What are Smart Textiles? And what can they be used for? The Stockholm exhibition on Smart Textiles, where tomorrow’s textiles are on display, opens on February 2nd.
– Our ambition is to show the things we develop with the Smart Textiles initiative and also to inspire by showing what one can do with textiles for various lines of business, says Erik Bresky, process manager for the Smart Textiles initiative.

A knitted blood-vessel, a chair that emits sounds, a suit that stimulates musculature, or a carpet that lights up when stepped upon. There are many examples and a wide range of smart textiles, functional materials and technical textiles. For the first time ever, a large portion of the work done within the Smart Textiles initiative is on display in a nine-day exhibition at Galleri KG52 in Stockholm.

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From the left, Traces (Spår) – a luminous carpet developed by Linda Worbin and Anna Persson in collaboration with Kasthall. The textile blood-vessel Y-Graft by innovators Torbjörn Lundh and Erney Mattsson in collaboration with Smart Textiles. A couple of examples of what visitors will find at the exhibition.

Winner of millions

In 2008, the Smart Textiles research project was declared VINNVÄXT winners by the innovation agency VINNOVA and was granted seven million SEK per year for eight years. Since then, extensive research and development has been conducted, both at an experimental level and in collaboration with companies.
– We have developed into a dynamic environment characterized by interaction between University College, business community, institution and society. The ideas behind the projects are just as likely to have come from a doctor as from a designer, says Erik Bresky.

The exhibition at Galleri KG52 in Stockholm opens on February 2nd and visitors will have a unique opportunity to study a large variety of examples of what smart textiles are and in which areas their potential uses are.

Create your own smart textile

The 50 first visitors at the opening will be given the opportunity to create their very own smart textile.

Written by: Ida Borenstein and Therese Rosenblad
Photo: Jan Berg and Henrik Bengtsson