New York–based fabricator UM Project has partnered with wallpaper-design firm Flavor Paper to create ‘Conduct,’ an interactive wall covering.
Jon Sherman, Flavor Paper’s founder, discovered a water-based conductive ink two years ago and decided to make a wallpaper that achieved what no other wallpaper had before. In order to make the wallpaper effectively demonstrate its ability to conduct electricity he needed interesting design elements to activate.
With the brand’s focus on unusual goods and furniture using simple forms and materials, UM Project and Flavor Paper worked closely on all aspects of ‘Conduct,’ with each company handling their respective sides of production to create a simple and playful yet well-designed wallpaper.
Flavor Paper’s innovative display encourages visitors to become active participants in the world of wallpaper. The presentation comes alive with sound, light and motion when individuals touch key points on the screen printed conductive ink tiles.
Presented during the recently held Collective Design Fair in New York, Conduct elevates the concept of wallpaper into a new realm of possibility that transcends décor.
Sound Light Box utilises a single touchpad to activate deeper rings of light in a Verner Panton inspired Corian housing. With a final touch, a tonal sound emanates from a central speaker before the lights and sound fade out.
The installation incorporates soft pink and greige hues with splashes of Ghislaine Viñas’ Wild Thing wallpaper. Handprinted plywood tiles featuring graphic circuitry traces connect with polished copper tabs that conduct electricity to the UM Project function boxes.
Light Box involves a quad touchpad enabling users to press different elements that light up quadrants of a bronze glass-housed LED system with leather washer details. Lastly, with Fan, a beautiful perforated copper relay bar is placed on a stand, which immediately activates nine fans to the user’s side and offers a gentle breeze.
Shutter Box stimulates a moving shutter panel with wood patterned and mirrored sides that move across a handprinted striped wooden box, creating an effect that resembles the American flag, but with dots rather than stars to represent unity. Meanwhile, the mirrored side allows users to see themselves in the representation.