Good designers mess around with new materials to discover their distinct properties, creating forms they could not have made with the previous generation's materials. Through their workshop experimentation we eventually get objects like the bentwood Thonet chair, the Eameses bent-plywood furniture, Robin Day's polyprop stacking chair, et cetera.
We've yet to see a definitive object emerge using carbon fiber, but one of the designers seeking it is architect/industrial designer Aeron Tozier. Tozier's Ascension line of furniture combines quilted leather and resin-coated brass with the wispy-yet-sturdy structures carbon fiber is capable of being formed into.
Tozier, who formed his own architecture/design brand last year, is notably not only interested in the design of luxury objects, as the use of carbon fiber would imply, but also has a strong interest in humanitarian design:
[Tozier underwent] a 3 year research scholarship in construction process innovation and energy systems where his work on sustainable city projects in Southeast Asia has been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Most of his professional work has been involved in the prototyping of modern ecological community and housing solutions. His "G-Home Energy Hybrid," a design for a hyper-ecological dwelling, is being reviewed for use by FEMA and the United Nations (UN-HABITAT).