“The role of the designer is that of a thoughtful host, anticipating the needs of his guests.”

Charles Eames


We live in the golden age of design. Never have there been so many smart devices or objects to help ease us into our daily routines. And yet, design, at its core, isn’t really about things. It’s about people — the way we live now and the way we would like to live in the future.


In this series, we explore what design looks and feels like in 2020, it’s aspirations and the craftspeople behind it. And because no investigation would be complete without a look into the future, we visit the studios of tomorrow to find out more about the world today’s designers are envisioning. In their capable hands, the future promises to be bold and beautiful: a place with less waste, more innovation and a better understanding of leisure. How’s that for an unpopular opinion?

Chapter One: Making A Statement

Statement furniture is as much about drama as it is about balance — our homes must be both exciting sources of inspiration and comforting sanctuaries in which to unwind.

Chapter Two: Bringing People Together

Life is made up of millions of moments. Beautifully designed spaces exist to amplify them, helping you live better with those you love most.

Chapter Three: Honouring Tradition

Craft in the contemporary world is the antithesis of fast fashion. When you make a purchase with Chaplins, you help ensure that these ancient methods of making live on.

Chapter Four: Imagining The Future

Challenges in the present have a way of shaping the world of tomorrow. From upcycled materials to zero-waste production lines, design is the industry that’ll get us there.