Inspiration today supplied by the ever stylish Swedish!

Today the inspiration comes from a collaboration between Smart Textile Design Lab at the Swedish School of Textile ( and IRE möble. More info: (Linnéa NilssonMika SatomiAnna VallgårdaLinda Worbin.

This beautiful work in textiles looks at using computing as a material for design in the same way as we use other more conventional and traditional materials.

This example is a prototype for furniture which can communicate expression.

The prototypes combine “four parts: woven cotton with embedded conductive threads, a layered pattern printed with a combination of pigment color and thermo chromic ink (with a state change at 27C), pressure sensors to detect when someone sits on the fabric, a computer programmed to control which threads heats up and for how long depending which pressure sensors are activated. When the threads heat up the pattern changes

The effect is stunning and the concept fantastic… I wonder how flexible the fabric could be with all its components? Could a wearable version be made…

Food for thought!


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About L.Calder

I am a designer maker mainly specialising in the field of textiles and design. I use colour changing and responsive dyes combined with simple electronics to create colourful pieces of work that can change depending on environment and programming. I also work with various materials and imagery to communicate concepts and ideas as well as create artefacts that are engaging and visually stimulating.

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