Pac-man, Space Invaders, the gaming consoles of the 80s and the exposed technology of certain turntables like the RPM 1.3. Imagery that has taken root in the imagination and fertile mind of Pascal Howe, a designer raised on bread, videogames and science fiction who this year was selected for "Pure Talents Contest 2015" in Cologne.
Pascal, who following his degree in 2013 now lives and works in Berlin, has various experiences under his belt including an internship at Nacho Carbonell and interesting collaborations with other renowned designers like Kiki van Eijk, Joost van Bleiswijk and Maarten Baas.
As his latest table series "Covered Identity" reveals, the aim of Howe's research is to mix everyday objects – that can be used and have practical functions – with a more conceptual and abstract idea of design.
"VDI-2860 The Worker" is another example. It works like a lamp and has the same functions, but as an object in and of itself, monumental and with its slender robotic and industrial grace, it dominates a space and helps define a surreal atmosphere, by combining function and dysfunction. The dystopian future assumes the elegance and lightness of abstraction.
Photos via pascalhowe.com