Suzanne is the Founder of Biocouture the world’s first ‘living materials’ consultancy. Biocouture's unique focus is to bring emergent biomaterials, biodesign and biofabrication to consumer products, working exclusively with material innovators and brands to take materials from the lab to the market.
Biocouture is the convener of BIOFABRICATE, the first ever summit dedicated to biofabrication for future consumer products. Biofabrication comprises highly disruptive new technologies enabling design to intersect with the building blocks of life.
Suzanne is the author of ‘Fashioning The Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe’, the first book to capture the future of fashion through science and technology. It remains a key text for designers, scientists and engineers wanting to glimpse the future of wearable technology.
TEDGlobal 2014, TED Fellows Retreat 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011
Areas of Expertise
Design and Science collaboration, Visioneering new technology for fashion, Wearable technology, Biomaterials, Living materials
An idea worth spreading
How can we grow a better world? Move over 3D printing – there’s a bio-revolution on the horizon. Computers can now read and write with DNA. We are beginning to design and fabricate with living cells: bacteria, yeast, algae, fungi, mammalian cells – these are the factories of the future. The new start-ups are growing packaging, leather, bricks and bones. Hacker spaces are being joined by DIYBio labs, school children are extracting DNA and we can all have our personal genome and microbiomes sequenced. It’s time to discover how the C21st convergence of biology and design will change what we wear, how we build, what we drive, even how we will harvest our own bodies for our future healthcare.
I'm passionate about
biofabrication, designing from the bottom up, sustainable materials, future craft, style, artisanry, Mexico
Talk to me about
how to enable effective design / science collaborations, sustainable new materials and manufacturing, telling stories,
My TED story
continues...I'm thrilled to have been made a Senior Fellow and look forward to the new interactions this year will bring