re :flex is a shape memory material that can be programmed to change its form in response to heat. Despite over three decades of research into shape memory materials, they have still yet to be widely adopted and are largely invisible in our everyday lives. They are prohibitively expensive, difficult to obtain and even more difficult to process. Inspired by natural structures where the material is the machine, we developed re:flex as a low cost, widely available and more sustainable shape memory material that can be manufactured at low temperatures on a large scale. With re:flex we imagine a world where the materials we use are no longer inert, allowing objects to be reshaped by users according to their needs.
re:flex was exhibited at the London Design Festival 2019 alongside other innovative materials at the Material Driven 100% Design stand.