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A reflex is an action that is performed without conscious thought in response to given stimuli. Re:flex is a reconfigurable, programmable material that changes its shape in response to heat.

Natural materials and structures constantly respond and adapt to changes in the environment. This makes organisms resilient to change. Yet our built environment is static, and does not morph in response to changing conditions as natural structures do.

The idea of a living, breathing material world has captured the imagination of people for centuries. Advancements in smart material technology have allowed us to pursue this vision of active matter. However, where are these materials in our everyday lives?

Inspired by natural processes of homeostasis, we set out to create an intelligent material that could be embedded into the everyday. Re:flex is a thermally responsive material. You can heat it, deform it into a temporary shape, and cool it down to freeze it in place. When heated again, it remembers and returns to its original shape.

With re:flex, we imagine a world where the materials we use are no longer inert, allowing objects to be reshaped by users to suit their needs.

Karlijn Sibbel

Pierre Azalbert

Benton Ching

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re:flex is the result of experiment-driven research into materials that can respond to physical stimuli.

Benton Ching, Karlijn Sibbel and Pierre Azalbert are a multidisciplinary team with a passion for bridging the gap between scientific research and everyday life. At the heart of their practice is an ethos of accessibility – translating the arcane into the understandable. Their work encompasses the fields of new material development, technological reinterpretation and immersive experience.