Philips’ Design Probe, Metamorphis: Concepts explored to re-engage us with the natural world. See the video here & a link to Philips under Blogroll.


‘Shimmer is an architectural product concept designed to facilitate well-being through surprise, movement, natural noise management, air movement and natural light dispersion. The „stripes‟ are based on flexible elements that emit natural light and channel air. They can transform to change the interior characteristics of a space in response to people and the atmospheric/lighting conditions outside.

The elements of the system are a composite laminate consisting of a light diffusing material; air/vapor capillary system, flexible audio membrane and structural and decorative elements. Space is transformed as the „stripe‟ elements are flexed, changing the volume, affecting the airflow and the sound characteristics. The tension is altered by a system of cables connected to small motors with a gearbox, allowing natural light conditions to be transported from the outside into the interior space.’

‘Wave daybed concept: an ever-changing bed that transforms to complement your posture and position and takes the shape of your body. There’s also the Solar Blowbot concept: a smart, solar-powered device that senses human presence and activity. It moves through the home and has been designed to visualise air by inflating and deflating to create gusts of wind.’

Sun Beam. ‘Natural Light diffuser and reflectors and an array of reflective surfaces scatter natural light piped in via fibre-optic cable. By changing the angle of the reflective elements light can be directed to additional reflectors in the room or to solar powered appliances which are powered with daylight. The active filters change the level of diffusion to affect the ‘mood’ of the light’

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