Thomas Thwaites is a designer whose work examines how technology, science and economics interact with trends, fictions and beliefs, to shape our present society, and possible futures. As an undergraduate he studied economics and biology at University College London, and this training informs his design work. He completed his Masters in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2009, and his work has since received several awards and is exhibited internationally. His first book, The Toaster Project, is to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011. Based in London, he is currently working on a commission from the Wellcome Trust.