Monday, September 29, 2008

Don't just feel the heat ... see it

A brilliantly simple but fantastic idea here by designer Shi Yuan. Thermal reactive wallpaper. The more it gets warm, the more the flowers in the pattern open. How great is that?

Wallpaper has had a bit of a bad press in recent years; mostly, it seems to me, due to the glut of property development TV shows that all chant the mantra of 'plain and neutral ... plain and neutral ...' But this is something very different to your standard flock or blown vinyl or, Heaven forbid, woodchip.

Imagine a room in Winter ... it's cold and dark outside and your walls are decorated with heat-sensitive paper; a forest scene of bare trees and patches of snow. You turn on the lights and the heating ... the snow melts, snowdrops and crocuses pop up through the soil. As the temperature rises, new grass begins to show, flowers appear and the trees become clothed in greenery. Is that a young rabbit by that tree?

But now it's got a little too warm, so you turn the heating down. The foliage fades to brown and red. The forest floor becomes littered with golden leaves. The flowers wilt and die. It's time for bed.

Wouldn't that be fantastic?

9 comments:

willow said...

That's creepy!

Stevyn Colgan said...

It's great!

chris hale said...

Let's play Devil's Advocaat for a moment.

We all feel happier and healthier in the summer. This wallpaper bursts into bloom when the temperature is high. So, in the middle of a damp and miseable winter, we turn up the heating, improving our sense of well-being but vastly increasing our carbon emissions.

Could it be that a bit of reactive wallpaper will be responsible for the advance of climate change and the end of civilisation as we know it? No, but I'm sure the Government will see it as an opportunity to slap a hefty tax on the stuff!

Yeah, I know it's advocate, but Advocaat sounded more amusing.

Janet said...

I agree - what a fantastic idea!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Chris - A wallpaper tax? Would it be recorded in the County Rolls?

Janet - Glad you like it. Little things like this impress simple people ike me. x

Katie said...

I would put this in my guest bathroom. :)

Stevyn Colgan said...

Bathroom would be good - once the steam from the shower or bath hits the plain blue walls, a coral reef emerges ... or something like that.

Mary Paddock said...

Oh, I have got to have this for my office. No one else in the house (all men) would appreciate it nearly as much as I would.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Mary - They might if you had wallpaper that worked like those thermal tea mugs in the 1980s; the ones that had an image of a lady whose clothes disappeared when the mug was filled with hot tea. Of course you could have the ladies' version too ...