Design for serene textile experiences: A toolkit

S. Parisi*, H.L. McQuillan, E. Karana

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Serenity plays a pivotal role in human wellbeing, as it fosters an enduring sense of peace and calmness. Everyday textile artifacts, with their qualities of softness, malleability, and flexibility, hold the capacity to greatly enhance serenity in user experiences. Drawing from the foundation of materials experience and material-driven design, this paper introduces a design toolkit aimed at harnessing the potential of textiles in creating serene experiences. The toolkit was refined through two exploratory workshops involving design professionals from both academic and industrial backgrounds. By emphasizing the interplay of form, material, and time in textile experiences, this toolkit offers a vocabulary and set of techniques for discussing and designing for serene textile experiences across different material and time scales. We further explore avenues for the toolkit's employment, expansion, and adaptation for use in a wide array of material-driven design projects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Materials experience
  • Serenity
  • Textiles
  • Design tools
  • Well-being


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