Feltscape is a breathing cloud made from felt and thermoplastic that captures noise and customizes interior acoustic and lighting qualities. It aims to develop a technical textile by combining thermoplastics with industrial felt, beginning with additive manufacturing as a process for creating composite materials.
The textile is reinforced by extruding fibbers of polymer materials by using robotic additive manufacturing. Through the work, a new technique called ‘push and print’ has been developed. The combination of the fiber placement with the forming process is the novelty of this method. The robot places the filament by pushing the felt at the same time, freezing the fabric into a final shape. Furthermore, since this technique is moldless, bespoke double-curvature shapes can be easily achieved without the use of expensive and wasteful molds.
The composite is lightweight, self-supporting, and its performance-informed reinforcement pattern can be designed according to requirements like structural behaviour or choreographed movement. This lightweight felt cloud can be easily installed and, due to the reinforcing pattern, can eventually change its shape. Feltscape exploits generative design and parametric tools to precisely adjust the object to the characteristics of different spaces and to user requirements.
Nationality: France, Italy
Country of Residence: United Kingdom
Theophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero are architectural designers based in London. They graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL, where they pursued research on textile composite materials. Their design approach, through hands-on experience, combines traditional craftsmanship and innovative robotic fabrication techniques.