Professor Carole Collet

Professor Carole Collet

Carole Collet has dedicated her career to developing a new vision for design, and pioneered the discipline of Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in 2000. She is now Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, CSM-LVMH Director of Sustainable Innovation and Director of the Design & Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts.

Her research focuses on exploring the intersection of biology and design to develop innovative and disruptive sustainable design proposals. Her recent curation of ‘Alive, New Design Frontiers’ ( questions the emerging role of the designer when working with living materials and technologies such as synthetic biology, and establishes an original framework for designing with the living via the lens of sustainability. One of Collet’s characteristics is that she takes on different research roles, from designer, to curator and educator. This enables her to develop an informed critique of both the design outputs and the design contexts, from making knowledge to framing knowledge. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and she regularly contributes to conferences on the subject of textile futures, biodesign, biomimicry, synthetic biology, future manufacturing and bio-materiality, sustainable design and climate change.

The D&LS Lab aims at exploring the interface of biological sciences and design to challenge established craft and manufacturing paradigms and propose new sustainable materials and forms of production for the future. The lab includes a range of projects, from textile research to curatorial work, that explore new and future bio-materialities and question the notion of the hand-made, the man-made and the ‘grow-made’.

The lab has established a framework to design with living systems and operates via three main design strategies where:
• Nature is a model (biomimicry principles)
• Nature is a co-worker (horticulture and permaculture principles)
• Nature is a reprogrammable system (bioengineering and synthetic biology principles)

Design & Living Systems Lab

Professor Carole Collet Carole Collet


Biodesign, Biomimicry, Synthetic biology, Future Manufacturing and Bio-materiality

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