Should anyone ask, a wall of felt pixels

The floor is wood, the wall is wood. The challenge is to avoid everything being too “woody”.

So we have a 16 meters of wall (diagram below holding the doors that lead to the lounge, workroom, bedroom 3 and bedroom 2) that could be painted white. Or, felted… 

Additionally the end of the passage has a light installation that looks something like this:

So what if we were continue that pixelation over to the wall around it – albeit not illuminated and perhaps more colourful (3 bit colour?).

Felt? Why Felt?

Lots of colours to choose from.

I started looking around at materials for the wall and realised that this block of the apartment leads to the sleeping rooms – so something cozy and soft-ish. And the big win from using felt: sound absorption! A hard floor, second wall, and glass ceiling could lead to a very echo-y corridor. So thinking about other materials starts to become important. Felt is also reasonably priced (potential suppliers include VFG and Filzfabrik).

So I started with a Pinterest Board: Pixel Wall Some of the options I like are the restrained pallets like this. I also like the three-dimensionality of the wall. Perhaps wooden blocks behind felt could create a similar effect.

One interesting aspect of the passage wall is that doors are hidden. A panel can be a panel or could be a door. You don’t know until you push. Right now it’s:

  • Panel
  • Panel
  • Panel
  • Door to bedroom 2
  • Panel
  • Door to bedroom 3
  • Panel
  • Door to front door wardrobe (1)
  • Door to front door wardrobe (2)
  • Panel
  • Door to Workroom
  • Panel / hiding sliding door to Lounge
  • Gap/sliding door to louge
  • Fireplace 
  • Gap/other sliding door to lounge
  • Final Panel / other sliding door to lounge.

It’s a long list. But the point is that this is a continuous space punctuated by access to rooms. Which leaves us with two approaches:

  1. Ignore the panneling and design for a single pixelated image or gradient that spans the entire hallway.
  2. make each panel/door different (there will still be no indicator as to which are doors and which are panels.)

Assuming option (1) and going for a giant pattern that spans the 16 meters and LED board at the end of the passage (±1.5m) side passage (±5M).  For most of the way the height will be 3.4m.

Summary: we need a pixelated display that is 21.5meters long x 3.4m high = ± 70m²!

  • Assuming 10cm “pixels” we end up with 7000 pixels.
  • Assuming 20cm “pixels” we end up with 1750 pixels. 

This is where I need your help:

I’d like to generate the pixel pattern from a limited set of colours and heights  (perhaps varying between 5mm, 10mm and 15mm in front of the wall). The colour palette should be reasonably restrained (perhaps a maximum of 5 colours) since each colour will be another order of felt rolls. 

Reclaimed wood wall art 3d wall art wood wall sculpture
This is an example with wooden blocks but ideally this would be done using 5mm thick felt.

So there you have it. The future is felted. If you have ideas for a quick algorithm to generate a pixel felt wall, I’d love to experiment together.

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