Often, designers are asked to provide glimpses of what the future will hold. Throughout the evolution of the design industry over the last century, designers have always reached for visions of the future to inspire the products of today. We act as aesthetic change agents, taking the phrase “Fake it until you Make it” literally: Loewe’s streamlining aesthetic, the rocket fins on 1950’s era cars, the digitally-inspired graphics of the 1980’s, all hinted at what was just around the corner in our collective dreams. So what is the future we are dreaming of today in 2012? Apparently, it will hold a lot of smooth white things. There seems to be common stylistic agreement that our future will be light, clean, minimal, smooth, both geometric and biological, and white. According to Futurama (and if Marc Newson rules the world), in the future technology will increasingly surround our lives and environments, but there is a sanitized, humanized, glossy sheen to it that makes it both approachable and concealed. Or maybe everything will be burgundy Naugahyde with brass tack accents (if I rule the world)…time will tell.