A light on the tiles

Billie Jean tiles inspired by Michael Jackson

Billie Jean is an innovative wall covering concept that incorporates a collection of translucent glass tiles designed to illuminate the bathroom. The design, by Finnish designer Henrik Amberla, was a submission for a competition run by home design company DNA+.

Amberla took his inspiration from a Michael Jackson music video in which the mere touch of Jackson’s feet is enough to trigger lights in the pavement tiles. When not in use the tiles appear to be made from one simple material, however, when illuminated the translucent glass bulb allows a soft, atmospheric lighting of the bathing environment.

With his design, Amberla wanted to highlight the demise of the traditional incandescent light bulb whilst at the same time offering a modern alternative.

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