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Game changers

Diffus Design is an example of a company which explores how technology and traditional craftsmanship can be united in new, innovative products.

The combination of electricity and embroidery in an electronic circulation opens up a new way of thinking about the future of textiles. Intelligent textiles can measure your pulse, track you by GPS if you are ever lost in an avalanche, or measure the air’s concentration of CO2, as the climate-dress designed by Diffus Design does. With their innovative designs, Diffus Design offers us an insight into the future of technological Game Changers, which might change the way we live, and at the same time, shed light on one of the biggest challenges of modern times: pollution.

The Climate Dress. Diffus Design. 2009. Textile, LED.

The Climate Dress is an interesting suggestion of how textiles and clothing of the future may look. Because this dress is more than just a dress – it is an indicator of the environment and the pollution within it. The dress measures the levels of CO2 in the air and, depending on the amount of CO2, the dress will light up in different patterns.

The ambition of Diffus Design is to combine technology with physical and sensuous qualities, making technological products more appealing while still having a practical function.

The Climate Dress was created in co-operation with the Swiss embroidery company Forster-Rohner, the Danish Alexandra institute and the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts[23] during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. The collaboration has since resulted in a separate tech-collection at Forster-Rohner.

ELAC acoustic ceiling. Diffus Design. 2016. Light-emitting-diodes, textile etc.

In the acoustic ELAC ceiling (Embroidered Light for Acoustic Ceilings) Diffus Design has created an embroidered circuit wherein OLED-diodes interact with LED-diodes within small embroidered tiles. Small amounts of power and data is transferred between the tiles, through the circuit. The ceiling was inspired by the ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome, as it is divided into a panel of lowered squares playing with effects of light and shadows. According to Diffus Design, the ceiling is supposed to be a new way of creating individual design-solutions using light[24]. The development was made in close co-operation with Ecophon and Saint-Gobain research.