It’s candy-colored houseware at its best.
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: