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DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. At their 2008 Dining By Design event, we worked on the interactive elements of our totally knit environment. Completing the lighting effects are charger plates created out of crocheted fiber optics, and walls of fiber optics. At the beginning of the evening there will be someone knitting in the suite, adding a level of performance, as if she is “finishing the space.” Her knitting needles are her musical instrument, creating an aural environment as well. This knit environment combines Rockwell Group’s central interests in craft and making, bringing people together through ritual, and new technology.

The Lab collaborated with the design team at Rockwell Group to create these custom martini glasses with knit cozies. They use capacitive sensing (sometime called a “touch” sensor) to trigger changes in the intensity of the light, so that the LED lights at the base illuminate when someone picks up the glass.

Adding to the performativity of the space, there are knitting needles at every place setting that also function as musical instruments. When the needles touch each other, each pair make a different note to create a harmonic aural environment.