Light Space: Textile Illumination Symposium 14/09 (2018)

With textiles as substrate, this symposium explores how new lighting technologies can become part of architectural design practice as a means of supporting more resilient ways of living.

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The interplay between light and materials is fundamental to the way we understand and appreciate the built environment. Textile and architectural design practices share the common aim to find ways by which to understand and design the articulation of natural and artificial lighting so as to enhance the perception and quality of lived space.

In early 20th century, gas and electricity introduced artificial lighting as a new material for architecture. Today a new generation of  digital and light-emitting technologies from OLED to glowing bacterias and 4D printing are presenting new technological platforms for lighting design.

With textiles as substrate, this symposium explores how these new lighting technologies can become part of architectural design practice as a means of supporting more resilient ways of living. By questioning the material practices of this new generation of lighting, we ask how more integrative design practices can be fostered.

  • How can we develop new methods of integration so that these new technologies can become part of the spatial design and not add-on layers?
  • How can we craft these technologies in more sustainable ways that allow for biodegradable and renewable designs?
  • How can they expand or renew the way lighting is used for more resilient practices of inhabitation ?

By inviting a broad interdisciplinary array of speakers from architecture, textiles and lighting design, this seminar aims to facilitate new interdisciplinary dialogues needed to facilitate such new practices.


9h Welcome by Aurélie Mosse & Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen

9.15-10.45: Technologies Panel
Constance Moretti / Brochier Technologies, France Head of research of fibre optics
Koen van Os / Signify (former Philips Lighting Research), Netherlands
Birger Lindberg Møller / Center for Synthetic Biology – Copenhagen University

11.15-12.45: Application Panel
Astrid Mody /  ÅF Lighting, Denmark
Astrid Krogh / Artist Denmark
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen / KADK CITA

13:30 – 15.30:  Perspectives Panel
Aurelie Mosse / Soft Matters Research Group, Ensad, France
Teresa van Dongen /  Designer, Netherlands
Katja Bulow / KADK Lightlab
Svenja Keune / Swedish School of Textiles, Boras

16:00-17:00: Discussion

Moderator: Carole Collet / Central Saint Martins, Great Britain

Registration – The seminar is free of charge. Please register if you want to participate in the seminar: Register for the seminar

Venue KADK, Auditorium 3
Philip de Langes Allé 10
1435 København K, Denmark

The seminar is kindly supported by CITA and the Institut Français Danemark

Cover image: Milena Gateau, e-textile workshop, Ensad

Microbiologic textile futures (2018)

A 6-weeks workshop collaboration with WAAG’s textile lab, Amsterdam for Ensad textile design master students

Students explore by groups of two the potential of microbiology for the development of more sustainable textile concepts, processes and outcomes. By learning how to produce colours from bacteria and investigating how materials such as kombucha or mycelium leather can be grown, they will question and explore the  design opportunities and constraints offered by these microbiologically produced substances for the expansion and renewal of the textile industry.

Pedagogic team :

  • Aurélie Mosse, Jean-François Bassereau, ENSAD
  • Ista Boszhard, Cecilia Raspanti, WAAG

Profanations textiles (2018)

A book collaboration with the architectural agency SCAU and the textile & matter design department of Ensad 

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How textiles can transform the way we think and materialise space?  How to suggest more resilient relationships between buildings, their inhabitants and their environment? Here are some of the questions permeating this book. They have been tackled through the site of the Saint-Eustache church in the heart of Paris in the context of a pedagogical workshop developed by Soft Matters and their colleagues of the object design,  interior architecture and textile design departments of ENSAD in collaboration with the architectural agency SCAU. The different ideas explored by the students constitute the warp of this book. The weft is composed of a series of texts linking or prolonging the viewpoints, the blind spots drawn by these projects.  Jean-François Bassereau addresses more specifically the fold as a useful metaphor for design-led research methodology while Aurélie explores the meaning of the veil as a space and the metaphore of the skin as a mean to change the way we inhabit space.

Distributed by Les Presses du Réel.


E-textiles (2017)

A 2-weeks workshop collaboration with Maurin Donneaud for Ensad textile design master students 

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Developed from 4 till 15th of December within the framework of the « new know-how » course (textile & matter department), this workshop aims at introducing master students to the design of electronic textiles by a combination of lectures, practical exercices (Arduino programing, designing & crafting conductive textile circuits etc.), and a final phase of individual creation and appropriation delivered as a e-textile prototype.

Pedagogic team :

  • Maurin Donneaud, Datapaulette
  • Aurélie Mosse, ENSAD

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Textilised Atrium (2017)

A 5-weeks workshop collaboration with the architectural agency SCAU, Paris for Ensad textile design master students 


From the Atrium, the future library of the Montpellier University of Letters imagined by SCAU, students explore  of how self-actuated textiles can take in charge the most ephemeral and evolving part of architectural temporalities: thermal comfort, personalization of spaces and ambiences, more virtuous integration of innovation cycles and of their obsolescence, contribution to visual, olfactive, acoustic comfort, reduction of the energetic consumption of the building.

For further information about the collaboration, please visit this dedicated website:

Pedagogic team :

  • Aurélie Mosse, Jean-François Bassereau, ENSAD
  • François Gillard, Eric de Thoisy, SCAU