Project Reefstone

Data-generative garment that visualizes the effects of global warming.



Project Reefstone is a data-generative garment that visualizes the dramatic change of global temperature in the last 40 years.  Each piece of fabric panel is laser cutted according to the global land-ocean temperature index data provided by NASA. The form resembles the bleached coral reefs, and are decaying due to the rise of global temperature. There is beauty in its form and decay, but it also illuminates the dangers of a rapidly declining ecosystem. We want to raise awareness about the impact of global warming and tell its story through a high concept and data-driven garment.

Reefstone garment sketches.

Reefstone garment sketches.


Material: 3D printed enclosures, laser-cutted upcycled fabrics, organic linen

Hardware: Arduino Gemma, LEDs

Software: customized laser cutting pattern generator developed with Rune.js, Javascript

Data Source: Global Land-ocean Temperature Index from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies


Video: Tang Yi

Model: Nour Chamoun

Music: Less Effectives


Code Generated Graphic Based on  NASA global temperature

Code Generated Graphic Based on NASA global temperature

Laser Cutting Prototype Pieces

Laser Cutting Prototype Pieces

Construction Prototype

Construction Prototype

Showcased at:

Future Textile Library Exhibition

SXSW 2017

NYU Prototyping Fund