Sensory Explorations: Jan Martinov's Visionary Bachelor's Thesis Unveils the Future of Multisensory Design

A Student-Driven Odyssey into Multisensory Product Design

In collaboration with NIO and guided by the expertise of Prof. Gabriele N. Reichert, Simon Busse, and Florian Schmid, Jan Martinov‘s bachelor’s thesis, titled “Sensory Worlds,” delves into the uncharted realms of perception. Far beyond the conventional focus on visual aesthetics, Martinov’s work boldly asserts that every sense is a vital and intricate facet of our perceptual experience. Focusing on the convergence of design and sensory exploration, Martinov invites us to reconsider the role of sight, touch, and smell.

Light “Sol” | A Visual Symphony:

Sensory Explorations: Jan Martinov's Visionary Bachelor's Thesis Unveils the Future of Multisensory Design


At the forefront of this sensory revolution is the sculptural light, “Sol.” This luminary masterpiece skillfully employs processed glasses to artfully represent the surroundings in diffuse, clear, or even invisible ways. “Sol” celebrates the intricate dance between light and perception, transforming our environment into a dynamic visual experience.

Side Table “Atmos” | A Breath of Fresh Air:

Sensory Explorations: Jan Martinov's Visionary Bachelor's Thesis Unveils the Future of Multisensory Design


The “Atmos” side table, a paragon of low-tech ingenuity, showcases the potential of natural and innovative materials in purifying indoor air. Ingeniously using natural stone and air-purifying textiles, this table contributes to a cooler and more pleasant indoor atmosphere without the need for electrical energy. “Atmos” embodies the marriage of functionality and sustainability in design.

Fashion Piece “Algeria” | The Art of Touch:

Sensory Explorations: Jan Martinov's Visionary Bachelor's Thesis Unveils the Future of Multisensory Design


The sense of touch takes center stage in “Algeria,” a fashion piece that goes beyond conventional wear. Equipped with intelligent materials for warmth retention, this versatile jacket seamlessly transitions into a blanket, making it a cozy companion for both home and on-the-go use. With cooling linen fabric on the exterior, and future possibilities of nanofibers, “Algeria” epitomizes the fusion of tactile aesthetics and practical functionality.

The implications of Martinov’s work extend far beyond the realm of design aesthetics. Air-purifying textiles could revolutionize vehicle and aircraft manufacturing, enhancing indoor air quality. Innovative glasses open up new perspectives on the world outside, while smart materials promise efficient heat storage for car seats and portable applications. The potential applications of these findings are diverse, promising exciting innovations across various fields.

As we navigate through life, our senses shape our experiences, from the beginning and into the future. Jan Martinov’s “Sensory Worlds” paves the way for a future where our surroundings are a symphony of sensory delights, seamlessly integrated into the fabric of our daily lives.

Photo Credit: Jan Martinov

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