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New Luminous Carpets™ from Philips and Desso - part of Rem Koolhaas' vision for Venice's architect Biennale

15 July 2014 - The brand new innovative Philips/Desso Luminous Carpets™ is being showcased at the prestigious 14th international architecture exhibition, the Venice Biennale, as requested by the Dutch architect and director of this year’s Architecture Biennale, Rem Koolhaas.

Described by Koolhaas as a "startling innovation" the pioneering carpet is being showcased in the Venice Biennale's Elements of Architecture exhibition, which focuses on the fundamentals of buildings such as the floors, walls, ceilings, the roof and corridors.

Luminous Carpets

“This collaboration has produced exciting potential for the functionality of the carpet. We were very pleased to be able to include this innovation in the Elements of Architecture exhibition as an example of the future of flooring. “

Rem Koolhaas

“We are excited to have been asked to contribute to the Elements of Architecture at Biennale. This innovation fundamentally transforms how people interact with a space. It turns the flooring into a dynamic canvas with endless applications engaging directly with our senses and natural inclination to seek out light. We are honoured to have been asked to contribute to this exciting exhibition - the Elements of Architecture at Biennale.”

Ed Huibers, Sales and Marketing Director at Philips

“Innovation drives what we do at Desso, organised around three key elements: Creativity, Functionality and Cradle to Cradle®. We are thrilled that the new carpet, the result of an exciting collaboration with Philips, is being showcased at the Architect Biennale in Venice.”

Alexander Collot d’Escury, CEO of Desso

The LED-based Luminous Carpets™ was recently launched in The Netherlands and the UK with other countries soon to follow.

More info can be found on the new website

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