Optical Illusions, Jewel Tones, and Geometry: Curating the Psychedelic Living Room

It’s candy-colored houseware at its best.

camilla richter: and a and be and not folding screen from designboom on Vimeo.

At IMM Cologne, very recent University of of the Arts, Berlin graduate Camilla Richter unveiled “And A And Be And Not,” the frivolous naming of which is overshadowed by its brilliance. The nominee for the D3 Innovation Award is technically what tradition would call a room divider, but it provides so much more than partition; it acts as a constantly evolving sculpture and light fixture for the room in which it rests. It’s so reactionary to lighting conditions, the effect of its presence evolves throughout the day — either by the movement of the sun tracing patterns on the walls of shifting colors, formations, and positions, or by the changes one imposes physically. The panels pivot and twist to create different shapes, while their tints fade and brighten depending on the intensity of the light and the angle of the viewer. The result is a hybrid of stained glass window and kaleidoscope.

A Pandora-like algorithm for furnishing the home does not yet exist, but if you like Richter’s room dividers, we imagine you’d also be into the following:

The hexagon-shaped tops and transparent glass of Sebastian Scherer‘s brand new Isom tables generate various optical illusions consisting of two- and three-dimensional shapes, depending on where you’re standing.

Hulk Cabinet, 2011, Rafael de Cárdenas

Rafael de Cárdenas takes inspiration from the geometric repetition and rotation of Art Deco and goes off running wild with it, tinting his collection of armoires and benches with bold, expressive colors.

Casa Torres Vedras, 2010, North of Lisbon, Pedro Gadanho

And because we need somewhere to put them, we offer up a space where these gems will feel at home: Prior to taking up his position as contemporary architecture curator at MoMA, architect Pedro Gadanho designed a house fifty kilometers north of Lisbon, where he took color-blocking to a new level by imbuing the walls with iMac-caliber tones.

— Janelle Zara