Concept & Product Design 

Kaijie Chen


GOOD DESIGN® Award in Building Materials Category,2018

Modern life has long forced us to work against natural forces. We live in concrete covered urban environments, eat exotic foods out of season, but change is in the air. Nature forces like magnetism that inspired me to not only use manmade techniques like 3d printing, but to combine technology with the creativity and power of nature itself .

"Nature Force” is designed as a modular interactive tile with a light-sensitive led panel.


Using ‘Spontaneous’ process to grow 3D structure organically inside of resin and produce one of a kind products every time a new object is made. This process allows me to meet uncertainty and surprise while creating bespoke products with limited control, and to look at inventively ways of the rule of materials.

Many thanks to Jennifer Biggs and Joe Geiger for interactive LED panel instruction

The iron fillings turn into shimmer as the surface is buffed into frost. While surface is wetted by certain condition, it becomes transparent and inside structure appears.


Interactive led lights are stimulated by human interaction and induce a slight ripple then spread out to the top of the surface. Light traveled inside of the sculptured tile from different angles, resulting in enchanting and ever-changing light and shadow effects.

“Nature Force” is made as a building material for both vertical (wall tile) and horizontal (flooring) purposes. Especially while using as an exterior wall installation, “Nature Force” provides unexpected and poetic interact with passersby, creating a unique experience and feel.