‘Nanotechnology is already here. But how does this affect our daily life? How will this change our relationship with food and packaging? Come and visit the Global Nanolamination Centre Ltd for a taste of an alternative future.’

The Design Museum asked MA Material Futures to create a series of installations, each of which educated the viewers on an emerging technology and challenged how this will impact future manufacturing. These were set up as part of the Future Factory Symposium at the Design Museum. Members of the public then entered each ‘factory’ and became part of an educational performance of each future scenario.

The ‘Nano Lamination Factory’ challenges the use of nanotechnology and our understanding of how this technology could impact our future. Currently, fruit and vegetables are coated in an artificial wax layer before being placed within plastic packaging as a means of protection and preservation. We imagine a future in which these methods of coating are replaced with edible nano cellulose, created within the walls of our ‘Future Factory’.

Elissa Brunato [elissabrunato.com]
Josh Cotton [@josh_cotton_design]
Carolina Perez Leon
Molly Bonnell [@molly_bonnell, mollybonnell.com]
Madelyn Santa

Photography by Marta Giralt Dunjó and Carolina Perez Leon.