… a Seventh Framework Programme

In May 2012 it was announced that our consortium’s submitted EU proposal were among the 3 out of 32 competing entries that got through the second submission round, meaning that grants were given. A long process of setting up the logistics and securing the fulfilment of the initial concepts followed.

Finally in February 2013 the kick-off of ‘Light.Touch.Matters‘ took place. Light.Touch.Matters is a unique cooperation between product designers, material scientists and the industry, with 17 partners from 9 EU countries. In this project, designers and scientists join forces to develop a new generation of smart materials that can sense touch and movement and respond with light. The fact that the project involves industry secures a steady way towards realisation of the ideas.

Diffus Design is proud to be part of this very skilled consortium and looks forward to do pioneering work over the next 3.5 years under this framework.

A remarkable thing about Light.Touch.Matters is that for the first time EU have called for designers and engineers to collaborate through the whole development process. The idea behind is that the development process will be accelerated and research in materials and physics, user experiences and design skills are the core qualities and driving forces of the project.

This video presents the project and the method of working.

The product IS the interface

There is 11 science and technology objectives that frame the mission of our consortium:

  1. Achieve continuous and intensive dialogue between product designers and material researchers
  2. Implement and validate an effective design-driven materials R&D methodology
  3. Develop fully-flexible Piezo plastics for low-cost, high-volume touch sensing applications
  4. Develop fully-flexible OLEDs with improved aesthetic properties for signage applications
  5. Develop fully-novel thin, flexible, integrated touch-sensitive luminous materials
  6. Develop a range of tactile qualities
  7. Develop manufacturing methods to integrate ‘light touch materials’ into parts and products
  8. Design novel product interfaces that exploit the unique touch and luminosity properties
  9. Assure best-in-class environmental impact of the materials and products developed
  10. Assure broad application of the novel smart materials developed in the creative and general industry
  11. Foster design-driven materials innovation in the EU


TheCorsortium members are:

  1. Technische Universiteit Delft
  2. Trend Union (Studio Edelkoort)
  3. Diffus Design Aps
  4. Fuelfor SL
  5. Fjord SL
  6. Pilotfish Gmbh
  7. Lamb Industries Ltd
  8. Minima Design Ltd
  9. Van Berlo BV
  10. Grado Zero Espace Srl
  11. Aito Interactive Oy
  12. Material Connexion Italia Srl
  13. Bax&Willems SL
  14. Holst Centre
  15. Brunel University
  16. University College London
  17. Mälardalen Högskola


For more information about Light.Touch.Matters and the consortium visit:
Light.Touch.Matters’ facebook page
Light.Touch.Matters’ LinkedIn group

Official press release: LTM press release