Shape-transforming lighting fixture Like the Lotus flower, which opens its petals in the presence of the sun and closes them in its absence, Hanabi opens
Expandable and stackable paper seating Softseating is made entirely from kraft paper, utilizing a flexible honeycomb structure to fan open into stools, benches, and loungers.
Sound-responsive wall Inspired by the natural phenomenon of tropism—in which a plant actively responds to external stimuli—designer Natasa Sljivancanin constructed an intelligent kinetic building system
Recyclable shape-memory biopolymer Unlike conventional petroleum-based plastics, polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is mass produced by chemical synthesis using raw materials derived from corn. The production
Photoluminescent and fluorescent terrazzo Eterno Luminoso and Lumineo add luminescence to terrazzo flooring. Specially treated, masked aggregates can be evenly distributed over the surface or
Folding fabric vessel and suspended knitted seat Designer Nicola Lagan conceived of the Hammock Chair as a means of displaying her Mar(ca) geometric textile research.
Smart impact-protection textile Dow Corning’s Active Protection System is a “smart” textile that remains soft and flexible until it is struck by high-impact force, in
Color-changing textiles Fabcell is a chameleonlike fabric that changes color when conducting an electric charge. Developed by Dr. Akira Wakita’s Information Design Laboratory at Keio
Dynamic information display within concrete surfaces Chris Glaister, Afshin Mehin, and Tomas Rosen developed Chronos Chromos Concrete in order to animate a ubiquitous material. Intrigued
Radiant-heating glass Spaces clad primarily in glass are often poorly insulated and uncomfortably cold during winter months. Condensation is also a problem when single-pane glass