Inconspicuous Matter

Design Rationale

Can the visualization of electrical energy flows lead to textile and material innovation?

Energy is an invisible and yet incredibly valuable resource. The ways in which we consume energy, and the amount that we use, is highly unsustainable and industries are now dealing with issues surrounding energy overconsumption, origins and uses. It is important that we consider not only how we are using energy, but also where it comes from. In a world driven by innovation but struggling with sustainable concerns, the emergence of research and applications available in clean energy resources is significant, but the use of it is still not really spread from industries to individuals. Moreover, considerable development of new energy resources or technologies to noticeably increase their production and uses would take several decades.1

In the domestic environment, electricity is the first named energy manifestation. However, hidden within the design of unappealing appliances and mechanisms that minimize energy’s real importance and significance, electrical energy access is, for most people, taken for granted. Moreover, because the current market in electronic / electric appliances for domestic environment promises convenience and comfort aplenty, saving energy is still seen as something negative that make everyday life less comfortable. 2

Design Project

Electro reactive wallpaper, Details

Inconspicuous Matter is a material research project that aims to develop responsive materials for future ambient displays, which would make it possible to visualize electrical energy flows. Considering textile and material design as a sensitive interface for reflection and thoughtful participation, the aim of this project is to visualize electrical energy flows, consequently demanding the viewers’ attention and potentially generating their awareness. Beyond designing services or aesthetic appliances and indicators that will assist the user in their everyday energy management, I intend to design with electrical energy from an aesthetic point of view, considering it as a raw material with a possible evolution toward innovation.

Wall stickers collection

Notes :

[1] : Wagner H J (2007) in Wagner, H.J., [Foreword by Wiegandt, K. ] (2007)  ENERGY, The world’s race for ressources in the 21st century, The sustainability project, Haus Publishing.

[2] : Beaux Art editions,  (2007) So Watt! Du design dans l’energie [So Watt! Design in energy], Paris : EDF espace Electra.