U.K.'s Chic Geeks: Ab Rogers

Call Ab Rogers the Mover and Shaker. From his spinning red fiberglass stools for Comme des Garçons' Paris flagship to the bouncing, motorized mannequins of London's trippy new Emperor Moth fashion boutique, Rogers can't keep still -- and wants to make sure you don't, either. "Our work is about heightening the senses," he says, emphasizing his point with leopard-print Paul Smith shoes, orange Yohji sweatpants and a Junya Watanabe millefleur jacket over a Smurf-blue sweater. "And that often means incorporating movement," he adds. "It creates change, a surprise. I love the notion of spaces that move."

With design in his blood -- Dad is the famous architect Richard Rogers -- the 38-year-old bred-in-the-bone Londoner makes objects and spaces that engage rather than sit idly by. Other jaw-droppers range from London's Michel Guillon eyewear shop, where designer spectacles randomly shoot out from a mirrored blue wall, to such forthcoming doozies as interactive donation boxes for London's Tate museums, which beckon you with a recorded voice to drop some change and print a take-away artist's quote. Another in a private home is a bed set within an upholstered "soft zone" that will rise at the push of a button or sink like an instant conversation pit, James Bond-style. While the kinetics may sound complicated, the technology is simple: Conveyer belt motors are Rogers's gizmos of choice. "They're primitive but economical and durable," he explains. "There's nothing worse than a poetic idea that doesn't work."

To see more, visit www.abrogers.com.

(top) Ab Rogers's mirrored interior London-shop design for Empire Moth featuring a mechanical jumping mannequin and handmade hangers by Aya Murayama

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