Illumination for Wallflowers
Along with the coffee pot and the stove, checking to see that the wallpaper is turned off before leaving your home may actually become a typical routine in the not-so-distant future.
Dutch designer Jonas Samson aimed to create a two-dimensional surface that functions as both a light source and wall covering - a pretty unique concept in the world of wallpaper, to be sure. On top of that, it could be a unique, space-saving alternative for ambient lighting.
For the prototype, the "on" position reveals a bird taking flight from a tree-like pattern. While "off," all that's visible is just your regular ol' wallpaper.
Should this go into production mode, I would hope the actual physical wallpaper would come in a variety of palatable colors. To be able to customize or design your own light pattern and paper would be pretty nifty, too. That, however, could easily prove to be a point of contention: "You want what design?! I'm sorry, but I just can't live with mudflap girls emblazoned on my living room wall..."
Found via CubeMe