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Brief Published: 9 Feb 2012

Shade by Simon Heijdens


Designed by Brit Simon Heijdens, Shade is a new transformative surface material that responds to the environment.

Applied to the surface of a window, Shade uses sensors placed outside to track the wind’s movements. This affects the material’s appearance, allowing it to turn opaque and block out the light. Arranged in a grid of triangular tiles, Shade creates a dramatic light show controlled by the ever-changing atmosphere outside.

Originally commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, Shade is now on display as part of the London Design Museum’s exhibition Designs of the Year 2012. The show runs until July 15 2012. Click here to see Shade in action.

Designs of the Year 2012