In this industry, we are always on the lookout for the coolest new furniture or the craziest new office designs. Over the years we have seen some fantastic interior innovations, but it’s safe to say we haven’t been this excited in a long time.
When we saw the words ‘Luminous Carpets’ it conjured up thoughts of the sort of thing you might find in a science fiction movie, but this isn’t make-believe, this is a spectacular collaborative effort between electronics giant Philips and leading carpet supplier Desso.
The idea is very simple, yet the technology is ground-breaking, and the limitations for its use are endless. Put simply, Luminous Carpets™ is a combination of highly durable carpet, layered on top of an LED lighting unit that is capable of being programmed remotely via an app.
The patented Philips LED technology is installed underneath the carpet tiles, and is strong enough to endure the wear and tear of being walked on, while at the same time protecting against the risk of spillages without overheating.
So, how can it be used? Well, according to the Luminous Carpets™ website, “creativity and imagination are the only limits to its application” so we’ve been thinking…
What if you could do away with old fashioned wall-signs and guide people intuitively through a building? The carpet could be used to create visual patterns indicating the flow of movement and offer assistance on directions in schools, hospitals and other workplaces.
Imagine being able to display perfectly placed health and safety information, taking advantage of people’s tendency to inadvertently use the floor as a guide when moving through a space.
The technology could be used to display videos, infographics or logos in an office environment, or provide business news, celebrate an occasion, event information, or tell patients their waiting time in a doctors surgery.
As the saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. However, it is clear already that this is not just a gimmick or a desperate marketing ploy; we really believe Luminous Carpets™ are the most innovative new way to make floor designs truly persuasive, with a technology that is both easy to use and hard to mimic.
We want to give great big hats-off to the individuals at Philips and Desso for their hard work, and we’re all very excited to see it in action in the near future!
Posted January 13, 2015