Carra Santos
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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.

 Exploring the rise in food halls and street food markets | Torvehallerne, Copenhagen

Exploring the rise in food halls and street food markets | Torvehallerne, Copenhagen


Awards & Recognition

Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity
World Intellectual Property Day 2018

2018 ACID Female Design Champion Award, Runner-Up

For the imaginative boundary breaking work she is doing between different individuals and highlighting IP in an imaginative way.
— Sarah Weir OBE and the Design Council team

 

Charting the Landscape

For close to ten years, Carra 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 studio, Mette, Carra has created/curated unique and powerful visual stories, thought-provoking design installations, immersive events and engaging environments for industry leaders including 100% Design, 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.

She has shown audiences of 27,000 how algae can be the next form of food and fuel. She’s brought the future of food indoors, showing the design industry how to integrate microagriculture into interiors and furniture. She’s developed unique, timeless concepts for forward-thinking brands, seeking their story, expanding its reach, and pulling out its full potential to inspire and engage.

All designed to create a positive culture, make a lasting impact, and spark conversation and inspiration, the projects are internationally-acclaimed and have been featured by leading publications including: 

Wallpaper*, Icon Magazine, Elle Decoration, New York Times, Archiproducts, New Design Magazine, Homes & Gardens, FT Weekend, Grand Designs Magazine, Despoke, Wired Magazine, Irish Times.

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).

 

Setting the Scene

Carra is co-owner and creative director of innovation and design consultancy, Mette, which specialises in designing engaging experiences for food and social culture, and co-owner of product venture, Pop Up Cookspace, design-led equipment for experiential food marketing and education.