designs. Although the duo used their own families’ DNA, they suggest future customers could commission pieces derived from their own data. 

For more on the ways in which consumers are engaging with their biology – also referred to as ‘bio-hacking’ – see Stylus’ Citizen Science report and our thread on MiniOn, a disposable DNA sequencing device.