Friday, May 16, 2008

Light up your life... or at least your home!

With Jonas Samson's high-tech light-emitting wallpaper it's possible to use a two-dimensional flat surface as light source instead of a 3D object.

As long as the wallpaper is turned ‘off’, it is indistinguishable as a source of light. Instead, it is just what it appears to be: wallpaper. The size is 240 X 360 cm.

So how does it work? Speaking exclusively to TechRadar, Samson explained that the wallpaper actually uses existing technology, but applies it in a different way:

"The base material is made from a commercially available product that’s manufactured by a number of companies. What I have done, though, is to apply that technology in a different way."

Delving deeper, Samson revealed that the wallpaper is constructed by "sandwiching" a number of layers together that combine to produce light:

"The back layer is a silver-based solution that conducts electricity, while the layer above this contains phosphorous pigments that light up. On top of this is a flexible, transparent ITO conductor layer, with regular wallpaper placed on top to act as the final, outwardly visual layer," he explained.

The result, when it’s switched on, is a visually stunning wall-of-light that can be turned off and on, just like a regular light.

Although Samson first revealed his creation to the public last year, this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile interior design show in Milan, where he is exhibiting, looks set to make his creation a must-have for those who can afford it.

Ah yes, the price… Well, given that everything is designed from scratch and made to order, there are no set costs for installation of Samson’s light-emitting wallpaper. That said, Samson told us that 6,000 euros could be considered a basic "starting price".

By Audley Jarvis

Through my friend designer Jordan Cappella!


  1. παιδιά, τέλειο.... θέλω κι εγώ τέτοιο σε λέω!!!!

  2. Κι εγώ θέλω αλλά με τέτοια τιμή...

  3. η τιμή τιμή δεν έχει...

  4. Χμφ! Στη ΔΕΘ είδα κάτι ανάλογο από εγχώρια εταιρεία που τα είχε από 3000 ευρώπουλα! Ομολογώ ότι είχα μπει στο τριπάκι να ρωτήσω. Αυτό που με χάλασε ήταν ότι δεν υπάρχει εγγύηση και ότι για να εγκατασταθούν ήθελαν 3 μέρες (μόνο 1 τοίχος σαλονιού φαντάσου). Θα ψάξω να βρω τα διαφημιστικά