Paris 2017 – In their Papier Machine booklet Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage gathered a family of 13 paper-made electronic toys ready to be cut, coloured, folded, assembled or torn. The French designers showcased their creation at the Rising Talent exhibition at Maison&Objet Fall 2017 which featured the works of talented students of ENSCI – École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle – where Pinaffo and Pluvinage graduated.
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Papier Machine is made of conductive or thermo-sensitive ink and a kit of components such as batteries and propellors. “We invite you to dive into an expedition revealing what hides behind our machines’ magic black boxes: a world of materials, shapes, colors, stories and even smell.” Explain Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage. “Rules are simple: developing spontaneous shapes, a free and fictional act which sets new linguistics between machine and paper.”
Each page of Papier Machine requires assembling and folding dye-cut pages and adding electronic components to create interactive toys which can lit up, bleep and even respond to weight pressure, humidity or wind.
Among the toys included is SWITCH, “a starving chameleon begging for a thrown aluminum foil to hit its rimshot/mouth”. If your throw succeeds, five black pupils/dots change colour [Video]. SWITCH 2 is a paper responsive pinball with silent ambushes around the corner [Video].
GYROSCOPE invites you to tilt a paper sheet with a magnetic 8-shaped circuit printed on it to roll a marble without going off-track [Video]. WIND SENSOR is a fringed paper ghost-shaped toy that bleeps when it’s blown on [Video].
Assemble and hang HUMIDITY SENSOR to the wall and then arm yourself with a a straw and spitball-darts. Try to score thew bull’s eye, the design will change color according to your precision [Video].
WRITING TRACK is a vertical zigzagged path which sends a ball down a serpentine corridor to create different noises oscillating between melodies and Morse code [Video].
TILT SWITCH is a balanced design responding and bleeping to weights on top of a semi-cylindrical and bascular geometric scale. [Video].
“In the electronic tropics, paper mutates. On this printed land, we stride along the silkscreened silver paths and their networks of batteries and connected roots, we pick bunches of metamorphosis and plant a projection space where intuition leads the game.” Explain Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage.
All photos: courtesy of Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Plivinage.