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Brief Published: 7 Mar 2014

Thibault Sld: Responsive Designs


Originally training as a graphic designer, Canada-based Thibault Sld is among a growing number of designers investigating responsive spaces. His mechanised lighting and interior forms interactively respond to human movements.

Reminiscent of a conventional strip light, the S1 lamp uses built-in movement sensors to alter the light’s brightness and positioning depending on a person’s presence. Its movement can also be pre-programmed to create dramatic displays.

Using a similar concept, the Hexi responsive wall is a series of 60 wall-mounted hexagon tiles that react when triggered by a person’s presence. The mechanical installation uses real-time data collected through motion-tracking technology, turning a person walking, jumping or waving into a rippling wave of movement.

As highlighted in Materials Focus 2015-16 report Responsive, experimental environments and products are emerging that merge both digital with analogue, and technology with reality. This interactive approach is particularly seen in lighting – find more examples in Life-Enhancing Lighting and Agile Futures: Chameleon. For more inspiration, look out for Product Design’s Design Directions for A/W 15-16, coming soon.