Back to the important stuff, design is invigorating, an aspect we all (regardless of personal taste) find visually appealing (and not so from time to time). So when we are flooded with new products, we can all readily lose ourselves in the design before us. Yet what seems all the more appealing is the products story, the construction, the development, the process in which an individual or team had to take to reach the final masterpiece. This for may of us is where a designers interests lay. I'm sure you've come across the following time after time; it's the journey, not the destination. A quote that couldn't be any more on point, yet something we all set aside.
This journey has not been short lived, 15 years later Desso and Phillips introduce a ridiculously intriguing and exciting concept between carpet and LED lights. Elements we wouldn't even think to combine, the rule of thumb typically being lights are for the ceiling and carpets belong on the floor, yeah? Well rules are made to be broken, and the Netherlands duo have curated something mind blowing. The carpet is embedded with light emitting diode technology that allows a designer to light up floors with anything from arrows and text to full blow imagery. How does it work? On Office spills the beans..
Final touches are important for such a pioneering bit of kit, as it could be the difference between a dead end and a global success, says Ed Huibers from Philips. “It’s a completely new concept, and patented, but there is competition. Other companies have tried to weave fibre optics into carpet, but it’s been on the market ten years and you’ve probably never seen it, because I don’t think it’s a realistic, scalable idea. Putting wires into carpet tiles will make production much more complicated; if you want to disturb that process, from a cost and scalability point of view, you’ll get nowhere.”
As the end consumer its so easy just to see the final outcome, and don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that. After all the final development is evidently what's going to sell. It's important though, to truly appreciate any element of design, to try and understand it's destination. Perhaps something we should all try to consciously do more of, not just in our preferred industry.