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WORTH Partnership Project


Textile facade elements with different glowing patterns


The project

A collection of decorative facade elements with different glowing patterns using conductive, phosphorescent and luminescent inks to create design effects using an innovative printing technology combining low power consumption and design.



We are the iluTex team and together we have formed an interdisciplinary research team that deals with the development and innovation of textile structures.

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Since 2015 we have been working on the development of innovative textile building envelopes that combine energy efficiency and impressive modern design.

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Think of it as a T-shirt that you can pull over any existing building without affecting the general building structure. The problem with existing textile façade systems is that the material structure has not changed for 30 years.

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When you look at great fashion designers, you get a different collection every 6 months. The members of our project team brought together all the necessary skills to solve this problem. 

Jan Serode, M.Sc. in architecture, is doing his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, and is passionately researching new concepts for textile building facades. Vadim Tenner, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, is also working on his doctoral thesis at the RWTH Aachen University with a focus on printed electronics and functional coatings on fabric materials. His passion is to make conventional products intelligent. Hanne-Louise Johannesen, Mag.Art. in Art History, and Michel Guglielmi, Dipl.-Architect, founders of Diffus Design Aps, Copenhagen, have a passion for developing innovative textile products, including Smart Textiles.

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Together we have developed our latest innovation: The illuminated textile façade named iluTex. The idea itself is as fascinating as it is simple. The textile membrane is combined with a light-emitting coating that stores natural solar energy during the day and glows in different colours at night. At the same time, it eliminates the lack of intimacy you have with conventional textile façades. Sustainability is also very important for us. We avoid using toxic materials in our coatings and safe energy by storing only the natural light provided by the sun.


Let us work together, bring light into the future and combine energy and design.

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Projects Edition
  • WORTH Partnership Projects I
Project Call
  • 2nd Call Projects
Project Sector
  • Furniture - Home Decoration
Project Challenge
  • High-performance materials



DIFFUS is company with a long history in design. The owners, HANNE-LOUISE JOHANNESEN and MICHEL GUGLIELMI have also participated in several development projects. One of their points of focus is the world of Smart Textiles. HANNE-LOUISE completed her Mag.Art. In Art history, at the University of Copenhagen. MICHEL completed his degree in Architecture at the Architecture School of Strasbourg, France.

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Vadim Tenner

VADIM TENNER Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Textile Engineering of RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His research focus is the functional printing on textile materials for Smart Textiles. VADIM completed his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. For the last 2 years, he has conducted research on the integration of electronics into textiles at the institute. 

Vadim Tenner
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Jan Senode

JAN SERODE is a Ph.D. candidate with a background in architecture. JAN completed his M.Sc. in Architecture at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He has worked in different architecture practices and researches new concepts for facades in his Ph.D. thesis. At the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, Germany. JAN is an expert in developing facades for buildings and will bring to the team his know-how and experience of the construction and technical restrictions of facade concepts which he is currently developing. 

Jan Senode
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