DecorAction is a PhD project where we explore interaction techniques with decorative objects that surrounds our environments, extending their capabilities, meanings and value further than aesthetics to propose functions that are beyond their traditional purpose. The project utilizes smart materials (malleable, shape-changing or colour-changing) that can be embedded within everyday decorative objects and interior elements (furniture, curtains, cushions, wall-art, etc) to add interactivity and playfulness to the interior space.

The aim is to explore this design space and investigate ways of how the interior design can interact by soft sensing and actuation i.e. appearance-change (shape-change, skin-change, texture, colour, pattern, light/shadows) to support the physiological and psychological well-being of people within the space, using the already existing interior decorative objects.