Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde was one of three speakers to receive a standing ovation at the Design Indaba conference, which took place in Cape Town at the start of March 2013.
He believes it is important that designers look at how new technology can be applied to existing infrastructure in this way. “I think that’s the role of the designer, to create missing links between this old failing world and the new world,” he says.
Roosegaarde also explains the concept behind his Intimacy project, a series of dresses that become transparent when the wearer’s heart rate increases. “Technology is our second skin, our second language, in the way we communicate our experience, our information. But why are we looking at these bloody iPhone screens the whole day? Why can’t it be more tactile, more intuitive?”
Finally, he reveals that his studio is currently taking the project in an interesting new direction. “Right now we’re also working on a suit for men, especially for the banking world, which becomes transparent when they lie,” he says. “Let’s see what reality looks like then.”