The makers of digital wall paper.
ENESS is a new media design studio. We work at the intersection of art and technology. Combining varying disciplines including lighting, software, interaction design, product design, sculpture and architecture, the outcomes are often unique and unexpected.
Founded in 1997 ENESS has pioneered the art of 3D projection mapping and interactive real-time motion tracking in theater and extreme sports. Our work has been exhibited worldwide in museums of modern art, to the streets of Mumbai.
New media design studio ENESS is already taking self-driving car principles into the built form.
While we watch self-driving cars evolve in front of our square eyes, new media design studio ENESS has pulled apart the mechanics and adopted that same technology to use in architecture.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is the latest in tracking technology, used in self-driving cars for companies like Uber, Mercedes, Tesla and Google.
ENESS uses LiDAR to detect peoples’ actions, turning this information into interactive visuals for their latest high-tech walls, LUMES. Walls are transformed into a light-emitting material that visually reacts to movement, objects, temperature and time of day. LiDAR is a cost-effective method of detecting human movements on a deeper level, down to a fingertip touch. This opens up new possibilities, interiors can now react to people inside a space.
ENESS continues to use this interactive technology for projects in every context, from public foyers and atriums, to collaborative workspaces and airports. They are keen to speak to collaborators and architects interested in designing world-class immersive spaces, and interested in learning about the interactive potential in architecture.
Bring Light, Colour and Stories to Any Space
ENESS is reimagining walls. Their 20-year obsession for what could emerge from the mix of art and technology led to a two-year journey to launching LUMES.
LUMES is a light emitting canvas designed to integrate into interior walls and other surfaces imaginable. Their aim is to create immersive experiences that seamlessly blend into any space. LUMES uses LEDs in an elegant way, artfully synchronizing visuals to tell stories through colour and movement.
With LUMES, architects can create environments where walls have the ability to react to time, weather, movement, vibration, audio – even skeletal and facial recognition. Each technical flourish has been designed to create a singular visual experience for the built environment.
If “every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet… a great original interpreter of his time”, as Frank Lloyd Wright says, LUMES is the instrument in designing a new emotive experience.
Translucent Wood and Light Installation Brightens Children's Hospital in Australia.
For children especially, hospitals can be anxiety-inducing and overwhelming space. New media studio ENESS aims to change that experience with their installation LUMES, a light-emitting wood piece, the first of which is now on display at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Australia.
Integrated into the building by Australian architects DesignInc, LUMES is designed to engage patients in a positive, calming environment. The interactive material straddles the worlds of art and technology, coming to life as people walk past. According to the designers, animals peek their heads out of grass that grows with movement, animated raindrops fall on passers-by, rockets launch and animated runners follow human movements—all in bright colors displayed on natural materials.
“Our goal was to maximize the space with interactive experiences that children could intuitively use,” said Andrea Rindt, Nurse Director for Women and Children at Cabrini Hospital.
Next, ENESS hopes to expand LUMES, spreading its interactive whimsy to other programmatic spaces, such as hospitality and retail. By leveraging its specialties in lighting, software, interactive media, product design, sculpture, and architecture, ENESS intends to collaborate with interior designers to broaden LUMES’s material palette and integrate LUMES into new architectural concepts.