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Diffus at the Opera…

The Exhibition “Health Environment Climate” will take place the 25th of April 2012 from 2pm to 5pm at the Royal Danish Opera. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will open the exhibition. For this event, Diffus was invited to create an artistic statement on contemporaneous environmental and climatic concerns. We teamed up with knowledge center Alexandra Institute to realize the “UV-Dress”, a dress made with a pattern of soft apertures located over all the summer dress and reacting organically to the amount of UV by gently opening up or closing down the orifices which expose the skinto the sun. This reactive UV-dress will be presented during the limited time of the
Local medias speculate if her Highness will be wearing the dress…Stay tuned !

Diffus at the Opera…

The Exhibition “Health Environment Climate” will take place the 25th of April 2012 from 2pm to 5pm at the Royal Danish Opera. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will open the exhibition. For this event, Diffus was invited to create an artistic statement on contemporaneous environmental and climatic concerns. We teamed up with knowledge center Alexandra Institute to realize the “UV-Dress”, a dress made with a pattern of soft apertures located over all the summer dress and reacting organically to the amount of UV by gently opening up or closing down the orifices which expose the skinto the sun. This reactive UV-dress will be presented during the limited time of the
Local medias speculate if her Highness will be wearing the dress… Stay tuned !

DIFFUS = Green Vitamin for Phaidon Press…

Now available:
Vitamin Green” by Phaidon-Press, with a highlight on the work by Diffus on sustainable Design and innovative technologies.
‘this book offers a definitive survey of sustainable design and architecture from around the world’ Building Design
‘Vitamin Green is Phaidon’s definitive and up to the minute guide to the world’s most innovative projects in green design’ Life and Times
‘Each project was handpicked, and the book curated, by a handful of design critics and influential thinkers, resulting in an in-depth survey of the most innovative interventions in design today’stylesight.com
Vitamin Green provides an up-to-the-minute look at the single most important topic in contemporary design: sustainability. This new attention to the life of the things we make is changing the way design is practiced on every level and will be at the center of discussions about architecture, landscape architecture, and product design in the twenty-first century. Projects nominated by an international collection of designers, curators, critics and thinkers were selected to create the best possible sourcebook of the most exciting and original green designs at all scales, from eyeglasses to landscapes and from motorcycles to skyscrapers. The result is an inspirational survey of the enormous amount of innovative work being done in this field, as well as a directory of products, ideas and techniques for both designers and consumers. Filled with projects that are built and in production, Vitamin Green provides a lively and inspiring visual definition of the term ‘sustainable design’, showing people what really can be achieved today.

Interactive Costumes for the “100 Dancers”performance

 
 
 
 
The design and realization of five Interactive light costumes in collaboration with Coline Fontaine and Delphine Piault, worn by the Contact-Improvisation dancers involved in the “100-Dancers” meeting in Copenhagen during the first week of august. The artistic aim was to create site specific choreography and big volumes of movement, a mass of dancing bodies that in seconds transforms our notion of a given space. The Danish organizer and choreographer Pipaluk Supernova in collaboration with international dancers as well as installation artists, musicians, engineers, scientists, architects and programmers, has over the years experimented with many different ways of bringing the world of dance and site specific experiences into the audience.
Interaction
The interactive light costumes have 2 functionning modes:
acceleration and rotation. The patterns velocity and brightness will increase depending
on those 2 parameters. Also, there is an “idle” mode: When left alone on the scene,
the artefatcs would “pulsate ” as if they would breath trough its light pattern.
Credit
The Interactive Light Costumes for the “100 dancers” is a project initiated and financed
by Diffus Design. The framework, the materials and the context were given by Diffus.
The shape, form and interaction were developed as a joint project between Diffus Design
and designers Coline Fontaine and Delphine Piault. Other participants were Marlene Fisher,
Zeynep Sen, Nina Wester and David Sjunnesson.
Choreography and event organisator: Pipaluk Supernova
 
See more pictures of this project here !

Diffus wins Samsung Design award “Design that performs 2011” !

DESIGN THAT PERFORMS awards “A fantastic idea for a product design that unites functionality with aesthetics in a brand new way” …”Samsung pays tribute to great design and the talents behind it”.
Some comments from the international jury:
Sarah Gormley, director at Cecil Balmond Studio – London:
“An innovative concept that pushes the boundaries of wearable technologies. The integration looks seamless and importantly, the design has an aesthetic that  would appeal. An original way to read CO2 levels and visualize data”.
Nille Juul-Sørensen, associate director at Arup  and Chairman of the jury at  ”INDEX award“, the worlds most prestigious Design award:
“I think that the combination of traditional-rich fabric for clothes and the new high tech application is fantastic.
The proposal measures CO2 but I see more this design as the starting point where we design technologic things into our everyday garments in some very refined ways. The dress is well designed and the overall idea with the small stars which continuously evolve in brightness is beautifully conceived”.

Solar Handbag finally released!



 
Luxury handbag becomes a portable power station when miniaturized solar cells and embroideries are combined…
With the boom of environmental consciousness, bags with integrated solar cells to charge your mobile phone or laptop have become commonplace. The usual approach of placing flexible thin film solar modules onto messenger type bags, however, has primarily led to products in a outdoor/leisure category. Diffus Design has teamed up with e.g. Swiss embroidery specialist Forster Rohner and Alexandra institute (DK) to challenge this approach.
A handbag that charges your mobile, helps you find your keys and looks amazing!
In the daytime hours one hundred small solar power stations distributed on The Solar Handbag generate enough electricity to charge a mobile device and a powerful lithium ion battery hidden in a small compartment. At night or in dark surroundings, opening the bag activates optical fibres attached to the inside of the bag that give a diffuse glow and assist in the search for keys, purse or other objects of vital importance.
An aesthetic approach to function
The desire to create a solar energy harvesting surface that offers maximum design freedom while still being highly efficient is the driving force behind The Solar Handbag. Working around existing technologies is not an option: Most textile-based products have limited surface areas available and therefore thin film solar cells have limitations regarding efficiency and aesthetics. The technology behind The Solar Handbag is based on miniaturizing the currently most efficient photovoltaic material, monocrystalline silicon, into oversized sequins and processing them through traditional textile techniques.
The shape of the bag resembles the story between the relationship between the sun and moon – between light source and enlightened. Therefore the shape mimics an eclipse where the moon – the enlightened – interfere or interact with the sun – the light source. The surface is embroidered with an integrated combination of normal embroidery and conductive embroidery that is able to convey the energy harvested for the solar sequins to the rechargeable battery.
Promise of a powerful future
The Solar Handbag illustrates the first development step towards highly efficient, textile based solar cell surfaces. The first generation of solar elements shows an efficiency of 9% when converting solar energy into electrical energy. Overall, the solar elements distributed on The Solar Handbag are able to generate 2 Watts, more than enough energy to charge a mobile device, even at low daily exposure to sunlight. The next generation of solar elements are already promising – the new developments will double the efficiency.
Credit
Development of the solar elements was initiated by Swiss embroidery company Forster Rohner AG and conducted in a joint research project between the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (CH) and the NTB Buchs (CH). The Solar Handbag was created by Diffus Design (DK), in collaboration with the Swiss partners and The Alexandra Institute (DK) and Center for Software Innovation (DK).
Design assistant: Stine Lagefoged and Yasamin Zafar
Photography: Lisbeth Holten / www.lisbethholten.dk
 
The press release can be downloaded

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