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The Immersion Room

‘The Immersion Room’, an interactive installation of digitised wallpapers from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's collection, illustrated how we create ideas of utopia within our own homes.

Looking at the transformative capability of wallpaper in creating ideal homes over nearly 300 years, the project offered up a selection of papers from the museum's extensive archives for digital exploration. A digital pen changed the paper projected. If a preferred utopian backdrop was not found from a range of 100 on offer, visitors could design an alternative on the console table, where they could also collect and save designs to be viewed later.

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Photography: Ed Reeve


Administering Body:

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design Team:

Cooper Hewitt

Local Projects


Gregory Herringshaw

Supporting Bodies:

The Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Additional support from Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee; Flavor Paper; Osborne & Little; Hadley Exhibits

2016 Exhibitors