ArtEZ established the centre of expertise Future Makers (FM) in 2015. The new Centre of Expertise (CoE) brings together the ArtEZ’s Professorships Fashion and Product Design & Interior Architecture, along with other knowledge partners. At FM researchers work on research projects in cooperation with public partners such as universities and governments on one hand and private partners like companies and trade associations on the other. FM has the characteristics of a lab and studio for interdisciplinary design based research. The main goal of FM is to develop more sustainable value chains for products and services in the field of fashion, textiles, product and interior design. The research methodology is design driven (Constructive Design Research, Research Through Design) which means that in every research project piloting with materials, techniques, new functions, market interventions based on models and prototypes are essential parts of the process. Real objects are the hypothesis of each design research and they will be tested by different stakeholders.
Future Makers is supported by the municipality of Arnhem and the province of Gelderland, who have made financial contributions towards innovation projects. The first projects to have been launched in this way through Future Makers are Closing the Loop, Virtual Sizing, and Composing the new Carpet.