Monday, October 02, 2006

Direction one: Home décor appropriation

Furniture is often thought of as having personality, or a least reflecting the personality of its owners. Is modernism cold? Victorian stuffy? Is an easy chair easy? Is the sofa jealous? What if furniture had a secret life that we are unable to perceive? Can we use our technologies to bring out these hidden personalities and domestic aspirations? Developing a chair that truly invites one to sit, or tries to avoid being sat upon, or lamps that flicker for attention, mirrors that wink…

Things that are similar:
Table that remembers where thing were placed on it

Roy McMakin
Marcel Wanders blow lamp

Direction two: Rooms that evolve

The way a space or room is designed, furnished, decorated and illuminated can have a powerful effect on how comfortable we are in it. Most spaces are not limited to a single use, but handle several depending on time and need. Take, for example, the kitchen: it may be used for food storage, food preparation and consumption, as well as the home office. Each of these activities places its own demands on the same space, yet we have very limited options over how a space can be adjusted to meet these needs. Rethinking this equation may offer a way to create rooms that react to our activities and enhance our moods.

Sensing changes in occupants as well as their activities could trigger changes in the physical appearance of a space. Walls that inflate to make a room feel more cozy. Or how about walls that change color, patterns and texture to move a room from bright and cheerful to intimate and sultry (Austin Powers’ bachelor pad, for example).

Things that are similar:
Philips TV, with integrated back lighting that matches onscreen color

Direction three: Objects that provoke interaction

Rather than passively waiting for an interaction to occur, design an object that demands interaction. Objects could be attracted by activity, movement, sound and move themselves towards it. Sound and light could also can be used to demand attention, whether it is a blaring alarm or a directed beam.

Things that are similar:
Ivrea alarm clocks
Cell phones
more relevent stuff?

Very cool project


Cactus with LED?


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