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Electric wallpaper… giving off shocks!

Flavor Paper and UM Project unveils Conduct, the unexpected and interactive wallpaper shaking up New York

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Forget the good old wallpapers you once used to know. Say farewell to those two-dimensional patterns and static designs that silently vanish behind your living cabinetry. Please, embrace the era of talking walls, or sound-emitting walls we would rather say. Not only, but they can also produce shimmering light and movement!

Nope, you are not dealing with some science-fiction movie here, nor with an intriguing art installation. It is Conduct you are faced with, the latest frontier of design wallpapers.

Born from the collaboration of NYC-based brands Flavor Paper and UM Project, both well-known for a wildly experimental and innovative approach to the design world, Conduct made its first, mind-blowing debut at the Collective Design Fair in New York. 


By gently brushing it with your fingers, you will make this pale pink wallpaper and its occasional grey hints immediately come alive. Rather than being camouflaged, the embedded electric circuits are openly displayed and turned into graphic features: the steampunk-inspired tiles have been screen-printed with lines of conductive ink and linked with copper tabs in order to allow the current to reach all electrical items. 

As for the walls, they get rid of their boring role as neutral background in favour of a surprisingly interactive experience: circuits are triggered by five touch-sensitive circular pads at the end of the ink lines, while a central speaker system emits sounds, and a brass and glass dial is spiced up by small LED-powered lamps.


The wall thus turns into a multimedia display providing limitless possibilities, with each electric item being crafted by hand in the name of minimalist design and engineering genius. 

Flavour Paper and UM Project have remodelled the wallpaper galaxy by exploring unusual developments and functionalities, and also by converting your house’s walls into highly engaging and lively surfaces – futuristic canvases where to stamp your own personal mark


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by Elisa Zagaria / 6 June 2017


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