Every once in a while I come across a piece of environmental design so brilliant it makes my brain spin. The masterminds at STATIC!, part of Sweeden’s Interactive Institute, have devised a series of hypothetical products that interact with their users according to varying levels of household energy use, such as a lamp that “flowers” when energy use is low, becoming more beautiful.
In the example ‘Disappearing-Pattern Tiles’, bathroom tiles [pictured above] are decorated with patterns in a thermo-chromic ink that reacts to heat, fading away to reflect splashes and intensities of hot-water use. The longer the shower, the less decoration on the wall! The architectural surface acts as a subtle reminder of personal energy use over time, reflecting the duration and waste of water during a shower.