Light-Emitting Wallpaper From Jonas Samson
Light-emitting wallpaper is an art project concept created by Jonas Samson. The intent is to be able to use any two-dimensional flat surface as a source of light.
(Jonas Samson's Light-Emitting Wallpaper)
When the light is turned off, the wallpaper returns to its default state - ordinary wallpaper.
I can think of several different sfnal ideas that are precursors to this idea; try this one. Consider the Illuminum from Richard Morgan's 2003 novel Altered Carbon.
The walls and ceiling bore an irregular spacing of illuminum tiles whose half-life was clearly almost up...
Update 13-Mar-2012: See also the wall-lights from Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Foundation and Empire.
If you're curious about similar futuristic but real-world lighting possibilities, take a look at the SkyCeiling Big Indoor Sky.
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