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Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

A T M O S P H E R I C  
P O R T A L S 
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Exhibited during
Rio Design Week 2017

Rio Design Week

In the urban domestic sphere, often hermetic to the outside, our affective implication with the natural phenomena has lost in strength and meaning. Only our meteorological instruments ensure a link between us and them, but they often remain quite pragmatic and not much poetic. 

The Atmospheric Portals, Leone, Horace and Santorio, were born from the research of a more intuitive and emotional connexion between us and these invisible natural forces.

Gathered, they create a unique ecosystem of living and subtle objects which enliven the domestic space and allow people to sensitively feel the meteorological informations. Received and measured in real time outside by a smart sensor, the variations of wind, humidity and temperature are directly delivered inside, exciting people senses and memories.

The Atmospheric Portals implicate the user into unique moments of rituals and poetic experiences. In response, making contact with the objects everyday intensifies the user sensitivity to the information transmitted, and thus to the natural phenomena.

Autonomous and responsive, the three sculptural objects reflect the mesmerizing instability of Nature, source of positive and unexpected emotions.

 

Materials : Engraved Brass, Epxoy Resin,
Thermochromic Textile, Paper…
Dimensions :  Leone : 95 x 72 x 340 mm
Horace : 363 x 400 mm
Santorio : 160 x 110 x 90 mm

Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

H O R A C E  is a wall frame which changes its colour and motif following the variations of the environment humidity. When the humidity reaches a peculiar level (80 %), the object delivers an undergrowth perfume in the air. This perfume is a sensitive information which can alert the user when the humidity is quite high without even looking to the object.
The system is based on a thermochromic textile which changes its colouration thanks to a heating device below it. The technical device adapts the heat following the processed data delivered by the external sensor.
Thanks to subtle lines, born from the embossing of the textile surface, the user can distinguish a humidity level between 20 and 100%.

Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

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Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

L E O N E  is a totem which expresses the changes of the wind intensity thanks to different vibrations of thin pieces of paper. Rubbing against each other, the pieces generate peculiar rustles and a vibration at the same time visual and acoustic.
Moving around the cylinder, the vibration produced indicates a wind intensity from 10 to 80 km/h.
As Horace, the technical device of Leone adapts the vibration following the processed data delivered by the external sensor.

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Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

S A N T O R I O  is a luminous rock which indicates the outside temperature from the nightstand. Following the variations of temperature, the object releases a delicate light with a peculiar colour and place.
The engraving brass slab indicates the spectrum of variations of the object : from minus 10 degrees to 40 degrees.
The fluid and mineral semi-opaque shape of the object encourages the user manipulation and plays with the luminous rays produced by the internal OLED display. Following the informations transmitted by the external sensor, the OLED display changes the characteristics of the emitted light.

Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

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Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals
Alexis Blanchard designer Atmospheric Portals

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