It's been a big 12 months for young British designer
Benjamin Hubert, who caused a stir when he declared that furniture was a "saturated" market at Design Indaba in February 2016.
The pronouncement followed a
major rebrand of his studio, which involved changing both its name – the new moniker is Layer – and its mission. The studio now focuses less on pitching furniture designs and more on "human-focused" projects that create "change in a meaningful way".
Is Layer living up to its aspirations? Projects like its bespoke
3D-printed consumer wheelchair and recyclable hemp partition prompted lots of positive sentiment from our commenters. Top posts: 1. Furniture and lighting design is "saturated" says Benjamin Hubert 2. Layer uses large hemp tiles to create tessellating Scale partition system 3. Comments update: "Foster's old, Modern, boring architecture versus Bjarke's new positive architecture" 4. Benjamin Hubert rebrands studio as Layer and launches "crowdspeaking" campaign
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