World renowned lighting designer Ingo Maurer has been working with LEDs since the late 1990s. He recently partnered with high-end wallpaper manufacturer Architect Papers to create LED wall paper. The wall paper comes in large 126 x 23.5 inch sheets that hold printed circuit boards containing 840 integrated LEDs.
The wall paper can be switched on or off to create a combination of colors and patterns and can be dimmed to create a more subtle effect. The wall paper fashions a fairly rudimentary 3-D box pattern similar the 3-D boxes found in an early video game, Qbert, but spread out throughout the sheet of wall paper. Before you get excited, it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to put it in the game room yet. The wall paper is available in five patterns and costs $3000 per sheet, according to Metropolis magazine.
In an interview with Metropolis magazine, Maurer said that feels LEDs are best suited for small, hidden light sources, technical applications, and, surprisingly, wallpaper. After putting wall paper idea on the back burner for more than a decade, his Munich studio has been working on wall paper actively for about five years. Maurer thinks that he came up with the solution for mass production in collaboration with the German company Architects Paper.
Maurer told Metropolis that he couldn’t be happier with the look and feel of the wall paper filling a room with thousands of the tiny red, blue, and white lights placed along the lines of an enormous, flexible circuit board printed onto the paper. “For many years, I’ve been a big fan of the aesthetic of circuit boards,” he told Metropolis. “And on the wallpaper, I used that aesthetic. First of all, because we needed it. And second of all, because it looks magnificent. It really looks magnificent.”
Metropolis, Patterns of Light: Five years in the making, Ingo Maurer’s wallpaper is a surprising application of LED technology, http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20120720/patterns-of-light
Mashable, LED Wallpaper Is a Nerd’s Ultimate Nightlight, http://mashable.com/2012/08/06/led-wallpaper/
SmartPlanet.com, LED wallpaper illuminates the technology’s role in design, http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/design-architecture/led-wallpaper-illuminates-the-technologys-role-in-design/8555?tag=main