Discussion with David Edwards
David Edwards is the founder of “Le Laboratoire” in Paris, core to his international innovation network of ArtScience Labs. He teaches at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and is a core-founding member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically-Inspired Engineering. David’s creative base, Le Laboratoire, is a cultural center in Central Paris where David works closely with artists and designers, including chefs, composers, and contemporary artists, to conduct experiments at frontiers of science. These experiments lead to public exhibitions of works in progress and often translate as cultural, social, and commercial innovations. Among David’s commercialized innovations since the opening of Le Laboratoire in 2007 are “Andrea” (a plant-based filter that accelerates filtration of toxic gases by plant matter), “Aeroshot Chocolate” (chocolate without calories), “Le Whaf” (a generator of flavor clouds for fine dining), “CellBag” (a cell-inspired bag for carrying water in the developed and developing world), the “AeroShot” (aerodynamic caffeine,) and “WAIHH Quantum Sensations” with designer Philippe Starck.