Design Shanghai 2019: Colourful Mood-Affecting Furniture
Chinese studio Buzao explores the influence of chromotherapy by employing colourful tints and treatments to create furniture that can calm and excite those nearby. The young offshoot from Chinese company Bentu forged its own identity at this year’s edition of Design Shanghai (March 11-14) with two new collections: Null and Hot.
Null features a bench, table, lamp and wardrobe made from blue-tinted glass that extend bright shadows across the room when illuminated by light. The appearance of each object shifts in strength and direction as sunlight moves throughout the day, giving the designs a living quality that mimics the soothing experience of being outdoors.
Similarly, the Hot collection is made from electro-plated stainless steel that interacts with light to create unpredictable reflections of rainbow colour. The fast-moving effects on the mirrored surface activate the collection to energise passers-by.
Light-reactive materials maximise the visual impact of product, making them an ideal solution for consumers with limited budgets and space. For more, see Product Design Visual Round-Up: Furniture. To explore how sensorial materials are being used to create physically and emotionally engaging products, see our A/W 19/20 Design Direction Captivate.