Speakers

Lauren Bowker

Lauren Bowker

Material Alchemist & Founder, T H E U N S E E N

Speaker

Having graduated from the Manchester School of Art with the award winning pollution-sensing compound PdCl2, Lauren went on to study printed textiles at the Royal College of Art London, her graduate collection was shot by Tim Walker and modeled by Kate Moss. Over ten years Lauren created several additional colour-change compounds responsive to various invisible elements while consulting in material innovation and user experience for automotive, aeronautics, technology, healthcare, retail, textiles and couture.

T H E U N S E E N has exhibited worldwide, from the Royal Academy of Arts to The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The British Science Museum, The V&A, The Barbican, Somerset House, The Cooper Hewitt (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Museum of Fine arts (Silicon Valley), the Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Centre (Paris), SXSW (Texas) and CES (Las Vegas), Paris Couture week and London fashion week.

After opening T H E U N S E E N E M P O R I U M in Somerset House’s New Wing 2015, our Luxury collections are now stocked worldwide from Selfridges (London) to the Wolfsonian museum (Miami).

Lauren and her house have received numerous significant awards and acknowledgement along the way, such as the HClub100 list 2015 and 2017, The British Fashion Council and Innovate UK winner of digital innovation in fashion, Fast Companies most wanted creative in business and one of Creative Reviews top 50 creative’s in industry. Recently nominated for the fashion is GREAT global campaign award by the British Government and the British Fashion Council Lauren was invited to visit the PMs Enterprise Advisor at Ten Downing Street, selected by the Royal institution of Great Britain in the best of British design and winner of the WGSN innovation futures award.

For world environment day June 2017 Lauren was invited to the UN Embassy in Washington DC to present at the global climate change summit. STEM ambassador, RCA visiting lecturer and TED fellow Lauren also sits on the Board for the European Council for the Internet of Things.