Artist Shi Yuan
How insane is this design! Shi Yuan is a UK designer that created this amazing flower wallpaper. When the room is at room temperature the flowers are closed and appear as green stems. As the room increases in temperature the flowers start to appear and bloom slowly.
He also makes other designs, all using a special temperature sensitive paint. The innovative design would be amazing within a domestic home. The interaction with your surroundings would be heightened greatly. Imagine that you could just change the aesthetics of your house with just the flick of a switch. The design is like the change in the seasons, with the cold or the heat your surroundings change.
So… I just found this German artist, J. Mayer H who’s work is really amazing. His work highly relates to my research into temperature sensitive glass as it is highly temperature sensitive. His work is very interactive, allowing the viewer to engage with the work, like that of the surfloor or moving colors thermocromatic tiles.
Below are photos of his work along side with some text from Dörte Zbikowski, who has written a review of J. Mayer H’s work.
J. MAYER H Architects’ studio, focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology and nature form the background for a new production of space.
When you sit down on a HeatSeat Pad it absorbs your body warmth and a temporary body-heat shadow forms, appearing as a white discoloration somewhat similar to an x-ray – this can be referred to as a »body print« – an analogy to fingerprinting. The hidden layers of clothing, body and – depending on the duration of contact – right through to bone structure are clearly represented, in detail. When it cools, the body print disappears just as surreptitiously as it appeared and the color returns to its original state.
Jürgen Mayer H. uses this thermo-sensitive paint in numerous works. Housewarming which appeared in 1994 at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York was one of his first experiments with thermo-sensitive paint on walls and seating surfaces.
For his 1998 installation Face he mixed the substance with latex house paint. When you touched the wall the color became paler.
His bed wear [Lie], 1997, also created as an edition, forms part of the same context: The body print of a sleeping figure is temporarily imposed as a white coloration onto the thermo-sensitive data collector pattern on cotton.
“With over 10 years of research and development, Moving Color is the innovator of energy-efficient, temperature-sensitive, color changing materials. Our glass is the perfect marriage between art, science, technology and design.
– Ben Bellmer, founder of Moving color.
Shower, pathway and artwork all using Moving color’s temperature sensitive tiles.
I just found this website www.hometolife.co.za which helped explain the process of making these glass tiles a little simpiler.
Heres what they said:
“The temperature sensitive glass tiles are made from recycled glass and the secret to their colour changing antics is in the temperature sensitive film within the textured glass tile which is what causes the glass tiles to change colour.”
I also found another website www.gajitz.com that explained a little about their carbon footprint.
“But even more exciting is the fact that they’re somewhat eco-friendly, using 20%-80% recycled glass.”
I just found these guys who are from Moving Color, demonstrating how a temperature sensitive glass coffee table works.
Moving color are a company that specialise not only in temperature sensitive glass, but other materials that are altered to be temperature sensitive. Their website www.movingcolor.net is amazing. They showcase anything from shower tiles to temperature sensitive guitar picks. I just think that it is incredible the technology that they are using and that they have been very innovative in showcasing different ways of using the same material.
Below is an image of one of their many glass tiles. I sourced this from Freshome, Interior Design and Architecture.