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Dynamic Curtains, a new trend?

October 29, 2009

Some months ago (see June), I talked about Florian Kraütli (who meanwhile  is nominated for the Design Preis Schweiz in textile category) and his magnetic curtain.

Well he’s not the only one who is interested in dynamic curtain in this moment. First, the’re is the project of Aurélie Mossé and the team of CITA in Copenhagen which won the Création Baumann’s contest: “gecko: think forward”.

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As the winners say, “Ice-fern explores the poetics of the window and how textiles can become an integral part of this ultra-thin architectural space. This transformable window geometry is a window-sculpture evolving over time.Pushing the boundaries between curtain and wall, Ice-fern is playfully drawn from one to the other. As Ice-fern is reconfigured excess parts of the curtain are shed creating a conversation between the two. As the lizard can loose its tail, Ice-fern leaves traces of presence across the space of inhabitation.

Ice-fern is three dimensional. Consolidated scales heat pressed into the gecko fabric give the fabric an integral structure. The resident can shape this three dimensionality by loosening parts of the pattern from the window surface. Changing the sculptures three dimensional configuration shifts the diffusion of light and translucency.”

The second project has been seen at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. The project “Flowe” is from the collective KNOL. Flowe is a dynamic space-divider that reacts on human touch. “creating a more dynamic, changing and desired environment”. By its expressional forms and organic movement, Flowe can enhance different feelings and emotions that come with different occasions, and create a more dynamic, changing and desired environment.

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What surprises me the most is the use of the same structure, meaning the use of a triangular shape in order to fold the curtain and so to let more or light goes through the interior space. Both of them are white or in very very neutral color, and none of them have thought to make REALLY interactive, meaning integrating technology, as sensors, to make move the curtain. A light sensor and shape memory wires would have been great medium. In that way, the curtain could have changed its structure, creating some dense or thiner areas depending on light density.

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  1. November 17, 2009 4:03 pm

    Hi ! Interesting post 😉 I just wanted to mention that Ice-fern is an early-prototype, part of my PhD research where I am exploring responsive textiles, among other solar reactive curtains, truly moving on their own. It is in development right now but if it is of interest to you, I would encourage you to follow the evolution of the project on this blog that I created with PhD colleagues of mine: http://www.textilefuturesphd.blogspot.com. I regularly post about the progresses of the project.

    Best.

    Aurélie

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