The merging of technology and fashion has been around for a while. From flashing LED sneakers for kids to molo’s hobo lantern + bag and the creations of stylist Alison Lewis. For those wondering when the “Haute tech” trend will hit the world of furniture and decor big time, the answer is…it’s gaining momentum. Case in point — the recent Disney and DuPont exhibit “Tron designs Corian” at Milan Design Week. Here are three more cutting-edge designs I found that feature an interactive tech dynamic.
PEGA: ColorUp Lamp
The ColorUp lamp, by Alix Chen and Angus Yang of PEGA (in China), is designed to give off a luminescence in any hue. Use the light bulb sampler to capture a color from a real object, then place it back into the lampshade unit. The selected hue will spread throughout the entirety of the shade. True mood lighting.
MEY Style: LED Wallpaper
With the goal to reinvent traditional wallpaper, it’s safe to say sisters Maria and Ekaterina Yaschuk have blown away any notions that wallpaper is fussy and old fashioned. Their MEY Style‘s fabric wallcoverings, which are made in London, incorporate vibrant floral prints and geometric patterns, LED lights and Swarovski crystals. An interior space featuring a MEY Style accent wall glows in a soft ambient light while making a bold visual statement. No sad wallflowers allowed.
Custhom: Heat-Sensitive Wallpaper
The designers at Custhom in the UK have created the Columbia Road collection, an interactive wallpaper that temporarily alters when temperatures rise. During the five color print process, one layer is printed using thermochromic ink, allowing the designers the ability to hide images throughout the wallpaper that are only revealed when an area reacts to the heat off a radiator or from a beam of sunlight coming through a window. It’s as if these walls could talk.
So what do you think? And let us know of any made in the USA “haute tech” furniture and decor. We’d love to hear about it.