We bring together design, technology, and architecture to create interactive experiences for clients ranging from global luxury and tech brands, to office and retail spaces.

We make physical space interactive. Our work moves beyond static digital interfaces to bring interactivity directly into the built environment, resulting in multi-sensory experiences that are enhanced, rather than supplanted, by technology. This might take the form of a sculpture in a building lobby that subtly responds to passersby, or an installation at an experience center that playfully introduces a new product to customers. We focus on creating shared experiences that leave people feeling connected to a place or a brand.

Patten Studio was founded in 2006 by MIT Media Lab PhD and TED Senior Fellow James Patten. As Principal, James leads a team of artists and creative technologists specializing in a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: lighting design, sound engineering, projection mapping, software development, electronics design, mechanical design, robotics, and kinetic sculpture.

We reinvest half of studio profits in internal R&D projects to explore the future of interactivity and remain on the cutting edge of interaction design. This allows us to deliver interactive experiences to our clients that have never been done before.

Want to hear more about James? Read Meet James Patten.

Interested in learning about our Design Principles? Read Architecting Experience.



  • Permanent Installations
  • Exhibits
  • Narrative Environments
  • Immersive Experiences
  • Placemaking
  • Public Artwork


  • Brand Activations
  • Experiential Marketing
  • Branded Events
  • Trade Shows
  • Retail Store Concepts


  • In-house Research and Development 
  • Custom Electronics Design
  • Tactile Interfaces

Design Strategy

  • Research, Analysis, Ideation, and Evaluation

Design Development

  • Creative Direction, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, and Mechanical Design

Project Execution

  • Project Management, Software Development, Electronics Design, Robotics, Fabrication, Installation, and Maintenance
How We Work

We love to bring a project from start to finish, from strategy to installation. We are also happy to collaborate and execute concepts that others have conceived. When Patten Studio is included in the early stages of project development, we can explore a range of technological and interactive possibilities. Our clients find that strategy, concept, and execution come together to result in extraordinary experiences.

Get In Touch

Have a project in mind? Reach out to info@pattenstudio.com.

Interested in writing about the work we do? Reach out to press@pattenstudio.com.

Want to work with us? Please complete our online job application

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