We're continuing our obsession with the ever-inspiring Oracles du Design exhibition in Paris this week with a second instalment of the prophetic objects and design classics we found at the Gaîté Lyrique. Check out our previous entry for the first five finds.
Themes of looking to the past to discover our future are present again in these finds, all of which aim to reveal something about ourselves and what hopes we have for tomorrow.
The irregularities of these pieces from Martin Baas are created by the fingerprints and hands that literally mould this gorgeous furniture into existence from blocks of clay.
Primitive and prehistoric with a fresh, contemporary edge, the pieces from the Clay Series look as though they crawled out of a primordial soup and into a future that needs a reminder of its humble, hand-made roots.
Another return to a primitive past with an imposing abstraction thrown in for good measure. This unusual Cabana storage unit from Campana looks less like a relic from the past and more like a strange alien creature from the future that materialises in beautifully designed interior spaces.
It's a curious object, but one that's so simple it exemplifies the way a piece can use the most basic materials, with a basic shape and create something completely original but oddly familiar at the same time. We particularly love the off-shoot bed and bedding creations. One Cabana is never enough.
More examples of bespoke work are present in these hand-finished Drag lights from Julien Carretero who pours plaster into moulds and then uses various implements to scrape and distress the shapes while they dry.
The unusual unfinished-looking forms make these lights look as though they were found while foraging in a post-apocalyptic dumpster, then painted with a fresh colour to repurpose them as shades. Repurposing vintage objects may have hit its peak in hipster interiors (we're looking at you, broken record players) but these lights haven't come from the 1970s, they've come from the 2370s.
The hottest topic in genetics at the moment is the new CRISPR system for isolating and replacing DNA to help fight disease by removing mutant strands of DNA in animals and humans. It's a controversial concept because changing the DNA of one person irreversibly alters the DNA chain for their progeny and subsequent generations.
This High Tea teapot by Weiki Somers looks as though an animal has been genetically altered to leave behind a fully functional vessel with accompanying tea cosy. A stern warning for the ways that genetic modification can go too far, or a glimpse into humanity's control over nature?
We're always talking about furniture that's built to last - pieces of quality that serve as a counter balance to the overwhelming glut of disposable furniture.
Although these Stitching Concrete pieces by Florian Schmid may not be made using the most environmentally friendly material, they're sure to last well into the foreseeable future and far, far beyond. Think of it as a gift to your great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren.