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Brief Published: 21 Apr 2015

RAM House: Domestic Privacy in Smart Homes


On show at Milan Design Week 2015, RAM House is a proposal for a living space including moveable walls and shields that can filter electromagnetic signals – an imaginative response to concerns about electronic privacy in the age of the Smart Home.

RAM House is designed by Genoa-based design research collaborative Space Caviar and Italian shelving systems manufacturer Prokoss-Mobilrot. The exterior of the micro-dwelling installation comprises vertical, sliding panels surrounded by radar-absorbent material (RAM), foam and Faraday meshing materials.

The habitation’s interior revolves around individual cabinet modules that act similarly to curtains. They can be slid open to allow radio waves to enter and exit the space when desired – the domestic equivalent to switching on ‘airplane mode’.

The Smart Home is becoming saturated with smart devices that rely on signal-based communication. Protective materials are being utilised to shield us from this uber-connected world.

For applications that offer wi-fi-blocking technology, see our Materials Focus 2016 rationale, Deactivate, or the radio frequency-blocking jeans. For wider conversations on privacy and devices helping consumers protect their data, look to Super Security and the latest security-based products from CES 2015.

RAM House was on show at Palazzo Clerici as part of Milan Design Week 2015. For more on this year’s festival, see our Preview report and our forthcoming full coverage of the Week.