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“Remote Home, One Home Two cities”
is an interactive live installation which took place simultaneously at The Science Museum (London) and the Raumlabor Gallery (Berlin) in May 2003 as part of a collaborative project between Carole Collet and Tobi Schneidler from the Smart Studio at the Interactive Institute in Sweden. This project was commissioned by Tricia Austin, co-curator of the “user_mode, Emotion and Intuition in Design” symposium organised across Tate Modern and the Science Museum.

Project team:


Smart Studio/Interactive Institute:

Tobi Schneidler, Architect and Project Manager

Magnus Jonsson , Engineer Fredrik Petersson, Engineer

Erik Grönvall, Programmer,

Stefanie Schneidler, Fashion designer Adam Somlai Fischer, Architect



*Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London*

Carole Collet, Textile Designer, Course Director, MA Textile Futures

Tricia Austin, co-curator, user_mode Symposium



With special thanks to:

Jane Rapley (OBE),Jonathan Barratt,Kevin Bolger, and Amy Plant from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Dave Pattern and Joe Cutting from the Science Museum, London.

Marcus Bader, from Raumlabor, Berlin

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The moving bench at the Science Museum, London ( image 1 &2), connected live with the Raumlabor Gallery, Berlin (image 3&4)

  Details of the printed textiles: organic linen, pigment and flock printing

Major research projects in the field of “Future Homes”, such as the House_n at MIT, or the Philips and Orange proposals foster a technologically-led approach to design innovation. In reaction to this context, “Remote Home” aimed at enabling intelligent technologies to tease and nurture human emotions through a material and design–led approach. For the first time in the arena of interactive design, the project investigated the notion of flat-sharing at a distance across two cities and two countries and challenged preconceived boundaries and conventional definitions of “home”. In an increasingly global context where long distance relationships have become more common, this project explored the interaction between architecture and emotions at a remote distance. The main focus was to design unspoken communication codes through exploring the potential of textiles, not only as an intelligent interface, but as a carrier of emotional values. The final live installation staged two conceptual flats embedded with intelligent technologies so as to respond to the presence and movement of their inhabitants across London and Berlin. The furniture and wall-coverings in the London “flat” physically transformed themselves in a symbiotic fashion to signify that someone was “home” in Berlin, and vice versa. This included furnishings changing shape and colour in reaction to people sitting or walking in either flat.



The project evolved from creative brainstorming sessions with the smart studio team, to an iterative process between engineering and design development. The final live event at the Science Museum allowed for evaluation and testing of the experiment. Following the launch, the project was invited to e-culturefair in Amsterdam in October 2003.



remote home                                                         2003

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