The anisotropic material properties of moisture expansion in industrially produced paper and natural wood are similar and mostly tried to be avoided. Combined with other materials though, the expansion of the paper reveals interesting effects, which can be used in rather atypical contexts.
This materiality is explored in this project called ‘Transformative Paper’ by Florian Hundt. Transformative Paper is a layered structure, which reacts to short-term environmental conditions, morphing into various states. Thoroughly dry, it creates a tactile and exciting surface by raising the separate segments. Exposed to minimal change of humidity it creates a gesture so subtle it is almost invisible, while it performs a vast transformation when it gets wet. Under the influence of rain, the layers shape a closed surface and respond by glowing gently.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Holzbach, IMD
Prof. Georg-Christof Bertsch, Intercultural Design
Dipl.-Des. Steffen Reiter, IMD
Dipl.-Des. Friedrich Söllner, IMD
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