Touchy-Feely Tiles: Sensory ConversationsPosted: March 3, 2011
Founded in 2006 by architects Stephanie Davidson and George Rafailidis, Touchy-Feely, is a design and consultancy firm interested on the ways our bodies interact with the architectural surfaces around us. The architects’ designs encourage physical interaction with the built environment.
Touchy-Feely’s found space tiles, relief forms taken from people leaning against walls, is one of their most recognized design projects. These ceramic wall tiles are designed in posture-specific clusters of two or more but can also be integrated into standard tiled surfaces. As Davidson and Rafailidis say, these are tiles that “reach out” to be touched.
Trigger points, another Touchy-Feely project, are heated wall surface elements. Why? For self-massage, of course! Again, this project encourages physical interaction between body and building.