Coffee in space?

This spring, the V&A Museum will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its exhibition: The Future Starts Here, and among the projects showcased will Lavazza’s ISSpresso machine.

The ISSpresso, a capsule-based machine designed by Argotec and Lavazza, will be one of 100 projects said to be shaping the world of tomorrow. The machine is said to allow astronauts on the International Space Station to enjoy espresso in a state of gravity.

From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which

can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer, to a global

seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, The Future Starts Here aims to bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world.

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, said: “From the very beginning, the V&A has championed pioneering art, science, design and technology. Now in the midst of the digital revolution, this eagerly anticipated exhibition delves into our fast-accelerating future of artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and space exploration. The V&A is taking live experiments about our future society from the studio and lab into the museum. This is the first major exhibition produced by our design, architecture and digital department, and revives our founding principle to forefront cutting-edge art and design.”