Jonas Althaus (Cream on Chrome)
Jonas Althaus is a designer focusing on social interfaces and variants of human-technology interaction and communication. He holds a master in Social Design (2018, Design Academy Eindhoven, NL). Topics like embedded values in technologies, automated living environments and distance in the age of connectivity crystallize in various objects and installations. As Artists in Residence in Shimane (Japan) in 2019 he developed a handmade conductive paper in collaboration with traditional paper craftsmen. This material is the core of his touch-interactive glowing room divider ‘Sensory Washi’ – a modern reference to Japan’s famous paper walls.
In 2018 he co-founded the design and research studio ‘Cream on Chrome’ based in Rotterdam, together with interaction designer Martina Huynh. One of their ongoing projects, 4-D News, aims to make the temporal layers of news stories more accessible. They are developing experimental media-formats and digital tools in collaboration with software engineers and journalistic institutions.