Living Surfaces

June 28, 2007

Liquid-infused tables, surfaces, and floor tiles

With the aim of developing interactive environments, Gianfranco Barban and Gregg Brodarick of B.lab have created a series of tabletop surfaces and floor tiles, which are made of layers of plastic sheets encapsulating nontoxic liquids. These liquids move and bubble in various ways based on touch, depicting constantly changing patterns.

The bichromatic floor tiles generate colorful forms in continuous evolution, so walking on the tiles leaves a trail of footprints. These tiles are comprised of two shock resistant layers of PVC, and the upper layer is treated with a nonslip surface. Welded together, the layers create a rigid tile.

Contact: B.lab Italia, Gallarate, Italy.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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