Interdisciplinary use of design approaches
The combination of design approach and scientific methodology leads to surprising, innovative solutions that cannot be achieved with conventional development methods.
This design research example shows a reactive surface that reacts to environmental parameters. It closes when exposed to humidity.
“Transformative Paper” integrates bionically derived functions into a parametrically designed structure.
Function in material
Natural materials such as wood have very specific properties. Its anisotropic nature can also be found in industrially manufactured paper. By understanding and making use of these material properties, new applications can be found and functions can be integrated into the material.
The surface continuously adapts to environmental influences acting upon it. The changing humidity transforms the paper. A motion that is initially unperceivable, but which adapts and closes visibly when directly exposed to moisture. When dry, the reaction revises and the individual fragments rise again.
The principle is scalable in its application. Applications are conceivable in the fields of architecture, automotive, outdoor and many others.
The design research project “Ceramic Wood” investigates wood-based ceramics. By modifying an existing industrial process, experiments were systematically conducted. The process was adapted in such a way that it became usable in a new, design-based way.
Experiment and Application
In the second step of the project, specific application examples were designed. These were realized as prototypes so that the concept is present in tangible forms.
Thus, the usability of the application was demonstrated in a concrete application.