Flavor Paper and UM Project’s ‘Conduct’ wallpaper doubles as a power source

Posted On Fri, May 5, 2017 By

Posted On Fri, May 5, 2017 By In Design, Products, Technology

Design, art, and technology are intertwined in this new product co-developed by wallcovering company Flavor Paper and design firm UM Project. Conduct, an interactive installation at Collective Design, which is part of New York’s design festival NYCXDesign, is a wallpaper that doubles as a power source. As Fast Co.Design reported, the installation is composed of five motorized or electrical objects. If a person touches one of the copper dots on the wall, which is covered with paper that’s printed with conductive ink, they complete an electrical circuit and turn on the object.

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Abstract interpretations of a fan, a light box, a lamp, a speaker and a mirror on a hinge are mounted on the wall. Once the half dollar-sized copper dots are touched, this starts the object’s movement. When the fan starts spinning, the light turns on and the mirror pivots. Flavor Paper’s founder Jon Sherman told Co.Design: “The availability of water-based conductive ink made my brain go into hyperdrive with thoughts of a multitude of potential uses for fun and engaging designs.”

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

Flavor Paper’s founder Jon Sherman told Co.Design: “The availability of water-based conductive ink made my brain go into hyperdrive with thoughts of a multitude of potential uses for fun and engaging designs.”

The Cobble Hill-based wallpaper company was founded in 2003 Jon Sherman, in New Orleans before moving to Brooklyn ten years ago (take a tour of their studio here). They’re now widely known for their brightly colored and bold designs, as well as collaborations with artists and designers such as Lenny Kravits, Ghislaine Viñas, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Conduct wallpaper, Flavor Paper, UM Project, power source wallpaper

While the wallpaper is currently more of an art piece, Sherman thinks it can be used in the future for spaces like corporate lobbies and children’s museums. Conduct is on display at Collective Design until May 7, 2017.

[Via Fast Co.Design]

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Images via Flavor Paper + UM Project © Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

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