The Principals, a Brooklyn-based practice that work on industrial design and interactive environments, are posing a question to the design community: What would it be like if the environment we inhabit responded to our present in an active way? What if we shift the scale of the way in which our devices operate to the way our buildings function? The questions posed by The Principals are the considerations of a project called Cosmic Quilt that is planned to be exhibited on Design Week 2012 on May 19-21. In order to create a mock-up of this type of space, the group is enlisting the help of 20 students from the Art Institute of New York and the help of financial backer’s through Kickstarter.
More on the planned project after the break.
Cosmic Quilt will be constructed by The Principals and a group 20 students who will be instructed on how to construct network sensors, motors and architectural form for the creation of reactive space. In order to realize this project, the group needs to raise $8000 by May 12th. In conjunction with the interactive environment, the group has designed a line of furniture that will be awarded to backers of the project. These include coasters, a fruit bowl and a side table which are all constructed in prismatic sections, reminiscent of the planned interactive environment for Design Week.