Tactile Light Textile

  • The research of hybrid crafts in Hong Kong. Photo Courtesy of Studio Florian and Christine.
  • The research of hybrid crafts in Hong Kong. Photo Courtesy of Studio Florian and Christine.
  • The research of hybrid crafts in Hong Kong. Photo Courtesy of Studio Florian and Christine.

‘Tactile Light Textile’ explores how we can bring traditional craft and modern technology together within a modern light design context. The traditional craft portion involves collaborating with Hong Kong embroiderers and textile artisans, while the modern technology aspect involves working with LED lighting/wiring systems and motion sensors. 

‘Tactile Light Textile’ explores how we can bring traditional craft and modern technology together within a modern light design context. The traditional craft portion involves collaborating with Hong Kong embroiderers and textile artisans, while the modern technology aspect involves working with LED lighting/wiring systems and motion sensors. 

Studio Florian and Christine has been exploring and learning about Hong Kong’s heritage craft for the past two years, and we want to incorporate a side of modern innovative technology within these crafts to create what we call, “hybrid crafts.” The concept of hybrid craft explores how we can preserve heritage skills for the future, and realise the potential and value of these traditional crafts within even something as different, as modern technological lighting components. 

Therefore, by beginning with this design research and creating a series of textile experiments that integrate material innovation, heritage embroidery, LED lights and sensors to create lighting that may be soft and tactile. Technology today has mainly been described as hard, industrial, and smooth, but we ask whether future technology may become soft, tactile, and flexible–especially in terms of modern lighting? We intend to explore the question of future lighting, specifically by focusing on how heritage craft may lead us to modernity, alongside heritage craftsmen and the creative network we have built in Hong Kong. Through this design exploration and interaction with fellow creatives, we intend for this project to create discussions on the value of heritage craft within modern design. 

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2020
Grantee: Florian Wegenast, Christine Lew
Organisation: Studio Florian and Christine

Studio Florian and Christine is a multidisciplinary design studio, currently based in Hong Kong. As a two-person led practice, both designers are MA graduates from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. The two come with experience working internationally and their expertise includes, industrial design and fashion / material innovation design.

Their studio is working at the intersect of sustainable materials, craft, and social innovation. The studio philosophy involves investigating sustainable materials and how they may be utilised for design-led social innovation. They aim to push the boundaries of sustainable design and how it can be used for future forms and functions.