Conduct - the conductive wallpaper

Collective Design Fair 2017


Conduct is an interactive wall covering experience designed and manufactured by Flavor Paper and UM Project. By touching key points on the screen printed conductive ink tiles, the participant closes the loop and triggers the wall to come alive with sound, light and motion. These design moments reflect the playful nature of both brands and engage and delight those who connect to make magic. Special attention was paid to the integration of 2D and 3D elements to create a novel and immersive experience. Colors, textures, materials, scale and outcomes are customizable as all aspects are handmade in Brooklyn. With its artful combination of technology and design, ‘Conduct’ elevates the concept of wallpaper into a new realm of possibility that transcends décor.

The installation incorporates soft pink and greige hues with splashes of Ghislaine Viñas’ Wild Thing wallpaper. Handprinted plywood tiles featuring graphic circuitry traces connect with polished copper tabs that conduct electricity to the UM Project function boxes.

Sound Light Box utilizes a single touchpad to activate deeper rings of light in a Verner Panton inspired Corian housing. With a final touch, a tonal sound emanates from a central speaker before the lights and sound fade out. Light Timer and Moiré starts a timer realized as a James Turrell-influenced progressive light bar made of Corian. As the timer ultimately turns bright orange, the signal travels down the circuits to turn a handprinted moiré panel made of wood and plexiglass. Shadow Shower features a single touchpad that triggers a large overhead light canopy made of wood and metal, bathing the participant in a shower of light and a shadow pattern.

Shutter Box stimulates a moving shutter panel with wood patterned and mirrored sides that move across a handprinted striped wooden box, creating an effect that resembles the American flag, but with dots rather than stars to represent unity. Meanwhile, the mirrored side allows users to see themselves in the representation. Light Box involves a quad touchpad enabling users to press different elements that light up quadrants of a bronze glass-housed LED system with leather washer details. Lastly, with Fan, a beautiful perforated copper relay bar is placed on a stand, which immediately activates nine fans to the user’s side and offers a gentle breeze.

The innovative wallpaper embodies the playful character of both companies, and the display uniquely demonstrates Flavor Paper’s ability to create wall coverings that function as modern works of art. This installation’s thoughtful combination of 2D and 3D elements creates an exciting, novel experience, and as all aspects are handmade in Brooklyn, the colors, textures, materials, scale and outcomes are completely customizable.

‘Conduct’ is a skillful combination of innovative engineering and inspirational ideas, with a bright and engaging arrangement that gives new meaning to wallpaper. This compelling display provides an inviting, immersive experience that encourages exploration of the endless opportunities within wallpaper design.

Conduct is available for site specific installations and custom applications. Please contact us directly if interested.