Category: Awards

because we Worth it

Because we’re WORTH it!

Our project proposal called ‘Ilutex’ has successfully addressed relevant evaluation criteria, and in a first round, it has ranked within the shortlist of 85 finalist projects. After a second round of interview in Valencia, Spain, our project has now been selected and will be endorsed by the Worth Partnership Project.

About the Ilutex proposal: The goal of Ilutex will be the printing of phosphorescent patterns on facade textiles.

Project Team:
– Vadim Tenner
– Jan Serode
– Diffus Design

About Jan Serode:
Architect and researcher at the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), his work mainly focusses on new concepts for textile-based facades.

About Vadim Tenner:
Research associate at the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA). He is our partner and co-founder of PowerPatterns, a company aiming to develop a new way of battery integration into wearable smart textiles.

About WORTH:
WORTH Partnership Project creates and supports transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creative people, manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) and technology firms looking to develop design-driven and innovative products. Worth Partnership Project is funded by the COSME programme of the European Union.

It is a EU-project implemented by a consortium of enterprises with complementary expertise in providing support to SMEs and start-ups. WORTH is led by the Textile Technology Institute AITEX, (KEPA, IED, DAG Communication, AA Franzosi) with the core belief that creative industries (SMEs and start-ups) are key drivers of economic growth in Europe.

Vicente Cambra, R&D Assistant Manager of AITEX and WORTH project manager: “In accordance with European Union objectives, we are focused on elevating the competitiveness of fashion, lifestyle and consumer goods industries by pushing their design and innovation essence. WORTH Partnership Project is an opportunity for creative SMEs and start-ups to expand their innovation and design abilities through cross-border and cross-discipline partnerships across Europe”

WORTH Partnership Project is a continuing edition of the successful pilot project which took place between 2013 and 2015. To know more about the 34 showcased products and results developed during the WORTH pilot project visit: www.pilot.worth-project.eu/






Publishing our achievements at WEAR-Sustain

‘Wearable Energy-Textile batteries’, the project that we have developped thanks to a grant from the European ‘WEAR Sustain’ consortium, is now completed. We are excited about the outcome, especially because the achievements are convincing us to believe that a commercial solutions lies ahead of us.
The main outcome, as delivered is now publicised in our wear-sustain ‘work’ page.




Winning WEAR Sustains open-call

The consortium partners of WEAR Sustain has selected our team (Diffus Design + Vadim Tenner) as one of the winner of the WEAR Sustain Open Call !
The jury of WEAR Sustains was “impressed with our application and our pitch”, and selected us as one of the top proposals.
Our project will be mentored by Patric Lind and Goran Andersson, both co-founder of Palago AB and located in Lund, Sweden. The goal of the mentoring is to optimize the potentials of this R&D project to find a viable ways towards future commercial opportunities.

About Vadim Tenner:
Vadim is a Research Associate at Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University (ITA). He has expertise in Smart Textiles,  Customized Connectivity Solutions for Electronics-Integration into Textiles, Automation Technologies for mass Customization of Smart Textiles.

About WEAR Sustain:
The goal of WEAR Sustain is to develop best practices for enabling, facilitating and growing the European wearable technology, smart and electronic textiles network, toward collaborations and innovations between artists/designers and technologists who are working on ethical and sustainable solutions and technologies for a better future.
WEAR Sustain aims to pave the way by initiating the evolution of wearables that are more ethical, critical and aesthetic, and ultimately sustainable for future generations.

About the project:
The goal of our project is to develop a new way of battery integration into wearable smart textiles. The idea is to create visually appealing battery patterns right onto textiles where everyone can see them. Designing the battery patterns in an aesthetical way creates completely new possibilities for smart wearable applications.
The idea of this project is to take advantage of the development within printed batteries on foil and transfer the technique to textile. One advantage of this approach is that textiles for wearable and accessories provide a huge surface that can be used for functionalization. This means that a relatively big amount of energy can be stored in printed batteries. By aiming at decoration and wearability we do not need to think about the problems that might occur when minimizing the battery area. By looking at the battery as an asset rather than a necessary evil we can make batteries beautiful and wearable.
This approach will function as an enabler technology for the next generation of Smart Textiles, so that the existing product prototypes e.g. for assisted living can finally enter the market to enhance everyone’s life.
The product is a rechargeable, flexible, drapeable and visually appealing battery!
The results of our reserach will be publicised in about 9 months…time to charge the batteries.
So, please stay tuned!




Diffus Design receives Red Dot Award

SpacEmotion by Diffus Design has been awarded the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014, one of the world’s largest and most renowned product design competitions.
Underlining it’s credentials in design excellence in one of the world’s largest and most renowned product competitions, WSpacEmotion stood out from 4.815 entries and bestowed the distinction ‘Honorable Mention’ for excellent detail solutions from the international Red Dot jury. This coveted top award, places SpacEmotion by Diffus at the forefront of international product design.
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, said: “The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention. Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the panel. This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions. Therefore, the winners can be proud of their achievements – with their entries, they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts. This success will be perceptible during the Red Dot Gala, when the laureates will receive the recognition of the international audience.”
SpacEmotion is an interior design that is creating a sensory and ambient atmosphere in your surroundings. It is a modular system of textile discs that have been embroidered with conductive yarn to generate different outputs including light, sound and scent across a custom made surface.
SpacEmotion can be used as a window curtain, a room divider, a sound installation and a light source. Sensory discs can be added, removed or re-configured to change the layout of a SpacEmotion array. The modular system provides opportunities for patterns and sensory functions to be added as new applications emerge and technologies such as OLED and printed responsive surfaces are developed.
Modern appliances are increasingly collected as design objects within the home, accepted and celebrated as a necessary evil for modern life. SpacEmotion creates an easily transformable and configurable system of appliances able to contain different functionalities within a networked array of soft, repetitive disks acting as smart power and information hubs. Individual appliances are transformed into an organic network with interrelated functionalities that is highly appealing to our senses.
SpacEmotion is designed by Hanne-Louise Johannesen and Michel Guglielmi, the co-owners at Diffus Design and developed in collaboration with Riccardo Marchesi from Inntex, Italy.
About the Red Dot Design Award
With the Red Dot Design Award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created an internationally renowned product competition. Its prize, the Red Dot, has established itself worldwide as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for at least one year.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.
Further information: www.red-dot.de/press

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