Many refugees in The Netherlands are housed in large halls. These halls often don’t have isolation which results in temperature variations. Not a pleasant place to live for refugees, including many children, who spend most of their time here waiting.

To a child virtually anything can become special and serve as a toy. But in this case, a bed, a dresser and sanitation are the only objects in their living space.

This heating pad SHIFT provides warmth when it’s cold. The yarn is treated with a thermochromic dye and woven into a smart textile using the Ikat technique. Therefore children can change the color of the patterns simply by heating or cooling the fabric. For example by rubbing it.

The original color quickly shifts back after cooling, which allows hours of playing and fascination.