Salt Lake City–based studio 3Form, and Billerica, Mass.–based electronic-paper displays provider E Ink have collaborated to create Viva, a new interior wall treatment that combines the former's Wovin Wall and the latter's E Ink Prism products.
Thanks to electronic, color-changing ink technology in E Ink Prism, each tile can not only change its own hue, but also be programmed to create different patterns in conjunction with other modules. This ink works by applying an electric field to positively and negatively charged microcapsules of pigment suspended in a transparent fluid within each module to attract or repel corresponding colors and modify the color on the surface.
This technology is integrated into 3Form's Wovin Wall, a 3D modular wall system that comes in standard, or rectangular, tiles of 11.18 by 11.43 inches, and oval tiles of 13.93 by 11.43 inches. Installed on a grid, like a puzzle, the oval tiles appear to form a tightly knit pattern, whereas the standard ones are more spacious.
The result fuses technology and design in a wall system. Viva won a 2016 Best of NeoCon Award in Innovation in June.
Watch Viva in action below:
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