At Faber Futures, we believe that answers to some of the biggest challenges facing this planet can be found in nature. By learning from living systems and integrating design, biology and technology, our mission is to identify and initiate holistic pathways to sustainable material futures.
Over 3.8 billion years, biology has evolved to rapid prototype, recycle and replenish better than any system ever engineered by humans.
What if we could harness the inherent intelligence of nature, to make things from living systems?
Technologies like synthetic biology are enabling the at-scale implementation of industrial processes in which living organisms can be programmed to demonstrate specified behaviours or produce high-performance and sustainable materials.
By leveraging advanced tools for biological engineering and industrial fermentation, we can radically change how we design, fabricate, distribute, experience our materials, products and services.
At Faber Futures, we unlock the vital tools, methods and frameworks to drive planet-centred product development for an emerging biomanufacturing industry.
Natsai Audrey Chieza is an early pioneer in the application of design thinking to biofabrication methods and has spent 8 years working in the field of biodesign. With a background in architecture and material futures, she has moulded her career across disciplinary thresholds, blending her expertise of design with the knowledge and methodology of an international network of scientists and technologists. Through Faber Futures, Natsai is catalysing the alignment of DNA-scale engineering with the methods and principles of design thinking to create meaningful value for the circular economy.
In her 2017 TED Talk, Natsai offers a glimpse into the future of a synthetic biology industry primed to transform and reimagine the creation and circulation of everyday goods and services. Her manifesto envisages how this emerging technology converges with craft and interacts with the contemporary realities of resource scarcity, climate change, and sustainable development. Faber Futures embodies that manifesto – a platform to explore and co-culture viable material conditions that benefit this planet and all its inhabitants.