Moving moments: ECAL plays with home illusions

11 : 04 : 2014 Delirious Home : ECAL : Reactive

Milan – A collection of beautifully bizarre products is being exhibited in Milan. Delirious Home, a playful and surreal interpretation of the ‘smart home’, has been masterminded by students on ECAL’s Industrial Design and Media and Interaction Design degree course.

 Bonnie&Clyde for ECAL by Romain Cazier, Anna Heck and Leon Laskowski Bonnie&Clyde for ECAL by Romain Cazier, Anna Heck and Leon Laskowski
Mr Time ECAL/Léa Pereyre, Claire Pondard and Tom Zambaz Mr Time ECAL/Léa Pereyre, Claire Pondard and Tom Zambaz
Ostinati  for ECAL by Iris Andreadis, Nicolas Nahornyj and Jérôme Rütsche Ostinati for ECAL by Iris Andreadis, Nicolas Nahornyj and Jérôme Rütsche
Voodoo for  ECAL by Megan Elisabeth Dinius, Timothée Fuchs, Antoine Furstein and Bastien Girschig Voodoo for ECAL by Megan Elisabeth Dinius, Timothée Fuchs, Antoine Furstein and Bastien Girschig
Windblower for ECAL by Victor Férier, Ludovica Gianoni and Danièle Walker Windblower for ECAL by Victor Férier, Ludovica Gianoni and Danièle Walker

Seamlessly integrating interactive electronics, the objects react to their surroundings and appear to move on their own accord, with illusionary qualities. Magical and mischievous in nature, the collection includes two Voodoo chairs and Ostinati, a trio of iridescent coloured vessels that pivot and twirl by themselves on a tabletop.

‘We wanted to experiment with the concept of gravity and force, but most importantly be very playful with it,’ designer Nicolas Nahornyj tells LS:N Global. ‘The objects contain a Gio motor which creates a counter force that allows them to balance and pivot and appear to defy gravity – evoking a sense of illusion.’

Objects for the home are increasingly being designed to integrate haptic technology that includes elements of play. For more examples of tactile technology, see our Tactile Hardwear.