Torbjorn Lundell has just launched a new light-emitting textile at the 2006 Stockholm Furniture Fair called
GloFab. This is such a fabulous idea it makes you wonder why this development has taken so long. It has always seemed to me like it should be pretty straightforward to weave fiber-optic cables into textiles, and then pump light through those cables to create a radiant fabric. Apparently, the trick is that fiber optic cables can only be bent so much before light can no longer pass through them. This little rule of physics explains why the knots of GloFab are all so large, giving the textile a beautiful gossamer look which perfectly suits its ethereal glowing quality.
GloFab would make a lovely wall or ceiling covering, eliminating the need for lamps or other light fixtures. I can’t wait to see further developments on this front. More fiber optic textiles please!