Carra Santos is a creative futurist and brand consultant, bridging the gap between what's now and what's next for a forward-thinking food culture.
Awards & Recognition
Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity
World Intellectual Property Day 2018
2018 ACID Female Design Champion Award, Runner-Up
Charting the Landscape
For close to ten years, designer, educator and entrepreneur Carra (Caroline) Santos has worked at the intersection of food and design, using a blend of design thinking, cultural insights and empathy to make future concepts relatable and engaging.
Independently, and alongside her innovation and design consultancy, Mette, she has shown audiences of 27,000 how algae can be the next form of food and fuel. She has brought the future of food indoors, showing the design industry how to integrate microagriculture into interiors and furniture. She has developed unique, timeless concepts for forward-thinking brands, seeking their story, expanding its reach, and pulling out its full potential to inspire and engage.
Based across the UK and Ireland, Carra has worked with industry leaders and brands including 100% Design for London Design Festival, British Council, Formica Group, Gaggenau, Dornbracht, Fenwick, N2O, The Flava People, Quorn Foods and The Food People, with projects named ‘Most Popular’ by 25,000 at London Design Festival, and featured internationally from New York Times and Wired Magazine to ICON and Wallpaper*.
As the industry go-to for expressing innovation through design and visual storytelling, she has cultivated a special knack for connecting far-flung dots and bringing complex concepts down-to-earth - as that’s how we will make the future feasible, and positive change truly take hold.
Film by the British Council on their Maker Library Network at 100% Design / London Design Festival, featuring an interview with Maker Carousel conceptualist and curator Carra Santos (at 2m 05).
Film by Formica Group on their participation and collaborations at 100% Design / London Design Festival, featuring an interview with the eco-design feature, Mattergarden, conceptualist Carra Santos (at 3m 52).
Carra has both a passion and a sense of responsibility for working with emerging entrepreneurs in the food and creative industries, as well as established brands seeking to make a difference. She has previously mentored and taught both independently and through Creative & Cultural Skills.