Sensory Design Studio
Sounds and Sweet Airs
Sounds and Sweet Airs is a sensory project that aims to evoke conversations about human-environment relationships through an immersive synthetic sound ecology featuring several mechanical “species” of creatures that generate sounds from everyday recycled materials. These critters, each having its own personality, are sensitive to different elements of the physical environment. When distributed in a built environment, they create an evolving soundscape that reflects the state of the space they occupy and collectively emit a nature-like sound atmosphere the kind of which is gradually disappearing in increasingly urbanised environments. Through a series of iterations and evolutions, the work rethinks humans’ sonic relationship to the built environment in relation to memories of natural habitats. By immersing the audience in a sound field of subtle auditory cues, the project stimulates more intimate sensory connections to the spaces around us.
Sensory Design Studio is a London-based multidisciplinary design studio with 3 members from different countries: Nong Hua Lim (MY), Kornbongkoch Harnpinijsak (TH) and Weichen Tang (CN). They met at the UCL Interactive Architecture Lab in 2018, then formed a design team in 2019 and started working on experiential projects that tackle the human-environment relationship with new media methods. Aiming to promote a more sensitive perceptual culture, the studio produces works from both research and design perspectives, and some main areas of exploration include sonic effect, cross-modal interaction, experiential narrative, behavioural impact and mental wellbeing.