Danish textile designer Astrid Krogh is doing the most amazing things with light and fiber (optical and otherwise) I know of. For this work, the ends of the fibers were connected to monitors that radiated colored lights into the fibers themselves.
As the designer says:
To weave with light itself opens up new possibilities for interior desing such as modern tapestry and lighting.
Designed by 23 year old design graduate Owen Hissey, this triangular bedside light is the perfect shape for resting an open book on, at the correct page, at the end of an evening read in bed. As soon as the book moulds onto it the lights go out - so now there's no more searching around for the light switch!
If anyone knows how to contact Owen Hissey, please let me know.
Designers: Josh Morenstein, Gadi Amit, Giuseppe Della Sala for newdealdesign.
Echelon is a modular furniture system made of aluminum and Panelite. This material offers luminous translucent color with exceptional structural rigidity: stained glass meets space-age composite technology.
I don't like the design that much, and it doesn't really look very comfy, but hey, someone's finally found a way to use panelite in a piece of furniture.
Designers: Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen of design collective HeHe
A wall covered with a cloud of 172 plastic hexagons, each of them interactive and reactive. If you move your hand across them, they light up or go out, and the light increases (or decreases) in intensity.
This is only one of many fascinating light (& sound) design experiments carried out by HeHe.
The days of dull, grey concrete could be about to end. A Hungarian architect has combined the world’s most popular building material with optical fiber from Schott to create a new type of concrete that transmits light.
A wall made of “LitraCon” allegedly has the strength of traditional concrete but thanks to an embedded array of glass fibers can display a view of the outside world, such as the silhouette of a tree, for example.
“Thousands of optical glass fibers form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two main surfaces of every block,” explained its inventor Áron Losonczi. “Shadows on the lighter side will appear with sharp outlines on the darker one. Even the colours remain the same. This special effect creates the general impression that the thickness and weight of a concrete wall will disappear.”
Long Version: The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project (SBLP), a University of New South Wales-based arts/science collaboration, was formed to research and develop the functional capabilities of the natural process of bioluminescence with respect to its creative application towards visual media and interactive technology. Bioluminescence is the emission of light by living organisms through the process of oxidation, or burning.
Shorter Version: A visual artist (John Nicholson) and a biologist (Dr Kathy Takayama) have joined forces to use the natural luminescence of some bacteria to create some really cool interior lighting applications.
Upshot: It's time to stop killing bacteria. They're now our friends.
A curtain of fiber optics woven with cotton that protects against sunlight. At night it glows thanks to LEDs on the top of the curtain, which are controlled by a light sensor. In the next phase, photosensitive cells will store daylight to be projected in the evening.
This is a prototype looking for a manufacturer. I hope it finds one soon.