Close to the Body research studio (2013)


The appearance of smart textile technology leads to completely new possibilities to design for human wellbeing. The research studio explores this emergent design space and proposes a new design practice. A practice that acknowledges that textiles are an intimate and central element in daily life, completely interwoven with our conscious and unconscious behavior and identity. A practice that exhibits a sensitivity to embodied interaction, acknowledges the importance of posture and movement, and appreciates the 1st person perspective. A practice that confronts the practicalities of integrating the worlds of electronics, fashion, manufacturing and design. To enable this practice, the research studio focuses on 3 key challenges: 1) exploring the dynamic relation between the body, textiles and context, 2) developing interaction styles that fit close to the body, and 3) getting smart textiles close to market ready product service systems (PSS).

Workshop co-directed with Dr. Oscar Tomico. A collaboration between Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia IAAC and School of Design ESDi.

TU/e professors collaborators: Eunjeong Jeon, Sietske Klooster, Martijn ten Bhömer, Eva Deckers, Kristi Kuusk and Marina Toeters.

IAAC professors collaborators: Carlos Gómez, Xavier González, Guillem Camprodón,Tomás Díaz and Anastasia Pistofidou.

ESDi collaborators: ESDi TV (Caitlin O’Rorke)

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